#NoCopAcademy is a grassroots campaign launched by Assata’s Daughters, Black Lives Matter - Chicago, People’s Response Team, For The People Artists Collective, and many more grassroots organizations to mobilize against Rahm Emanuel’s plans to spend $95 million for a massive training center for Chicago police in West Garfield Park on the city’s West Side. We refuse any expansion of policing in Chicago, and demand accountability for decades of violence. Instead, we demand resources for schools and youth. This video offers the unique perspective of students who attend school one block away from the current cop academy, and young people who live adjacent to the site of the proposed expanded cop academy. What does it feel like to go to school next to cops every day? What would it feel like to have a shooting range, live scenario trainings, and a swimming pool for police next door to your high school gymnasium? What would you really need to feel safe in your neighborhood? In addition to centering the experiences that Black youth and youth of color have had with police in their communities, this piece goes the extra step by highlighting the ways young people are at the forefront of one of the most pressing issues in Chicago. The youth organizing team of #NoCopAcademy are organizing meetings, engaging their neighbors, meeting with City Council, engaged in direct action - all to demand an end to the violences that Black young people have experienced at the hands of the police and the city alike, and to demand schools for kids, not cops.
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Asha & Deja of Whitney Young High School
Brion & Robert of Orr High School
Nita of #NoCopAcademy
Written, Directed, Produced by Caullen Hudson
Produced by David A. Moran, Asha Edwards, and Debbie Southorn
Cinematography by Dakota Sillyman
Additionally Cinematography by Xenon Zeigler
Drone Photography by Ben Jassin
Production Sound by Joanna Preston
Whitney Young Liaison - Joanna Preston
Direct Action Footage by Tom Callahan & Sensitive Visuals
Big thanks to Assata's Daughters, #NoCopAcademy Leadership, and everyone who has been involved in this campaign and amplified this message!