The Drag March For Change 2021

June 13, 2021 - 12:30 PM

Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Black Drag Council

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The continued attack on the Black community and specifically Black trans lives still persists and has expanded to peoples of all races despite the efforts of so many. Again the drag community of Chicago must use their heels to step out and step up against this oppression.

“You have the right to show your color, darling!”

Join Drag Queens, Kings, and everyone in between as they lead a peaceful protest march in support of Black Lives Matter and demand justice for victims of police brutality and excessive force through the Boystown community in Lakeview Chicago with gathering beginning at 12:30 pm at Belmont and Halsted with the march beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at Halsted and Grace where drag community leaders will speak on the issues of today, the mission at hand, and ways to create and promote lasting impactful change for a better future for all. #AllBlackLivesMatter


-This is a peaceful protest
-You do not need to be in Drag to attend (allies are welcome)
-PPE (Masks) are very much encouraged
-If you would like to help please reach please fill out this

To VOLUNTEER:
https://forms.gle/823xCHjJmLRMxSHa7

To DONATE:
https://www.facebook.com/donate/474925713760025/

The demands of our last action were not met in full so we restate and escalate them and keep the feet of our oppressors to the fire:
We Demand:
-Justice* for Tony McDade
-Justice* for Breonna Taylor
-Justice* for George Floyd
-That the Chicago City Council defund CPD by 75% and reinvest those funds into social services and community programs
-That police be banned from marching in Pride festivities indefinitely
-Immediate release of all protesters from previous BLM actions

*Justice being the abolishment of the system that took these lives and that restorative systems grow in their stead.


Dida Ritz: The Legs of Halsted and of RBDR fame

The Vixen: Activist and of RBDR fame

LaSaia Wade Wade: Founder and Executive Director of Brave Space

AllianceLucy Stoole: Chicago Black Drag Council Head Co-chair Member of the Molasses Collective the Chicago Reader’s Drag Queen of Year

Lynzo The Heartthrob // Chicaghoes For Sex Work: Activist and Community Organizer

Cae Monae: Member of the Molasses Collective and Performance Artist

Prince Nikki: Chicago Black Drag Council Cofounder and Brave Space
Alliance Mutual Aid Coordinator

Irregular Gurl: Television Personality, Producer and Host

Aunty Chan: Activist and Internet Personality Abhijeet: Activist and Performance Artist Celebration

Performances by:
KC Ortiz: Chicago based Acclaimed Rap Artist
O’laysia: National Entertainer
Rachel Slurrz: Drag ArtistList of Endorsers coming soon.

For this to be successful, it is very important that everyone stay on message, peaceful, and deescalate any situation.

Also please wear your face masks (if you produce them please bring some for others), and please bring hand sanitizer.

19th Ward Youth Day of Action

June 12, 2021 - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St., Chicago, IL 60655

Supporting Organizations: Students Strike Back, Good Kids Mad City, Pilsen Alliance, Social Service Workers United, Chicago DSA, and 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice

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Come to Beverly Park on Saturday, June 12th for a Youth Day of Action to demand that Alderman Matt O’Shea listen to the Black and brown youth in his ward! There will be a rally at 1pm with speakers from organizations such as Students Strike Back and Good Kids Mad City followed by a march to pressure O’Shea to support the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance and to become a co-sponsor of Treatment Not Trauma. We’ll then return to the park for a picnic and teach-ins by the youth!

Anniversary of the Murder of George Floyd | Art Build + Action

May 29, 2021 - 1 PM

Michigan Ave. & East Ida B. Wells, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: @wearedissenters , @copsoffearth, @carenotcops, @letusbreathe773 @airgoradio , @believersbailout, @chinationsyouthcouncil , @grassrootscollaborative International Marxist-Humanist Organization Chicago, Love and Protect, People's Response Network, @soapboxpo Productions and Organizing, @chicagodsa, @chicagodesiyouthrising , @sswuchicago , @pilsenalliance , @rampantmagazine, @surjchicago @justicememorials, and @byp100

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Join us at the #DefundCPD art build and rally on Saturday May 29th at 1pm to mark the one year anniversary of George Floyd and the summer of uprisings that followed. We will memorialize the Black, Brown, and Trans people who lost their lives to police violence this past year, and kick off another season of fighting for liberation and a world without police.

Feel free to bring candles, flowers, and art. Opportunities to make art will also be available day-of. We welcome you to use this space to remember loved ones you lost.

The rally is sponsored by @wearedissenters , @copsoffearth, @carenotcops, @letusbreathe773 @airgoradio , @believersbailout, @chinationsyouthcouncil , @grassrootscollaborative International Marxist-Humanist Organization Chicago, Love and Protect, People’s Response Network, @soapboxpo Productions and Organizing, @chicagodsa, @chicagodesiyouthrising , @sswuchicago , @pilsenalliance , @rampantmagazine, @surjchicago @justicememorials, and @byp100


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#defundcpd #georgefloyd #abolishthepolice #defundpolice #defundthepolice #abolishpolice #abolitionnow #blacklivesmatter #wewillwin #ivelievethatwewillwin #decolonizezhigaagoong #freethemall #abolishcpd #fuck12 #1312 #outofyourhouseandintothestreets #honorthedeadfightlikehellfortheliving #sayhername #sayhisnamegeorgefloyd #reimaginesafety #saytheirnames #allblacklivesmatter #artbuild #protestart

Show Love for Reproductive Health Care!

May 26, 2021 - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Hollywood and Broadway, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Feminist Action and Chicago for Abortion Rights

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From the Supreme Court to clinic doors, abortion rights are under attack. Right here in Edgewater, health care providers and patients have been targeted by violent vandalism.

