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No Cop Academy | FOIA PSA

Above is our newest with #NoCopAcademy: In 2018, the #NoCopAcademy campaign sued then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office for not providing adequate documents and information on the proposed cop academy under a previously requested FOIA. In 2020, No Cop won the lawsuit proving that the cop academy was a mayor-run project developed before the DOJ report without a funding plan or input from residents of West Garfield Park, much less young Black people across Chicago who experience policing. In this moment amid global uprisings against police violence and white supremacy, we understand that research can be a powerful tool in the fight for abolition.
 

Police Abolition in 2020

Since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis nearly three months ago, cities rose up to demand an end to police violence days and white supremacy. Not only is the government standing by as COVID-19 ravages Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities but the police and racist vigilantes continue to brazenly hunt and kill Black folks while they sleep in their beds and on open roads in broad daylight. If we've seen anything in just the past couple months of uprisings and a mainstream resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have seen that not only is another world possible but we may be able to create it sooner than we previously thought.
 
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Obama CBA Multimedia Project

The Obama Community Benefits Agreement Coalition is a group of organizations fighting to ensure that the upcoming Obama Presidential Center builds South Side communities and not cause further displacement as well as provide resources for the community.  Fortunately, the day after our project dropped last month, with the help of Ald. Jeanette Taylor, the coalition struck an affordable housing deal with Mayor Lightfoot.

Watch, read, and listen about the CBA in our multimedia, cross-platform project, produced and posted jointly in collaboration with the Chicago Reader

These housing protections are a win but the CBA's fight continues. Join them as they push for other components of the full CBA at ObamaCBA.com.
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SOAPBOX EDITORIAL - New articles, re-posted from City Bureau entitled "Left Out of Federal Benefits, Undocumented Immigrants Are Running Out of Options" and "Coronavirus in Jail: The Life and Loss of Nikolas Lee". More on the 2020 Census and LGBTQ+ liberation within the resurgence of Black Lives Matter next week! Want to write for SoapBox Editorial? Drop us a line! Photo by Sarah-Ji.

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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.
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