20th Anniversary Chicago Dyke March

Chicago Dyke March Collective presents The 20th Anniversary DYKE MARCH in HUMBOLDT PARK!

Chicago Dyke March Collective presenta DYKE MARCH en HUMBOLDT PARK!!!

WHEN: SAT, JUNE 25th, 2016
CUANDO: Sabado, 25 de Juno 2016

WHERE: Humboldt Park
DONDE: Humboldt Park

Performers to be Announced!
Los artistas seran anunciados muy prontamente!
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Will the route be accessible?
– Yes, the route will be approximately half a mile long. The sidewalks are wide but will narrow when we get to the park paths. We are conscious of trying to make the March and rally as accessible and anti-oppressive as possible for all the diverse Dyke community members.

La ruta será accesible?
-Sí, la ruta será aproximadamente mitad de una milla largo. Las banquetas son anchas pero se reducirán cuando lleguemos a los senderos del parque. Conscientemente tratamos de hacer la marcha y demonstración lo más accesible y anti-opresivo posible para tod@s l@s diversos miembros de la comunidad Dyke.

By CTA: You can take the buses #49 Western and #70 Division.

Por CTA: Puedes tomar el autobús numero 49 (Western) y numero 70 (Division).

By Car: There is street parking by the kick off location as well as parking by California and Division.

Por coche: Hay estacionamiento en la intersección de Western/Division, donde comienza la marcha y también cerca de la California y División.

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20th Anniversary Chicago Dyke March

Chicago Dyke March Collective presents The 20th Anniversary DYKE MARCH in HUMBOLDT PARK!

Chicago Dyke March Collective presenta DYKE MARCH en HUMBOLDT PARK!!!

WHEN: SAT, JUNE 25th, 2016
CUANDO: Sabado, 25 de Juno 2016

WHERE: Humboldt Park
DONDE: Humboldt Park

Performers to be Announced!
Los artistas seran anunciados muy prontamente!
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Will the route be accessible?
– Yes, the route will be approximately half a mile long. The sidewalks are wide but will narrow when we get to the park paths. We are conscious of trying to make the March and rally as accessible and anti-oppressive as possible for all the diverse Dyke community members.

La ruta será accesible?
-Sí, la ruta será aproximadamente mitad de una milla largo. Las banquetas son anchas pero se reducirán cuando lleguemos a los senderos del parque. Conscientemente tratamos de hacer la marcha y demonstración lo más accesible y anti-opresivo posible para tod@s l@s diversos miembros de la comunidad Dyke.

By CTA: You can take the buses #49 Western and #70 Division.

Por CTA: Puedes tomar el autobús numero 49 (Western) y numero 70 (Division).

By Car: There is street parking by the kick off location as well as parking by California and Division.

Por coche: Hay estacionamiento en la intersección de Western/Division, donde comienza la marcha y también cerca de la California y División.

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#byeanita #alvarezmustgo

From the Chicago Dyke March Collective:

Dear Dyke March Community,

While the Chicago Dyke March itself happens for only one day, we hope that the dyke, queer, bi and trans resilience we celebrate in June moves our community throughout the year. As a collective, we are calling on you at this time to act in solidarity with the Black, queer, and women organizers who have led efforts and risked their own safety in order to ensure that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez does NOT get re-elected to another term.

We don’t often invest in elections, and we know that having a different State’s Attorney in office will not transform an inherently racist and violent criminal legal system. We need to create new systems of relating to each other and holding each other accountable. But, we see getting Anita Alvarez out of office as a measure of harm reduction, as her rule over the State’s Attorney’s office has been particularly devastating to Black and Brown people.

When it comes to civilians, Anita Alvarez is eager to punish, and her office is known for defending wrongful convictions. This is true even when those convictions were based on confessions made under torture, and even when DNA evidence goes against those convictions. Her office once demoted a prosecutor for dropping charges against eight young Black women who were wrongfully charged with mugging a person. While in office, she has contributed to the hyperincarceration of Black people; while less than 30% of people in Cook County are Black, more than 70% of the people incarcerated in Cook County Jail are Black.

While Anita Alvarez is eager to punish civilians, she refuses to hold police officers accountable for their violence. Mischarging the officer who murdered Rekia Boyd and waiting over 400 days to charge the officer who murdered Laquan McDonald are only two examples of her consistent failure to properly charge CPD officers for misconduct, torture, and murder. Her office has also chosen to prosecute victims of domestic violence who report police misconduct in order to protect CPD.

We know that our Dyke March community includes not only people who live in Chicago, but also people who live in the Chicago suburbs and beyond. If you can vote in Cook County, please vote to make sure that Anita Alvarez does NOT get elected to another term. And, whether or not you can vote in Cook County, please get the word out to everyone that Anita Alvarez has got to go.

For those in our Dyke March community who are White, these are small acts that you can do in solidarity with Black and Brown queer and trans folks who are targeted daily by the violence of the criminal legal system that takes lives, tears families and communities apart, and makes us all less safe.

