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Re-run: A History of Policing in Chicago, 1850-2017

  • Chicago Literacy Alliance 641 West Lake Street Chicago, IL, 60661 United States (map)


Wondering why SURJ showed up to support the Black Friday movement that shut down the Magnificent Mile in 2016? Want to know why so many Chicagoans are calling for police reform or abolition? 

By popular demand, we're offering a rerun of SURJ's first Winter/Spring Series workshop: "A History of Policing in Chicago, from 1850 to the 2017 DOJ Report." We'll explain the racist origins of policing in the United States, study how, decade after decade, the police have systemically targeted black and brown Chicagoans, learn about failed attempts to reform the CPD, and explore how black and brown Chicagoans have led efforts to hold Chicago police accountable for their unconstitutional and violent actions. Led by activists and historians, the workshop will end by discussing the conclusions of the 2017 Department of Justice investigation into the CPD and what that means for us going forward. 

**Directions and Accessibility Info: This event will be held at the Chicago Literacy Alliance. Because the event is after-hours, the entrance will be at 651 W. Lake Street (the Open Books entrance). The workshop room is down a flight of stairs. 

Childcare: If you would find it helpful for us to provide childcare, please comment on our Facebook event and we'll do our best to arrange for it!