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REMEMBERING AND HONORING BLACK WOMEN
Last year our Chicago Chapter organized the #HonorHerLabor Gallery Pop-up Event to pay honor, respect, and acknowledgement to the often unappreciated and unspoken labor of Black women and femmes. They additionally held a letter-writing event, led by Cosette Hampton, where participants wrote letters to incarcerated Black women. Each letter recipient received $100 to put on their commissary. Chicago Chapter also hosted a #SayHerName week of actions and events.
OBAMA LIBRARY COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT
The Obama Presidential Center is coming to Chicago — which unfortunately could mean displacing longtime residents. The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Coalition, of which Chicago Chapter is a part, aims to mitigate this by demanding the construction of jobs for community residents, the protection of low-income housing and home owners, a property tax freeze for long-term residents, the support and creation of Black businesses, and the strengthening of neighborhood schools. Last year, In their work for this resolution, Chicago Chapter collaborated with Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) and Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) to put on the Obama CBA Summit — which over 300 people attended. The Chicago Chapter also led a street-teaming event for the Obama CBA, as well as a rally to stop displacement by the University of Chicago and Obama Center.
Chicago's City Council is in the process of pushing for a $95 million police academy, rather than investing in education, employment, and resources for the community. Last year, the Chicago Chapter took over city hall along with organizations such as Assata's Daughters and the People's Response Team to protest against the police academy and the Fraternal Order of Police. BYP100 Chicago held a city-wide gang database teach-in with Organizing Communities Against Deportations (OCAD). Chicago Chapter also engaged in multiple actions and demonstrations for Laquan McDonald who was murdered by CPD’s Jason Van Dyke. Laquan was shot 16 times, and the Chicago mayor, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and others played a huge role in covering up the tape.