March led by immigrant families and Latina mothers inviting other members of the Latino community to get involved in organizing to end police violence and support Black-led organizing.
A family-friendly march against police violence and pro-Black lives will begin in Pilsen and end at the Cook County Juvenile Center, where participants will gather to hear stories from those who have experienced criminalization and incarceration over tamales, caroling, and music.
The march will take place Saturday, December 19, 2015. Participants will meet at 1900 S. Carpenter at 11:30 a.m. At 12:00 p.m., the march will begin, and arrive at the Juvenile Center (also known as the ‘Audy Homes’ at 1100 S. Hamilton Avenue) at approximately 1:00 p.m, for a rally, “play-in” and press availability.
Two local organizations are coming together to call on other members of the Latino community to get involved in ending criminalization and supporting Black-led organizing.
Chicago Latina Moms is a group of mothers and mothers-to-be in the Chicago area, while Organized Communities Against Deportations is an organization made up of immigrant families facing and fighting deportation and criminalization.
After the systemic violence brought to light by the video of Laquan McDonald’s murder, members of the Chicago Latina Moms group began to have conversations about the fears as parents of Black and Brown Latino children of police brutality, surveillance and criminalization, and the need to get involved in supporting organizing being done by Black youth in Chicago. They came together with Organized Communities Against Deportations, a group that organizes against the criminalization of immigrants and the use of immigration enforcement as an extension of police enforcement.
The two groups are looking to bring attention to how police and state violence affects immigrant and Latino communities, and make a call for Latinos to support of the demands of Black-led organizing in Chicago. In particular, they echo the demands of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and Black Youth Project 100, including de-funding the police department and investing in their communities, the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and a fully independent civilian police accountability council with hiring, firing, subpoena and budgeting power.
Chicago Latina Moms is a group of self-identified Latina mothers/mothers-to-be, mothers of Latina/o children, and allies of Latina mothers. Organized Communities Against Deportations is a Chicago-based, undocumented-led, community group organizing against immigration detention, deportations and unfair immigration enforcement practices.