2020 was a year like no other. Despite (and/or because of) the pandemic, economic downturn, and uprisings, we tapped into our communities like never before -- both virtually and in the streets through supportive networking and organizing with the grassroots. We were even still able to produce quality short films, authentic media coverage, and engage in important and timely conversations throughout the year.

In the spring and summer we created two multimedia projects with
Chicago Reader and CIMA. Our 2020 Census project urged everyone, especially undocumented and immigrant communities, to get counted while our work with the Obama Community Benefits Agreement coalition chronicled their struggle to ensure affordable housing around the future site of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South side. We moved forward with two projects with No Cop Academy, as well as documented and built power during the uprisings against police brutality and white supremacy with the newly formed Black Abolitionist Network, #DefundCPD campaign, and countless other groups and individuals fighting for a better future. We released the most Bourbon 'n BrownTown podcast episodes in one year and published timely and informative articles with the help of our friends at the City Bureau.

Our work was again recognized by the Crossroads Fund and, for the first time, the Resist grant funding organizations.

We make this work possible when community supports community. Consider making a monthly or one-time, tax-deductible year-end gift to SoapBox and support our sustainability and growth.

Towards justice,
Caullen Hudson
Executive Producer

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All donations are tax-deductible. Cover photo of "Freedom" Sims by Vashon Jordan Jr.

Karlie Thornton x froSkate

We were honored to get to know and amplify the work of Karlie Thornton and froSkate on a larger platform this fall. This womyn+ TQGNC BIPOC centered skate crew has built a community where folks can be unapologetically authentic in and outside of skate parks while taking care of their community. Huge shoutout to Gumbo Media for bringing us on & Nike for the collaboration!

Watch the short video and read the article by Bourbon 'n BrownTown alum Matthew Manning of Gumbo Media on the Nike app. Photo by Dennis Elliot.
2020 Uprising Coverage + Power Building
BnB alum Timmy Châu facilitates a cop watch training. Photo by unknown.
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Team Spotlight: C'airra Cortez

C’airra Cortez is a passionate, expressive cinematographer, digital content creator, and documentarian that seeks to use her skills to express her creativity while consciously stimulating the mind though her pieces of art. She is the Creator and Owner of Blue Lotus Media, a Chicago-based media production company founded in November of 2016. She has been working with SoapBox since 2019 and hopes to continue to grow and become a prominent figure in the media industry while expressing her light and creativity through her different works of art.
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Sean Kelly.
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SoapBox Productions and Organizing is a film and social activism nonprofit specializing in multimedia storytelling for structural social change. We pair art and media with grassroots organizing efforts by developing, documenting, and promoting racial, economic, and social justice initiatives with community collaborators. Our mission is to utilize media to power and sustain social movements for a more equitable and creative world. 
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