We need vocal, visible action to defend our control of our own lives, bodies, and rights. Join a community show of support for abortion providers, patients, and all people seeking to access to gender-affirming, reproductive, and affordable health care.

Bring your signs and get ready to chalk your messages of love and support!

We Keep Us Safe!

Chicago, Rise up for Palestine! Rally & March

May 21, 2021 - 4:30 PM

Michigan Ave and Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Coalition for Justice in Palestine

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CJP is calling for an emergency rally this Sunday against Israel’s escalated violence in Gaza and Jerusalem. This wave of violence that is being unleashed on #AlAqsa #SheikhJarrah #Silwan and #Gaza is not new, it is a part of a long and brutal occupation by zionist forces that seeks to terriorize and displace the indigenous Palestinian population. We must take a stand. Join the Coalition for Justice in Palestine Chicago THIS Sunday, May 16th at 1pm at Michigan & Ida B Wells dr. Say NO to Israeli violence! See you there!

There will be three buses leaving from the Mosque Foundation. More details to come.

The Coalition for Justice in Palestine is made up of American Muslims for Palestine-Chicago, United States Palestinian Community Network (UCPSN), Students for Justice in Palestine- Chicago (SJP), Al-Nahda, Palestinian American Community Center, and Palestinian American Council

#PalestineUnderAttack
#GazaUnderAttack
#SaveSheikhJarrah

Marchemos en Chicago por Colombia

May 8, 2021 - 4 PM

Colombian Consulate, 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Afrosocialist + Socialists of Color Caucus

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Los Colombianos en Chicago junto con Afrosoc Chicago invitan a que marchemos Pacíficamente por Colombia!

Este Sábado 8 de Mayo, nos encontraremos en Chicago para seguir estos puntos claves del mapa:

*Los Colombianos en Chicago with Chicago AfroSOC invite you to march peacefully to support Colombia!!!

This Saturday May 8th we will meet in Chicago and march to the following key places:
1) Consulado de Colombia 4-4:20pm
2) Tribune Tower 4:30pm
3) Univisión 4:45pm
4) NBC 5pm
5) The Bean 5:20pm
6) Chicago Theater 5:40
7) End at The Thompson Center
Human Rights Department. 6pm

At 6pm at The Thompson Center a plantón will start to pray and honor Colombia and the people who have lost their lives in the protests in Colombia.

*We will attend with candles and white t-shirts or t-shirts from the selección Colombia.

-No al intento de “reformar” la reforma tributaria
-No a la reforma de salud
-No a la reforma de pension
-No a la reforma Laboral
-Un alto al fuego por parte del ESMAD y la policía nacional.
Nos están matando!!!!
-No a poner al país en estado de conmoción interior.
-No a la campaña llevada por los medios de comunicación colombianos, que instiga el miedo, la injusticia y la desinformación.

Chicago #SaveSheikhJarrah Rally at Federal Plaza

May 8, 2021 - 1 PM

Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: SJP Chicago

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Join us THIS Saturday, May 8th, at the Federal Plaza to strongly condemn Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinian residents from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

We reject the rulings of the high court that appropriate their ancestral lands to Jewish settlers, and stand united against this most recent indefensible and inhumane development in the Zionist colonization of Palestine.

Co-sponsors include:Coalition for Justice in Palestine – Chicago, United States Palestinian Community Network, American muslims for Palestine, Palestinian Youth Movement, CodePink, Yemeni Liberation Movement, Yemeni Alliance Committee, Stand with Kashmir, Al-Nahda

#freepalestine #Palestine #sheikhjarrah #sjp #chicago #protest #chicagoprotest #savesheikhjarrah

Tell JB to Set our Loved Ones Free this Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2021 - 11 AM

29 E North Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States

Supporting Organizations: y American Friends Service Committee--Chicago, MAMAS Collective and End IL Prison Lockdown Coalition

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Ahead of mother’s day this year, we’re boosting the call to #FreeThemAll, by uplifting the resilience and profound struggles of moms of the incarcerated, incarcerated mamas, and caregivers and loved ones fighting to end the violence of incarceration across the state. On Friday May 7th, activists will be gathering for a small rally to share stories of mamas fighting to free their loved ones and themselves, then deliver a giant Mother’s Day Card to the Governor, with messages to #FreeTheMoms, #FreeTheKids and #FreeThemAll!

Our demands:
-Restore contact visits and end the lockdowns!
-Sign clemencies on your desk and free our loved ones!
-Cancel the plans to build a new youth prison in Illinois and #StopLDC!

We encourage people to arrive early as parking is difficult in the area. We will be gathering beginning at 10:30 AM Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd in the Gold Coast, at the southeast corner of Lincoln Park near Lakeshore Drive.

Can’t join us in person on Friday May 7th at 11 AM to sign and deliver the card? Simply fill out the form below and we’ll add your name and message to the card before the action.
https://forms.gle/CEYvt8Dmj7kJvwga6

This action comes as part of a national week of action to #FreeThemAll with AFSC: https://www.afsc.org/FreeThemAll

We also encourage folks to attend the 8th annual Mother’s Day Vigil on Saturday, May 8th:

https://www.facebook.com/events/300944788108179/

***COVID is still a very real threat, so we are asking anyone who attends to do their best to maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times. Extra masks will be available.***

This action is co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee Chicago, The End the IL Prison Lockdown Coalition, MAMAS (Mamas activating movement for abolition and solidarity), and Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration!

For questions, including how to co-sponsor this action or for support with transportation or parking, contact Debbie at DSouthorn[at]afsc.org