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Block Club Presents: Reimagining Policing In Chicago
Protests across the country have died down slightly, but the conversations surrounding the future of policing continue at the dinner table and among activists on the ground fighting for an end to systemic racism in Chicago and beyond.
On Tuesday, Block Club welcomes three women who have dedicated their lives to fighting racism and building up disinvested communities. Block Club’s West Side reporter Pascal Sabino will talk to these neighborhood leaders about how they feel South and West Side neighborhoods can become safer for everyone — without putting more young people behind bars.
The event is free to stream here. Donations to GoodKids MadCity, New Era Chicago and RAGE Englewood will be accepted.
Please tune in for this important conversation.
Asiaha Butler is the co-founder and president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E), which helps mobilize people and resources to create change in the areas of education, youth, economic development, civic empowerment. In addition to R.A.G.E. serving as the lead organization for the Englewood Public Safety Task Force, Butler is currently the chair of the Englewood Quality of Life Housing and Public Spaces Task Force and has previously served as the chair of the Education Taskforce of Teamwork Englewood, a community rep on the LSC for Robeson High School, a member of the Englewood Community Cultural Planning Council, and the co-chair of the Englewood Community Action Council.
A longtime resident of Greater Englewood who’s determined to uplift, inspire, and change the perception of her neighborhood, Butler recently founded her own housing development company to ensure that housing in Englewood happens from the bottom up to avoid gentrification or displacement. As a key community strategist and through her use of social media, blogging, and other communication mediums, Butler has become one of the most recognized and powerful voices from the Englewood community.
Dr. Amara Enyia
Amara Enyia is a Strategist, Social Innovation and Social Impact professional and public policy expert on city and state policy as well as international affairs/foreign policy with expertise in Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She writes extensively on issues of education, economic development, fiscal policy, equity in policy, and systems thinking.
In addition to Bachelors degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, Dr. Enyia holds a Masters degree in education, a law degree, and a PhD in Education Policy. She has worked as a grassroots organizer particularly around issues of education equity, economic justice and environmental justice. She has served as part of local and national efforts to diversify the economic ecosystem through educating, advocating and developing policy for cooperative economic models and financing tools that support cooperative enterprises. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Public Banking Institute, leading efforts to establish public banks in cities and states across the country.
In addition to her public policy consulting work, Dr. Enyia is a political consultant and Strategist. She serves as a formal representative of the African Union in the Diaspora representing the 6th Region of the African Union Commission. She also serves on the boards of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative, and the Global
Strategists Association. She maintains proficiency in Igbo, Spanish, French and Portuguese and was named a Public Policy Global Leadership Fellow with the Global Strategists Association. Dr. Enyia serves as a regular commentator and contributor on policy and politics for various media outlets.
Destiny Harris is a Black queer artist organizer from the West Side of Chicago. She does work around the abolition of the police, anti militarism and environmental justice.
She is the oldest of seven, first generation college student. She’s been involved in the #NoCopAcademy campaign, #StopLightfoot and the #LetUsBreathe collective to fight for more community resources instead of more police.
She spoke in front of thousands at a 2019 Bernie Sanders rally in Chicago and started a chapter of WeAreDissenters at Howard University, a new youth-led, anti-militarist, anti-war org that is calling on powerful universities to divest from the military industrial complex.
Harris has organized cleanups and food drives to support businesses and families that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the riots sparked by the police murder of George Floyd. Her pronouns are anything said with love and respect.