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The #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. They organize artists to love and transform themselves, their families, their communities, and their cities through radical imagination and healing. The Collective produces cultural events and direct actions that disrupt oppressive systems, amplify marginalized voices, and serve people and communities most directly harmed by mass incarceration, police violence, and systemic injustice. They leverage access, power, and cultural capital to steward resources from the institutions that stole them to the people and communities who have been historically pillaged. The #LetUsBreathe Collective programs and operates The Breathing Room space, an arts, healing, and organizing headquarters and platform for liberatory and cultural work in Chicago.
Criminal Justice Dialogues
The Portals Project at the Instituto del Progreso Latino will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Chicago and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced.
Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:
There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?
Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.
Read more about the dialogues here.