2018 Exhibition

Do Not Resist? 100 Years of chicago police violence is a community-based, artist-led visual project & exhibition, curated by a small team of artists within For The People Artists Collective.

 

THE EXHIBIT 

While our city has recently been in national headlines around Jon Burge Torture,  the Homan Square ‘black site’, and the Laquan McDonald dash cam video, we, as both artists and organizers, see the need to go beyond a fixation on these isolated incidents. The Black Lives Matter movement is at a pivotal moment where dialogue has shifted from challenging police brutality, to challenging the violence inherent in policing as a whole system. This shift manifests in public demands being made by Black organizers to #DefundPolice and to #FundBlackFutures. The organizers within us know that this shift is critical to pushing closer towards liberation. The artists within us know that we are needed to help envision what our liberation could look like.

The exhibition will allow audience members to engage with Chicago’s history of police violence in order to better understand what led to our present circumstances. The exhibition will invite viewers to imagine a future without policing, serving as a space in which we can envision new structures for community safety that are not reliant on police and prisons.

This month-long, city-wide exhibition will take place at the Hairpin Arts Center and Art In These Times in Logan Square, Uri-Eichen gallery in Pilsen, Roman Susan Gallery in Rogers Park. The exhibition will be paired with teach-ins, workshops, performances, and panels on the topics of policing, challenging state violence, exploring abolition, and community healing.

THE ARTISTS

 

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors open to the public
6:45 PM Performances
Arewa Karen Winters (Pierre Loury’s Great Aunt)
Martinez Sutton (Rekia Boyd’s brother)
Kuumba Lynx

7:30 PM Opening Panel & Discussion
Bria Royal; For the People Artists Collective
Andrea Ritchie; author of Invisible No More
Ricardo Levins Morales; Minneapolis-based movement artist
Moderated by Page May; Assata’s Daughters

FB EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/540074266325061/
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018
REMEMBRANCE RECEPTION

Roman Susan Gallery
6:00 PM Doors open to the public
6:45 PM Program

Join us at Roman Susan Gallery as we remember and honor those we’ve lost to Chicago police violence. Hear from Rogers Park residents in the fight against police violence on REMEMBRANCE as crucial to why we fight and continue to demand the impossible.

SPEAKERS
– Maya Schenwar; author of Locked Down, Locked Out
– Maria Hadden; local activist

PERFORMANCE BY
TASHA; performance artist and activist

FB EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/876934152487693/
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
RESISTANCE RECEPTION
Larry Redmond’s solo photography works

Uri-Eichen Gallery
6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Discussion with Larry Redmond and Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression and lead organizer in the campaign for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
ART IN THESE TIMES RECEPTION

6:00 PM Doors Open

7:00 PM Panel & Discussion with Kelly Hayes of Truthout, Maya Dukmasova of the Chicago Reader, Trina Reynolds-Tyler of Invisible Institute, Alex Hernandez of In These Times, and activist, organizer, journalist and City Bureau fellow Charles Preston as moderator.

Art In These Times will be a satellite exhibit space as part of our multi-site exhibition. Housed within the walls of In These Times, an independent, non-profit magazine dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice since 1976, the space will focus on themes of historical reporting and data on police violence as pedagogy, and as a tool for uncovering a long legacy of Chicago police violence.

Exhibiting Artists: Invisible Institute – Theresa Campagna  Kelly Hayes

FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/144321912941864
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018
TEACH-IN TUESDAY: COP WATCHING 101

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  Program
9:30 PM Doors Close

Join members of the People’s Response Team for a training that focuses on the basics of cop watching during instances of police harassment and violence. The goals of this training are to quickly train the average person in basic cop watching laws, methods and safety considerations and to promote cop watching as a method of bystander intervention. The workshop will utilize historical context, small and large group discussions, and role-playing to better equip workshop attendees to cop watch in their daily lives.

RSVP to forthepeopleartists@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2304622463097386
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018
THE LIT REVIEW PODCAST – LIVE!

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Program
10:00 PM Doors Close

Every week, your Lit Review podcast hosts, Page May and Monica Trinidad, chat with people they love and respect about relevant books to the movement, right from their homes. Everything from Black struggle to movement history to gender justice to cultural organizing, sci-fi, political theory, and more. The podcast helps make critical knowledge more accessible to the masses, and has gained a huge following in a short amount of time. Think sparknotes in podcast form! Join them for a LIVE recording discussing the upcoming book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power with some powerhouse guests!
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
FROM #BYEANITA TO #NOCOPACADEMY

Hairpin Arts Center
12:00 PM Doors Open
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Panel and Workshop
5:00 PM Doors Close

Outraged that City Council continues to play into Rahm’s pocket, and 49 alderpeople voted in November to support the $95 million dollar cop academy? Want to hold aldermen accountable, while organizing mass political education campaigns? Tired that even the most “progressive” candidates still ask for more policing and enforcement?

Join us for a panel and workshop where organizers from the #ByeAnita campaign will share key strategies and lessons learned from their effort to oust States attorney Anita Alvarez for her role in perpetuating anti-Black policies and expanding mass incarceration in Chicago. We’ll have time to breakout and strategize next steps for organizing an effort in your ward for the upcoming 2019 aldermanic races.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
TEACH-IN TUESDAY: CVE, CPD, AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

Hairpin Arts Center
6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Program begins
9:30 PM Doors Close

With over $180,000 in grant money awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and trainings being conducted at UIC and at Mosques and community centers across the city, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs remain an active destructive and expansive anti-Muslim government surveillance and informant program. Join FTP’s Hoda Katebi for a teach-in on CVE and its context within the broader the War on Terror and military-police complex.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
THE HISTORY OF POLICING THRU ZINES

Roman Susan Gallery (Closing event)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Program
6:00 PM: Doors Close

Join educator, organizer, and curator Mariame Kaba as she leads a participatory discussion on the history of policing as told through a zine series titled “Historical Moments of Policing, Violence & Resistance”. The zine series was developed by Project NIA and the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective in 2015 in an attempt to inject historical memory into the current considerations of police violence. Join us as we discuss the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre, Chicago’s Red Summer, A History of Resisting Police Violence in Harlem, and the 1968 Democratic Convention.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED. Please email forthepeopleartists@gmail.com to RSVP. Pre-reading is required. Download them for free online at policeviolence.wordpress.com/historical-moments.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
THE AESTHETICS OF ABOLITION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Hairpin Arts Center
5:00 PM: Doors Open
6:30PM – 8PM: Discussion
9:00 PM: Doors Close

Join Mariame Kaba and artist & educator Sarah Ross (Prison & Neighborhood Arts Project and Chicago Torture Justice Memorials) for a discussion on using art to shift narratives as an organic part of movement-building, and to advance the abolitionist horizon.
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Friday, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence — Closing Reception

6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Program