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Rise N’ Learn: Linking Anti-Blackness and Anti-Immigration

March 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Training from Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Riveredge Hospital and Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System.

Pre-registration is required, and the fee is $10.00. 2 CE credits can be earned for LPCs, LCPCs, LSWs, and LCSWs.  Please click here to register.

This workshop challenges both anti-Black and anti-immigrant sentiments, uniting Black and Brown communities in the fight for immigrant justice and abolition. Activities link the global backlash against immigrants to slavery and colonization—demonstrating how the deportation machines in places like Israel, Mexico, and the U.S. share a lineage with the same systems that once captured and forced Africans into servitude. Participants will understand how histories of Black repression are at the heart of all anti-immigrant policy, and the need for our communities to fight for Black liberation and immigrant justice as linked battles.
Learning Objectives:
  • Building solidarity between Black and brown communities
  • Demonstrating all policing is rooted in anti-Blackness
  • Challenge internal anti-Black and anti-immigrant sentiments
  • Building support for defunding and abolishing policing institutions
About the Speaker:
Benji Hart is a Chicago-based author, artist, and educator. Their essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, and their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, The Chicago Reader, The Advocate, and others. They have led workshops for organizations and at academic institutions internationally, and facilitated convenings for groups like Law For Black Lives, National Bail Out, and Organized Communities Against Deportations. Their performances have been featured at CA2M (Madrid), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City), BRIC (New York), and elsewhere. They have been a fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MacDowell, and are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts


March 5, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am