Black August: Black Women And State Violence

August 2015: A number of Chicago groups have come together in the wake of Dante Servin’s acquittal to organize a series of events during the month of August that will highlight and lift up the stories and experiences of cis and trans Black women who are/have been targets of state violence. Click HERE for more information.


History of Black August – https://mxgm.org/blackaugust/blackaugust-history/

A number of Chicago groups including Black and Pink Chicago, Black Lives Matter Chicago, BYP 100 Chicago, Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Chicago Wisdom Project, FURIE, Love and Protect, Project NIA, We Charge Genocide have come together in the wake of Dante Servin’s acquittal to organize a series of events during Black August that will highlight and lift up the stories and experiences of cis and trans Black women and girls who are/have been targets of state violence.

This page lists events as they are organized and brought to our attention. This is a decentralized effort. Anyone can organize an event with a focus on cis/trans Black women and girls who are/have been targets of state violence. Some of these women might be political prisoners and/or otherwise abused and/or killed by the state.

If you organize an event and you would like it added to the list, please email niapoetry@gmail.com.

Events in Chicago during Black August (in process):

July 31st – Twitter Chat – 1 pm

August 2nd – Killing Black Women: Race, Gender and Capital Punishment — A Film Screening and Discussion (organized by Project NIA and Gallery 400) — RSVP here: killingblackwomen.eventbrite.com

August 9th – #ChiStops: A Speak Out Against Stop & Frisk and Police Violence, 2 to 5 pm (We Charge Genocide)

August 9th – Feminism and #BlackLivesMatter discussion with FURIE – Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation – 5 pm – https://www.facebook.com/events/389265637945078/

August 14th – Mini-exhibition opens (organized by Project NIA, Love & Protect, Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Young Women and Girls) – http://bloodattheroot.eventbrite.com/

August 20th — Criminalizing Black Girls – A Workshop, 1 to 4:30 pm (organized by Project NIA and Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women) – Register here: http://criminalizingblackgirls.eventbrite.com/

August 20th – Police Board meeting #FireServin, (BYP100, WCG, FURIE, WAPB, & more) 7:30p – https://www.facebook.com/events/1002605406436361/

August 21st — In honor of Black August, join a special Community Care Night for Black women and Black transfolks organized and run by BIPOC, grassroots health and healing facilitators.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1450384291955574/

August 22 — Rad Ed: Black August, 10 am to 4 pm (organized by We Charge Genocide and The Chicago Light Brigade) — https://www.facebook.com/events/888255781259600/

August 25 — “Black Trans Lives & Labor: Real Talk, Real Action” Town Hall – 5:30 to 8:30 pm (organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago) – https://www.facebook.com/events/527535844070964/

August 26 — Letter-Writing Event for Incarcerated Black Women | 6:30-8:30p | Second Unitarian Church | 656 W. Barry Ave. (organized by Love & Protect and Black and Pink: Chicago)
https://www.facebook.com/events/518078045009685/

August 28, 7 pm — “A Mother’s Struggle: Resisting Police Torture in Chicago” https://www.facebook.com/events/151114071888783/ (organized by The Chicago Torture – Justice Memorials)

August 30, 4:30 pm — Herstory: panel, workshop, & bonfire – Hales Franciscan High School (organized by the Wisdom Project & Art is Bonfire) https://www.facebook.com/events/1598446497086324/