** NEW UPDATE: Because of your generosity, we exceeded our initial fundraising goal and therefore are able to add two more young organizers, Malcolm London and Asha Rose, to the UN delegation team for this November. We will continue to fundraise until the upcoming trip to Geneva to ensure that these new delegates will have their expenses covered. THANK YOU!!!!
**UPDATE: Thanks to all who donated $100 or more! All 25 autographed prints from artist Molly Crabapple have been claimed. We are so thrilled by your generosity!**
This November, the United Nations Committee Against Torture will hold its semi-annual session in Geneva, Switzerland. We Charge Genocide authored a report documenting Chicago police violence against youth of color to present at this gathering. We need to raise $21,000 by November 7th in order to send our youth delegation to Geneva. Our delegation represents the black and brown young people of Chicago who experience the daily reality of police violence in this city. As poets, educators, organizers, and activists who call Chicago home, this delegation will present a strong, convincing case that CPD's ongoing history of police brutality and continued practice of physical and psychological harassment of young people of color amount to torture. We Charge Genocide's report, combined with the personal narratives of this delegation, has the potential to generate enough pressure on the Chicago Police Department to change its racist and violent practices.
All funds raised by this campaign will be used to cover airfare, lodging, and meals associated with this trip, and any funds left over will be used to continue the work of We Charge Genocide.
We Charge Genocide is a grassroots, intergenerational effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago. We focus on documentation of youth experiences with the Chicago Police Department as well as popular education about police abuses and youth-driven solutions/alternatives to policing. The name "We Charge Genocide" comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses committed mostly by the police. We Charge Genocide has documented the same patterns today- ongoing violence used by the police to silence, isolate, control, and repress low-income people and people of color in particular.. We are Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in our city. We seek to address this tradition of violence by offering a vehicle for needed organizing and social transformation. We are entirely volunteer-run.