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Community Discussion - Sanctuary from Below in Chicago

7 pm - 9 pm Talk lead by Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Come learn about how Chicagoans are enacting our own visions of community care and safety.

The Mayor’s Office “One Chicago” campaign seeks to unify City residents and show support for “immigrant and refugee communities most affected by recent federal policies.” Yet, in Chicago, arrests and policing at the hands of abusive police and immigration agents continue to endanger communities and place immigrants in deportation proceedings. As we continue to hear city officials speak loudly about Chicago as a ‘sanctuary city,’ many community organizations and coalitions have rallied and organized to show that the bar for sanctuary has been set way too low. 

Community organizations and coalitions continue to put pressure on the City while expanding Sanctuary from below, desde abajo. Sanctuary spaces are not simply given by the City, but actively organized and defended by the community. This talk will introduce some of these community advocates while familiarizing the audience with the movement of Sancturary from below, desde abajo.

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This talk is provided by a partner organization and activated by art. Professional storytellers set the stage for discussion, and artist Juan-Carlos Perez completes each event by leading a group artmaking project to build continuity and connect ideas as the month progresses.