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Celebration of Resilience in Communities Ravaged by Police Violence

Chicago, Saturday, August 25th 2018

Members from communities that deal with police violence on a daily basis came together at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park to celebrate what usually doesn’t get a lot of attention from the public. Instead of focusing on the many challenges that our historic and current policies and practices place on communities of color, they lifted up images of resilience they found in their neighborhoods.

People from South and West Side neighborhoods participated in a two-week photo voice project titled, Resilience for Justice and Healing, which was co-organized by the Chicago Torture Justice Center and Civic Projects—and made possible by a generous grant from the Chicago Community Trust’s Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities. In August of 2018, we showcased the powerful photographs and celebrated together with food, dance and community.

“This project gave us the opportunity to focus on the joy, strength, and beauty in our lives and neighborhoods instead of the trauma,” said La Tanya Jenifor Sublett, a police torture survivor and one of the organizers of the project. “We believe that what we pay attention to grows, and our hope for this project was that through the activities of taking photographs we would create opportunities to cultivate more awareness of and possibilities for resilience in communities devastated by police violence,” shared Cindy Eigler, the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Chicago Torture Justice Center.

The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutional racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all police violence. Founded by Monica Chadha, Civic Projects is a hybrid architecture practice in Chicago that takes a participatory approach to design, building teams and working collaboratively with communities and organizations to develop work that address community revitalization.

For more information, contact: Cindy Eigler, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, or (773) 962-0395

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