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A World w/o Police: Part 1 "History of Policing

In the evening in Noble Square.  Specific time and place information will be sent to those who register at

Event Description:

Want to know why so many Chicagoans are calling for police reform or abolition? Come to SURJ's first "A World Without Police" workshop: "A History of Policing in Chicago, from 1850 to the 2017." We'll explain the racist origins of policing in the United States, study how, decade after decade, the police have systemically targeted black and brown Chicagoans, learn about failed attempts to reform the CPD , and explore how black and brown Chicagoans have led efforts to hold Chicago police accountable for their unconstitutional and violent actions. Led by activists and historians, the workshop will take us to the present moment, addressing ongoing CPD and ICE cooperation, as well as plans for the new police academy


This is the first in a 3-part series, designed to 1) explain why Chicago needs police abolition, 2) introduce Chicagoans to what police abolition looks like in practice (both systemically and individually) and 3) help Chicagoans participate in abolitionist campaigns. 

- Admission is free. 

- The workshop will be held in Noble Square. Location information will be released to participants 3-4 days before the event. 

- The location is accessible via the Blue Line, the Milwaukee Bus, Division Bus, & Ashland Bus and there is on-street parking.

- There is a ramp available (upon request) to provide access over the one step into the building. 

- The location has one gender-inclusive bathroom, but that bathroom is not ADA compliant.

- SURJ-Chicago is a multracial, LGBTQIA-affirming, gender-inclusive organization. The faciliators for this workshop include white, cis-gender females.

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