Community Video to Protest Police Brutality Against Black Men

h/t Laura Botwinick, UChicago GPHAP

A UChicago College recent alum (2012 graduate) is organizing a Hands Up
Don’t Shoot photo on Friday on the Midway & Ellis, just outside SSA (at
11:50 a.m). See her message below.


I am spreading the word about the event below that I am organizing. Would
you please send this out to your listhost?

Thank you,


*Hands Up. Don’t Shoot! *

Community Video to Protest Police Brutality Against Black Men

Speak out against Police Aggression targeting African-American Men and the
Killing of Michael Brown. Join us in a Community photo and short video.

*When: Friday, August 29th, 12 Noon. We will gather for 15 minutes. *

*Where: Midway Plaisance and Ellis Ave *

*Facebook event link: *


I hope you will join us in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown and
the protesters in Ferguson and in the hope that our action will encourage
other communities to take action as well. Please email me with questions or

Being situated in the heart of Chicago, split between the privileged
University and Hyde Park communities and the not as privileged neighboring
communities of Woodlawn, South Shore, and Washington Park, we have a
wonderful opportunity to come together in solidarity across the racial
divide. We will make a wonderful collage of people affirming the core
values of fairness, humanity, equality and optimism in our community and
country. I look forward to seeing you there.

The killing of Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri have
been a wake-up call for me about race and racism in America. I trust I’m
not alone. Until recently, I was unaware of just how unrelenting the
pervasive and fatal inequality of our society is. As I learn more of the
unending supply of stories and realities about race and inequality, the
more frustrating the situation appears and the answer to the question “What
can I myself, as one person, do about it?” seems to grow further and
further away. People who grew up living these realities might be perplexed
that today, many people like me (liberal, white, and well-educated) often
sit on the side lines plagued by inaction. I hope that inaction stems from
simply not knowing what to do and the futile hope that racism will peter
out on its own. If that is the case, then there is a cure. Before people
can actively change, they need to be aware, awakened and brought together.

Please spread the word. If you can’t be there yourself, be there in spirit
by encouraging your friends who can attend to do so. Come out and make a
great use of your lunch break. Share this on Facebook, email your list
hosts, tell your classmates, tell your aunts and uncles, tell strangers you
meet on the sidewalk-they won’t be strangers for long. If you are able to
come 10 minutes early (11:50), that will be helpful in getting everyone in
the picture by 12:05. Facebook event link:

Thank you,


The Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Illinois at
Chicago is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a symposium
Celebrating John D’Emilio’s Scholarship and its Impact on LGBTQ Life.

You are cordially invited to attend the keynote lecture of the symposium,

*Sexual Violence and Citizenship*
*Rape Reform in American History*

Delivered by

*Professor Estelle FreedmanStanford University*

Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:00pm Reception - 7:00pm Lecture

Student Center West - University of Illinois at Chicago
828 South Wolcott Avenue - Chicago, Illinois

RSVP Required - Please visit to
request a seat.