How do we ensure that

black lives matter

in North Park?

The Hollywood-North Park Community Association convened a series of community conversations in the summer and fall of 2020 about the Black Lives Matter movement and its implications for community, democracy, and justice. Please see related resources and materials below.

HNPCA Community Conversation on Police A
Related Sources

Black, Curtis."Community oversight or control? Coalitions meet on competing police accountability proposals." Chicago Reporter. 1 July 2020.

Mahoney, Adam. "Why Chicago hasn't changed police practices despite demands for reform." The Guardian. 24 Sept 2020.

"Police Accountability in Chicago."
ProPublica. This is a series of articles from 2017 and 2018.

16 Shots. WBEZ. Podcast. 2019.

Changing how we fund public safety

La Spata, Daniel, et al. “Cutting funding for police could lead to a better and safer Chicago.” Chicago Sun-Times. 8 June 2020.

Creating a spectrum response to public safety concerns 

Thompson, Christie. “This City Stopped Sending Police to Every 911 Call.” The Marshall Project. 7 July 2020.


Schmidt, John. “Commentary: A mental health response team for 911 calls could save lives.” Chicago Tribune. 25 Aug 2020.

Claiming public safety as a community-based priority 

Pearly, Betsy. “NeighborhoodStat: Strengthening Public Safety Through Community Empowerment.” American Progress. 2 Oct. 2019.

Session 2: Alternatives in Public Safety

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Session 1 focus questions: How do we want to engage with the police in our community? How do we want the police to engage with us?

The following sources informed our first conversation on July 1:

These additional sources (both readings and videos) were suggested as a follow-up: