We Charge Genocide Delegation to the United Nations

For: We Charge Genocide
Organizer: We Charge Genocide
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** 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.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 8, 2014

Posted on November 8, 2014

Dear Supporters,

Right now, as this update is being posted, the 8 member We Charge Genocide Youth Delegation to the UN is enroute to Geneva, Switzerland to present their shadow report to the UN Committee Against Torture. It has been an incredible journey getting here, made possible by all of you who supported us through your donations, sharing our story with others, and standing with us in solidarity. Due to your generosity, we have raised enough money to not only send 8 young people of color to the UN but also to continue the work of interrupting police violence in Chicago once this trip is over.

To read the shadow report authored by members of WCG, please visit the companion website at report.wechargegenocide.org.

The delegates will be live tweeting from Geneva using the hashtag #WCGtoUN from the @ChiCopWatch Twitter account. You can follow individual delegates at the following Twitter handles: Monica: @monicatea2, Page: may20p, Ric: @RicWilsonisMe, Breanna: @SweetTeaBre, Ethan: @EthosIII, Malcolm: @MalcolmLondonAsha: @ashapoesis, Todd: @Nomorebacon00_1

They will also be posting video updates which will be posted to the website wechargegenocide.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/wechargegenocide.

For those in the Chicago area, there will be a public reportback with the Geneva delegation on Thursday December 11th at 6pm at Roosevelt University.

Thank you again for your generous support of this important work. We couldn't have done it without you!

In Solidarity,
We Charge Genocide

Posted on October 20, 2014

Posted on October 20, 2014

Dear Supporters,
All of us at We Charge Genocide are so grateful for the outpouring of support from all of you. 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. 
This Wednesday, we will release our United Nations shadow report to the public, which our youth delegates will present in Geneva. Please follow We Charge Genocide at wecharegenocide.org, on Twitter at @ChiCopWatch, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WeChargeGenocidefor more information. Thank you again for your support, and please continue to share our work and the link to the fundraiser with your networks.

In Solidarity,
We Charge Genocide

Posted on September 24, 2014

Posted on September 24, 2014

Thank you to everyone who has supported us, whether it's through donating money, sharing the link, or getting the word out about what we are doing. So far, we have raised over 12,000, which is 80% of our 15,000 goal! It was crucial for us to raise this amount of money so quickly because it enabled us to secure airfare and lodging before prices jumped. We are happy to announce that all six of our delegation members now have plane tickets and that we have found a great place for them to be able to stay together in Geneva that is close to the UN.

We have also posted profiles and personal statements of all six of our delegation members on our website.

You can also read our press release regarding the fundraiser and the UN trip here.

Thanks again for making it possible for these young people to go to the United Nations to present this important report on Chicago Police violence.

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