The City of Chicago yesterday announced a $29 million contract with a company known as “Canada’s Blackwater” to run tent camps for newly arrived asylum seekers. Meanwhile, a prominent and effective alternative based in dignity and care had to shut down for lack of city support. This is their story.
While elected officials plead scarcity, communities create and share means of collective survival with newly arriving asylum seekers in Chicago.
Modern policing has its origin in colonial violence. The University of Chicago has long played a part in cultivating, promoting, spreading, and normalizing the tools of such state violence.
Brandon Johnson’s meteoric rise to the mayor’s office inaugurates a new political period for Chicago. Winning necessary reforms going forward will require independent organizing and confrontation with the rich.
Both the Texas governor and Chicago’s outgoing mayor are framing refugees as a burden. But Chicago has the material resources and supports to welcome refugees if only officials would muster the political will.
Administrators at UIC have been implicated in a series of racist incidents aimed to limit free speech and political activism. Students for Justice in Palestine at UIC are demanding accountability.
The radical community being built and defended at the Weelaunee forest occupation is opening up new worlds. #StopCopCity is a lesson in solidarity as risk and responsibility.