HOME - GENTRIFICATION AND DEMYSTIFYING ZONING
Wednesday, September 20th
7pm - 9 pm

Home: LSNA’s Housing Committee "demystifies zoning," making the argument that gentrification is not natural, but created by levels of power that effect how our city is shaped. Goals of the talk are for the community to understand zoning and understand that we have a say in what home looks like in our city This talk is provided by partner organization Logan Square Neighborhood Association 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.


COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - "Sanctuary from Below" in Chicago
Wednesday, September 27th
7pm - 9pm

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.

This talk is provided by partner organization the Logan Square Neighborhood Association 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.


Decolonizing Identity: A Youth Conversation
Wednesday, October 4th
7 pm - 9 pm

Does DNA create identity?

What does it mean to acknowledge your multi-racial identities?

How do we decolonize ourselves?

How does decolonizing impact your relationships with your communities and the world?

What is connects this all to fighting gentrification?

Local Youth from LSNA present a fun, deep discussion on their personal experiences in decolonization in this unique talk lead BY and FOR neighborhood young people.  

Through memes, video and our own stories, magical brown Latinxs organizers will engage the audience conversation about Latinx identities, race/racism, and generational trauma and resistance. Decolonizing is the intricate process of getting free as individuals and as a people. It's the rewriting of history from the point of view of los de abajo. It's the reimaging of the future by those who ache for justice and healing. LSNA’s youth organizing work is founded on the values of racial justice. Youth are vital leaders in the push for both policy and cultural responses to the violence of displacement. Youth leaders will share their unique perspectives and invite you to question your own.


Reclaimed: A Conversation on Decolonizing the Latinx Identity through Art
Sunday, October 8th
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Artists from different disciplines discuss their relationship to latinx identity and the issues that identity poses in their life and artwork. Moderated by Jose Nateras.