Blue & Black: Discussing Policing, Violence, and Resistance with Youth – May 5

In the last few months of 2011 into early 2012, the issue of police violence once again burst into the mainstream with the treatment of Occupy protesters. We at Project NIA and the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective found ourselves concerned that the conversation was divorced from historical context.

Over the past couple of years, we have been developing and co-creating a number of resources that we hope will help to inform and educate the broader public about the longstanding tradition of oppressive policing toward marginalized populations (including some activists and organizers). In addition, we have been supporting projects that constructively engage young people in talking about their encounters with the police.

by Rachel Williams

Join us on Saturday May 5th 2012 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street, as we unveil and discuss several popular education resources focused on the history and current manifestations of policing in the U.S. In addition, you will hear a presentation from Chain Reaction based on our documentation of youth encounters with police in Chicago. In addition, you will learn about how Circles & Ciphers is engaging young men in constructive discussion about policing and violence. Finally, we will share several new resources that can be used by educators, organizers, and youth workers to address policing, violence and resistance with young people.

Agenda for the Event:

1. Where we are right now in Chicago? The contemporary realities of policing and violence for Chicago youth
A presentation about the Chain Reaction project.

2. Constructively Engaging Youth in Dialogue about the Police — Circles & Ciphers Model

3. New Resources Developed to Help in Fostering Productive Reflection and Dialogue about Policing and Violence
Some of the resources that we will unveil include:
1. A new zine about the roots of police violence by Rachel Marie-Crane Williams.
2. Some new pamphlets from the Historical Moments in Police Violence Project.
3. A new curriculum resource guide about police violence.
4. Two new interactive timelines about the history of policing and violence in the U.S.

RSVP is REQUIRED at projectniaevents@hotmail.com.

We hope to see you on May 5th for what we anticipate will be an engaging and challenging dialogue.

When: Saturday, May 5th
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: UIC, Student Center East, 750 S.Halsted Street (Commuter Wellness Center)
Info: This event is at no cost to participants but you MUST RSVP, projectniaevents@hotmail.com.

Click here to download a flyer for the event

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