Join us in saying ‪#‎ByeAnita‬ and ‪#‎AlvarezMustGo‬

In solidarity,

The Chicago Dyke March Collective

For more info on why #AlvarezMustGo :

Letter to the Chicago Dyke March Community

Dear Community,

The Chicago Dyke March Collective is honored that the Chicago Dyke March will take place in Humboldt Park for a second year. We look forward to again celebrating dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience in a place with a deep history of resistance to oppression by communities in the neighborhood, particularly Puerto Rican, other Latin@, and Black communities. We seek to celebrate the existence, resistance, and history of dyke, queer, bi, and trans folks who have lived and organized in the neighborhood. We are especially grateful and excited to partner with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and the Chicago Chapter of the Trans-Latin@ Coalition.

The PRCC is an organization based in the Humboldt Park area with a strong history of LGBTQIA organizers and organizing to meet the needs of people in the community, including LGBTQIA folks. People organized into PRCC following the 1966 Division street riots, in order to meet the needs of the Puerto Rican and other Latin@ communities in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Hermosa. PRCC was founded on the principles of self-determination, self-actualization and self-sufficiency, and works to provide access to education, healthcare, and affordable housing, and seeks to address issues such as LGBTQ youth homelessness. The Trans-Latin@ Coalition is dedicated to organizing and advocating around the issues and needs of trans Latin@ immigrants who are living in the U.S. Many of its Chicago Chapter members have organized in Humboldt Park for a long time. By working together, we hope to build relationships of support and solidarity between communities in the neighborhood, and the Chicago Dyke March community.

Humboldt Park, like so many majority people of color neighborhoods in Chicago and in cities across the U.S., is the site of gentrification, and we recognize and strive to stand in solidarity with those working to reclaim Paseo Boricua in the face of economic forced relocation. For those in our Chicago Dyke March community who live in, or have family and community ties and history in Humboldt Park, it is our intention that this Dyke March particularly honor you and your histories. We ask our entire beautiful Chicago Dyke March community to join us in holding this intention.

We also recognize those fighting against systemic state violence against Black people, including those who have pushed the reality of police violence against Black people into a public consciousness that goes beyond those directly affected by it. We particularly want to uplift the work of queer Black women in this resistance, including the queer black women who started the BlackLivesMatter hashtag and the organizing around it. We recognize that although the mainstream media often finds police violence against Black women unworthy of their attention, Black women, including Black trans women, face extraordinary levels of police and state violence. The Chicago Dyke March Collective urges the non-Black members of our community to consider what it means to support and stand in solidarity with BlackLivesMatter, and to not limit responses to outrage at the police, but also to challenge anti-Black racism within yourselves and your communities. As a collective, we have much work to do in this regard as well.

To all of our Chicago Dyke March community, we thank you for your beauty in existing, and for resisting a system that says that we as dyke, queer, bi, and trans people, deserve less. Seeing you each year warms our hearts, inspires our actions, and gives us hope for a world in which people relate to each other through love.

We look forward to seeing you on June 27th!.

In Love and Solidarity,

The Chicago Dyke March Collective

The Chicago Dyke March collective continues to evolve and exist as a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fatphobia and are body positive.

“WE MOVE
to create visibility
to honor our histories and identities
to disrupt oppression and dominance
to challenge silence and fear
because we are everywhere
because we must survive”
– Chicago Dyke March Collective 2008

Official Announcement

Dear Community, 
It is with our deepest love and respect that the Chicago Dyke March Collective is excited to announce that the 2014 Chicago Dyke March on June 28th will be in Humboldt Park. We look forward to celebrating and supporting the visibility of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender folk throughout the neighborhood. Further announcements regarding the route and details will be released soon. 
We are honored to march in Humboldt Park and celebrate its strong history of resistance and continue to celebrate and promote the visibility of a neighborhood with a strong presence of dyke, queer, bisexual, and trans folks. We are excited to support and march alongside the many organizations, community members, and spaces that work hard to bring forward the challenges and needs of dyke, queer, bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay community.
We recognize that Humboldt Park represents a neighborhood that holds a deep history of a community that was built by folks and immigrants of different nationalities and races. We are honored to celebrate the rich history of Humboldt Park and the Puerto Rican community that has had and continues to have a deep presence in Humboldt Park, alongside many other Latino communities in the neighborhood. 
We acknowledge the changes and struggles that have carved the past and present of Humboldt Park as a neighborhood whose essence is one of resilience, and challenging oppression. We are in solidarity with the complex history of Division Street and respect those who have fought in the struggle and marched before us.
Humboldt Park, like other Chicago neighborhoods that historically have had a strong presence of people of color, has been and continues to be affected by issues such as gentrification, access to affordable housing, education, and youth homelessness. Humboldt Park, remains a community of folks, activist organizations, and grassroots organizing that strongly resist, advocate and challenge these struggles. We seek to support those in the struggle who are working to reclaim Paseo Boricua. 
The Chicago Dyke March collective continues to evolve and exist as a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fatphobia and are body positive.

“WE MOVE

to create visibility
to honor our histories and identities

to disrupt oppression and dominance
to challenge silence and fear

because we are everywhere
because we must survive”

– Chicago Dyke March Collective 2008

We also encourage people to do their own research and learning, particularly when attempting to be allies to the various segments of our community. If you have any comments your self about the process, vocabulary, inclusiveness, etc, we encourage you to ask questions, respect others, respect anyone else’s right to self determination. As always feel free to email us dykemarchchicago@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interested in volunteer or further information.