What We Have Witnessed: Documenting Movements in Different Modes explores the ways that artists are documenting and participating in movements against anti-Black state violence. The event includes screenings of Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory and Ferguson: One Year Later by Katina Parker, and readings by Imani Jackson and Immanuel Sodipe from Black Skin, Blue Suits, a zine that asks, “What is Black life to a Black cop?”
Black Skin, Blue Suits is a collection of abolitionist writings documenting the role and precarious positions of Black officers on the force through interviews, short histories, and personal narratives about Black police in the city of Chicago. As police brutality touches us up close and from a distance in the form of mass incarceration, stop and frisk, sexual assault, blackout torture sites, negligence, and murderous officers and vigilantes, we have seen calls for police reform as well as a splitting of conscience on the part of some Black police officers, whose allegiances to badge and Blackness seem impossible to reconcile for many in the movement.
6:00pm Screening: Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory
7:10pm Intro and Readings from Black Skin, Blue Suits
7:40pm Screening: Ferguson: One Year Later
7:50pm Q&A with Katina Parker and Imani Jackson
Preceding this event, the UIC Social Initiative will host a Community Conversation on Felony Lynching Law and Jasmine (Richards) Abdullah's Case at 5pm in Gallery 400.