Giving Tuesday | New Projects, BnB T-shirts, & More!
G I V I N G T U E S D A Y
In the immortal words of Bourbon 'n BrownTown alum Le Greta Hudson, "you say this is important but wherever you're spending your money, that's really what's important to you." Today marks Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving. As we enter the holiday season, often filled with spectacle, spending, and surplus, we are reminded of how money and economic systems control our world, shift power to the top, and prey on our every waking desire. Still, as a creative and movement-based organization we understand that, until true liberation, we can co-opt these tools to fight for (and fund) the equitable world we know is possible. With that, we ask that you help SoapBox and our broader community work towards a world we believe in and art that reflects that vision. After all, we all we got.
Crossroads Fund believes that we all deserve vibrant and healthy communities. Their grantees are mobilizing Chicagoans to build strong, intersectional movements, coalitions, and campaigns that are challenging the entrenched powers that perpetuate injustice. Crossroads Fund makes grants to those fighting for justice today because they are creating the victories we will celebrate tomorrow.
Chicago Drill and Activism (AKA "Chi DNA") is on the last leg of principal photography and starting the post-process soon! For those in the back, the Chi DNA feature documentary and larger cross-platform, multi-media project explores the creation, meaning, perspectives, and connections between drill rap and the resurgence of grassroots activism since the early 2010s through the eyes of the people involved. The feature documentary is a nuanced look at the interrelationship between drill rap and activism in Chicago as Tweak'G, independent rapper and activist, traverses many spaces while honing her sound and place in a misunderstood city.
Bourbon ‘n BrownTown T-shirts are here! Snag you some BnB swag offered at $25 OR $20 with Patreon patronage ($2 tier or higher). You can purchase atSoapBoxPO.com/Storeor if you ‘bout that cash money, holler at BrownTown and exchange in person (no extra fees/shipping).
Fitness Against Fascism 3: Prison-Industrial Complex & Healthy Communities
Fitness Against Fascism 3 (FAF3), hosted at Studio Three - River North, featured a bodyweight HIIT workout led by Coss Marte of Conbody, yoga flow by Mel Phillips, and a panel-led conversation with activists, community organizers, and formerly incarcerated citizens on the effect of the prison-industrial complex on healthy communities. Our third event in the series focused on the prison-industrial complex, mainstream views on police/prison reform, and abolition of said systems. In addition to the workouts, we discussed the pros/cons of the current narrative-shift, important personal experiences, and the physical/mental health effects mass racialized incarceration has at the individual, familial, and community level through an abolitionist framework.
SoapBox Productions and Organizing is a film and social activism 501(c)3 that specializes in multimedia curation of creative projects centered around education, entertainment, and structural social change. We coalesce cinematic excellence with grassroots organizing efforts by developing, documenting, and promoting racial, economic, and social justice initiatives with community collaborators. Through art and action, SoapBox utilizes media to power and sustain social movements for a more equitable and creative world.