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.
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
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:
Rodgers, Jimmy, “Decades After My Great- Grandmother Was Tear- Gassed, Taking Fresh Stock of the Land of the ‘Free’.” The 74. June 2020.
Dolan, Maura, “London Breed pushes San Francisco reforms: Police no longer will respond to noncriminal calls.” Los Angeles Times. June 2020.
“Fact Sheet: Chicago Police Department Consent Decree.” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. 2019.
McPhillips, Deidre. “Deaths From Police Harm Disproportionately Affect People of Color.” U.S. News & World Report. June 2020.
Chaidez, Alexandra, “What’s CPAC? Here’s What You Need To Know About A Local Push For Civilian Oversight Of Police.” Block Club Chicago. June 2020.
These additional sources (both readings and videos) were suggested as a follow-up:
Chaidez, Alexandra. “Chicagoans DO Protest Gun Violence And Organize For Safer Neighborhoods All The Time. Here’s How.” Block Club Chicago. June 2020.
“Speaking with Professor Christy Lopez from Georgetown Law about the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.”Durbin, Dick and Lopez, Cristy. [22 minute video]
“Peace and Justice.” Excerpt. WTTW. June 2020. [13 minute video]
Smith, Troy. “Stop using ‘black-on-black’ crime to deflect away from police brutality.” Cleveland.com. June 2020.
Spinner, Jackie. “Elijah McClain’s final words haunt me as the parent of child who is ‘different.’” Washington Post. June 2020. [The author lives in North Park.]