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7:00pm Tuesday, April 20, 2021

#441 The making of the Chicago Police Torture Archive

Join Maira Khwaja of the Invisible Institute for a behind the scenes look at the Chicago Police Torture Archive, which is a human rights documentation of Commander Jon Burge’s violence against more than 100 Black people, from the 1970s-1990s.

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The making of the Chicago Police Torture Archive

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Intro to being anti-racist in civic tech

Intro to being anti-racist in civic tech

Mar 25, 2021 by Ryan Spencer , Derek Eder

In recognition of Chi Hack Night’s commitment to Black Lives Matter and the racial justice movement, we believe it’s important for our community to continue taking steps to address white supremacy culture. But what does it mean to be anti-racist? What is white supremacy culture and how does it show up? Over the past months, Chi Hack Night’s DEI committee has discussed and researched these questions. Now we’re sharing what we learned so that we can all work to make our communities more equitable and just.

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2021 Post-election community feedback results

2021 Post-election community feedback results

Feb 26, 2021 by Sam Evans , Derek Eder

Following the 2016 presidential election, Chi Hack Night held a post-election community feedback session. Four years later and with another presidential transition, we decided to hold a remote community feedback session to discuss the same questions as we assess the challenges and opportunities for the Chi Hack Night Community in 2021. Here are the results.

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