The city of Chicago was built upon the settler colonial dispossession of Indigenous peoples and lands. That history of conflict, violence, and struggle continues into the present.
The story of kokum scarves has long connected Ukrainian refugees and Indigenous peoples of North America. The relationships they represent are an essential kind of solidarity today.
A new book by Amitav Ghosh explores the beauty, terror, and agency of non-human entities. Sustaining and rebuilding these relationships will be necessary to resist colonialist omnicide.
A new book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz shows how the myth of a “nation of immigrants” has been used to erase the history of Indigenous peoples in the US.
Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline extension is bringing disaster to our environment. The fight to stop it has to take place on multiple fronts, from Minnesota to the streets of Chicago.
Behind the climate chaos eclipsing our future is a corporation and their disastrous pipeline project. Stopping Line 3 must become the immediate focal point of all our struggles for a different, better world.
Colonial systems and modes of thought shape and sever our relationships to one another and the world around us. Black and Indigenous literatures point toward a different kind of relationship.
Reading Indigenous literature matters because Indigenous people matter. The organizer of a powerful reading group on Indigenous and Black stories and histories reflects on their ongoing experience.
Our understanding of innocence, guilt, victims, and criminals shapes the worlds we are able to build. New books by Mariame Kaba and Harsha Walia pry open political possibilities.
The genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar led many refugees to settle in Chicago. Now, as mass protests roil their home country, Rohingya human rights advocate Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque speaks to his community’s harrowing experience and the current revolt.
Black and Indigenous solidarity is crucial to the liberation of us all. It's time we talk about what it will take to repair the historical wounds of slavery, genocide, and their interconnections.
Simon Balto's Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power tells the racist history and development of the Chicago Police Department.
As people rise up against racism and police terror, the need for Black and Indigenous solidarity is as necessary as ever.
Wet’suwet’en land is under constant invasion by the colonial Canadian government. The struggle for Indigenous sovereignty is currently reaching a height unseen in years.