RE-THINKING & RE-IMAGINING COMMUNITY SAFETY? An Intergenerational and Interactive Discussion

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When: Wednesday, August 20th
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Hull House Museum Porch, 800 S. Halsted Street
Facebook event page is HERE (if you are on FB, you can RSVP here) and if not RSVP at, we need to plan for food and supplies so please let us know if you plan to attend).

In 2009, rapper King Louie coined the terms “Chiraq” and “Drillinois.” Since then, “Chiraq” has appeared in the lyrics of rappers like Lil’ Reese, Chief Keef, and most recently Nicki Minaj. The term has found its way on t-shirts and other merchandise.

chiraq Recently, there’s been pushback with some expressing their displeasure with the term through social media hashtags like #antichiraq.

Yet throughout the ongoing conversations, it is still unclear what (if any) meaning(s) the term “Chiraq” holds for the majority of Chicagoans. Has the term become a proxy for a broader concern about community safety?

According to a recent Tribune article, police call a 2-block by 4-block patch of South Shore where apparent gang conflicts have erupted into three mass shootings in a little over two years: Terror Town. Is there a relationship between the terms “Chiraq” and “Terror Town.” What are the material and psychological consequences of using such terms to describe communities and lived experiences?

Project NIA has embarked on a year-long journey to re-think and re-imagine community safety. Join us for an interactive and intergenerational discussion that will include writing, art-making, and storytelling.

Read this powerful essay written by 5th graders from the Bradwell School of Excellence in South Shore.

Some of the student writers and their teacher will join us for the discussion.


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