March Newsletter: New Chi DNA, True/False, #NoCopAcademy Update, & More
March 2019 Newsletter
Chi DNA Ep. 4 | Trump & Electoral Politics
The fourth installment in Chi DNA's micro-doc series explores electoral politics as it relates to public policy and grassroots organizing, particularly before and after the presidential election of Donald Trump. Drill rappers and activists discuss levels of civic engagement and the effect (or lack there of) recent elections and local politics have had on their worlds. As activists have seen a resurgence in salient activism, they warn that the new energy need be directed toward the systemic and social conditions that resulted in a Trump presidency rather than the man himself.
SoapBox's Chi DNA: Movement, Media, and Municipal Elections event with #NoCopAcademy and Interplay on February 20th. (Pictured left) The crowd watches the fourth micro-doc. (Pictured right) A young girl asks, "Which side are you on?" #NoCopAcademy
Last week, while the second floor of City Hall was filled with #NoCopAcademy supporters chanting for security to us into a so-called public meeting, the Chicago City Council approved the motion to build the cop academy with a 38-8 vote.
#NoCopAcademy still needs your help as we refocus efforts after the run-off elections April 2nd as new aldermen and a new mayor take office in the spring. As City Council continues to push bad deals and embroils itself in corruption, the youth-led, adult-supported coalition has shifted the narrative, impacted elections, and continues to be a vanguard of resistance and push for equity.
Two weeks ago we again traveled to Columbia, Missouri's True/False Film Festival with the amazingPearl Quick to work with, think, create, and learn from young people across the nation about media literacy and the power of documentary film. On the Friday of the festival, SoapBox held two participatory workshops Film Truth to Power.
If you don’t already know, Discretionary Parole was abolished in Illinois in 1978.Parole Illinois is a coalition of people inside and outside of prison walls, as well as the families of the incarcerated, fighting together for a fair and inclusive parole system in Illinois.
They are having a Rally on Tuesday, March 26th at the Capital Building in Springfield at 12 Noon and need as many people there as possible to help promote a new, inclusive Parole Bill in the Senate and HB3214 with amendments in the House.
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