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Directed by Mariame Kaba
September is Suicide Prevention Month:
The rate of Black youth committing suicide has never been higher. A 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that for the first time, the suicide rate of Black children in between the ages of 5 and 11 had doubled between 1993 and 2013 — while the rate among white children had declined. Suicides by hanging nearly tripled among Black boys in particular. Read more HERE.
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Monday, March 21st marked four years since Detective Dante Servin killed Rekia Boyd in North Lawndale.
On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of Rekia’s death, Project Nia offers this short video which is a collaboration with filmmaker Tom Callahan. The video illustrates some of the recent organizing and struggle to achieve some #Justice4Rekia. Project Nia offers this documentation of ongoing struggle to Rekia’s family, friends and community with love and gratitude for their efforts which uplift and inspire us.
We continue to demand #Justice4Rekia. We'll continue to #SayHerName.
Photos by Kelly Hayes
On Saturday, February 20th we participated in a pop up library celebrating Black women & girls.
Join us at 7pm, Wednesday, April 6th at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Photos courtesy of Love & Struggle Photos.
On April 1st, we joined tens of thousands of Chicagoans as we stood up to Rahm Emanuel, Governor Rauner and their cohort of corporate conspirators who are working to protect the rich while implementing massive cuts intent on destroying our communities, disproportionately impacting black and brown lives.On April 1st in Chicago, we stood up to #FightforFunding for our communities.
One of the ways that we can secure more funding for the things that matter most is to CLOSE YOUTH PRISONS across Illinois. Governor Rauner has recommended the closure of Kewanee prison. We support this AND we want the funds saved to be REINVESTED in our communities." -Project NIA
On May 13, 2016 Mayor Emanuel, after announcing his intentions to abolish IPRA. This announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is intended to drown out the call for his resignation in the wake of the 16 shots and a cover up in the Laquan McDonald case, it is intended to quell the mass protests of thousands of people in the streets demanding community control of the police #CPACNOW. It mocks the demands for justice for Rekia Boyd, Laquan McDonald, Flint Farmer, Darius Pinex, Ronald Johnson, Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones, Pedro Rios Jr, Roshad McIntosh, Desean Pittman, Angelique Styles…ALL those by murdered by Chicago police. It is intended to ignore the cry for justice of hundreds of survivors of police crimes and torture. In brief the Mayor’s proposals’ to “reshape” the system adds insult to injury. Join us to say no more smoke & mirrors!
Credit: Love & Struggle Photos
Join us and the family of Marcie J. Gerald on September 30th for a fundraiser to raise the costs necessary to place a headstone on Marcie's currently unmarked grave.
If you are unable to attend but want to contribute, please click the link below to make an online contribution.
Join us Tuesday, June 7th at 5 pm with Dr. Barbara Ransby for a Community Conversation on Felony Lynching Law and Jasmine (Richards) Abdullah's case. The event will occur at Gallery 400, located at 400 South Peoria, Chicago , IL 60607.
Jasmine's sentencing hearing will occur tomorrow morning at 8:30 am PST(10:30 am Central). You can watch live HERE. Our conversation will discuss the results of the sentencing hearing, how a California law against racial violence has been manipulated to prosecute an anti-racist organizer in California and how to move forward.
This conversation will then lead into our Black Skin/Blue Suit event where the conversation of state violence and Black resistance will be further explored with screenings of "Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory" & "Ferguson, One Year Later" by filmmaker Katina Parker, and the zine release of "Black Skin/Blue Suit" by Imani Jackson.
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We are partnering with Chicago State University for the duration of the Chicago Teacher's Union Strike, to provide a FREE space for Chicago students to gather for the duration of the strike.
We join teachers, parents, students in the call for a FAIR CONTRACT NOW!
Donate an unwrapped toy to the2nd annual RonnieMan Toy Drive!You can visit a drop off location if you are in Chicago!
Activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the history and current realities of US racism. Taylor examines how institutional racism has created and shaped the structural problems that affect Black people, such as mass incarceration and unemployment, even as more Black people hold political office than ever before. She paints a vivid picture of the context for this new struggle against police violence—and shows the potential of the Black Lives Matter movement to reignite and broaden the struggle for liberation.
Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Trinity United Church of Christ calls upon all the various strands of the peoples movement to come out and join us in protest of the cold blooded, brutal murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We will rally Monday, July 11, 2016 in Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Adams) at 4:30pm and march in the streets. We are protesting in solidarity with the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and everyone who is calling for justice and demanding systemic changes. We are demanding that President Obama, pursuant to the laws of the land, order the arrest and federal prosecution of the police criminals who murdered Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We demand justice and we want it now!
Also here in Chicago we are struggling for systemic changes in that we are campaigning for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (#CPACNOW) which we say is the only pathway to community control of the police. Join us Monday at 4:30pm in the Federal Plaza located at Dearborn and Adams.
The daughters of Bettie Jones call for the firing of Officer Robert Rialmo for killing their mom the day after Christmas, at the monthly police board hearing on February 19, 2016.
On July 24, 2016, Black Lives Matter Chicago will host an event called Ronnie Man Day, after the late Ronald "Ronnie Man" Johnson who was killed by Detective George Hernandez on October 12, 2014. This event will be held at Washington Park on 53rd and King Drive, where the murder took place. On this day, we will rename the park to "Ronald Johnson" park, celebrate the young life of Ronnie Man, honor his family and all impacted by police violence as well as honor the 2,500 young people who have been victims of gun violence between 2007 and 2014. Ronnie Man Day will intentionally draw together the families and community members who have been impacted by both state violence as well as intracommunal violence in order to honor the humanity of all who have been taken too soon and stand in unity under the demand to end all violence.
Visit RememberRekia.wordpress.com to learn how the fight to save Chicago State University, Illinois' only predominantly Black university, is directly connected to the fight for Rekia Boyd.
JOIN US for the next mass gathering of the movement for community control of the police.
Some of the Chicago aldermen are holding more public meetings to push for more fake police accountability reforms. None of the options being considered in this process involve democratic community control.Yet they are still saying you should go and have your voice be heard!
Having your voice be ‘technically' heard in a public meeting is one thing, communities having a real voice, meaning the power to hold cops accountable, and to decide & control what police can do in their neighborhoods, is another. That’s the kind of powerful voice over 35, 000 CPAC supporters, mostly from communities heavily impacted by police crimes, are fighting for.
JOIN US to make crystal clear to all our aldermen that we demand community control of the Chicago police,
NO to mayor appointed oversight board, monitor, auditor, inspector general…NO more mayor appointed Police Board, IPRA, no more Internal Affairs. ONLY an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, directly elected by and accountable to the communities of Chicago.
Video by Kuumba Lynx
Join family and loved ones of Ronald "RonnieMan" Johnson for an intimate candlelight vigil on Wednesday, October 12th, to honor his life on the second anniversary of his murder by CPD detective George Hernandez. We will gather to honor his life and legacy and to support his fighting family.
Bring candles, balloons and offerings that you would like to give to RonnieMan as well as his mother, children and family.
Monday, March 21st marked four years since Detective Dante Servin killed Rekia Boyd. Rekia's brother, Martinez Sutton, the wonderful warrior he is, said that he wanted a comedy show to highlight the fact that Rekia's smile always lit up the room and that Rekia was a bundle of joy and love. So we brought two days of comedy shows in order to honor the life of Rekia! Before the Monday, comedy show, we supported the Let Us Breathe Collective's event #BlackGirlMagic.
Project NIA's very own Mariame Kaba, who is a mentor, dear friend and sister to BLMChi, was inspired by The Free Black Women's Library, a monthly mobile library pop-up organized by Ola Ronke in NYC, to do something similar in Chicago for Black History Month. We along with others, answered her call and in a few weeks time, organized an all-day gathering that included free books, great food, a teach-in on Garvey women by Mariame, children's story hour by local teacher and Assata's Daughters organizer Tess Raser, Reiki by Lotus Love, and a zine-making workshop by A Long Walk Home, Inc.'s Scheherazade Tillet. People also participated in the #ByeAnita photo campaign to boot State's Attorney Anita Alvarez out of office in the upcoming primary elections.