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

SAVE THE DATE!! CHICAGO DYKE MARCH 2015 IN HUMBOLDT PARK

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Chicago Dyke March Collective presents DYKE MARCH in HUMBOLDT PARK!!!

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

WHEN: SAT, JUNE 27th, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
CUANDO: Sabado, 27 de Juno 2015, 1:30 p.m.
GATHER: 1:30 p.m. southwest corner of Western & Division  KICK OFF: 2:30 p.m.
PUNTO DE REUNIÓN: 1:30 p.m. esquina suroeste de la Western y División.  MARCHA INICIARA a las 2:30 p.m.

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 one 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 una milla de 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 the boathouse in Humboldt Park.

Por coche: Hay estacionamiento en la intersección de Western/Division, donde comienza la marcha y también junto a la casa de botes de Humboldt Park.

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Website:
https://chicagodykemarch.wordpress.com/

Sitio Web:
https://chicagodykemarch.wordpress.com/

Email: dykemarchchicago@gmail.com

Correo electrónico: dykemarchchicago@gmail.com

DONATE! We need your support to make this year happen and for next year! Send as much or as little as you can to our email address on Paypal – dykemarchchicago@gmail.com

DONAR! Necesitamos su apoyo para la marcha de este año y para la del próximo año! Envié lo que usted pueda a nuestra dirección de correo electrónico en PayPal- dykemarchchicago@gmail.com
https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online

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Current Mission:
Chicago Dyke March Collective is 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.

Misión Actual:
El Colectivo Chicago Dyke March sigue evolucionando y existe como una movilización popular, como una celebracion de las person@s Dykes, Queer, Bisexual, Transgenero y la resistencia. Se trata de un esfuerzo de base anti-racista, anti-violenta, dirigido por voluntarios, con el objetivo de conectar a las comunidades a traves de raza, origen etnico, nivel socioeconomico, la edad, el tamaño, la identidad de género, expresión de género, la sexualidad, la cultura, la condición de inmigrante, la espiritualidad, y la capacidad. Nosotras/os desafiamos la fatphobia y celebramos todos los tipos de cuerpos con total positividad.
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“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”

“Nos movemos para crear visibilidad,
para honrar nuestras historias e identidades,
para perturbar la opresión y la dominación,
para desafiar el silencio y el miedo,
porque estamos en todas partes,
porque tenemos que sobrevivir.”

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We need volunteers!!!
Necesitamos voluntarios !!!

If you’re interested in any kind of volunteering, please email us at dykemarchchicago@gmail.com and let us know!

Si usted está interesado en ser voluntario, en cualquier capacidad, por favor envíenos un email a dykemarchchicago@gmail.com y déjenos saber!

– SAFETY MARSHALL volunteers are needed to be trained prior to the March and then to help during the March! They are mostly our “eyes and ears” as we march the route. Safety Marshall trainings will happen a few times in June.

-Se necesitan voluntarios de seguridad. Deberan de ser entrenados antes de la marcha y poder ayudar durante la marcha! Los voluntarios de seguridad son nuestros “ojos y oídos” durante la ruta. Los entrenamientos se lleveran acabo varias veces en junio.

– VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SET-UP AND TAKE DOWN the rally! Also for different events leading up to the march.

– VOLUNTARIOS PARA AYUDAR a montar y desmantelar el mitin! También para diferentes acontecimientos que sucederán durante la marcha.

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.

We had approximately 35 people attend the annual Chicago Dyke March Community Forum on Tuesday, May 28. This year, we co-organized with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and discussed immigration, race, sexuality, and community. Thank you to everyone who attended! Here’s a few photos.

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