Join Us Saturday February 7 at 1:00 PM For A Candidates Forum on the Criminalization Of Race And Police Accountability In Chicago
In the wake of high profile deaths at the hands of police, and subsequent protests of those deaths, coupled with the racial composition of the growing US prison population, the Criminalization of Race has been brought into the national discourse as a major social issue and problem. So many young people - particularly the young Black people facing harsh and disproportionate responses from the police - are bravely putting their bodies and freedom on the line to protest the injustices associated with the criminalization of race, including police brutality, aggressive police tactics, disproportionate arrests and disproportionate incarceration rates.
Though the highest profile incidents have occurred in places like Ferguson, New York and Ohio, Chicago is by no means immune to these evils. Unfortunately our city is a leader in disproportionately arresting, incarcerating and even the killing of Black people by police. The deaths of Rekia Boyd, Marlon Horton and Roshad McIntosh didn't’t get the same level of attention as Mike Brown or Eric Garner, but their lives were just as important.
The WCRJ is hosting a Mayoral Candidates Forum this Saturday, where we will have an open and honest discussion with the people seeking to become our next Mayor, about the over-criminalization of people of color in this city and making sure the police are held accountable for their actions. The event will take place at our office, located at 500 East 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Confirmed candidates include Alderman Robert Fioretti, Commissioner Jesus Garcia, and William Walls. If you want to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, as space is limited.