On July 20, 2018 activist and South Shore resident Jedidiah Brown led a peaceful march in protest of the July 15 police murder of Harith ‘Snoop’ Augustus. Augustus was shot and killed by police on 71st and Chappel in the South Shore neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
As the group of about 15 people made their way on the sidewalk through the intersection of 71st and Jeffrey the police gave them one warning to stop marching. The group continued and Chicago Police began arresting several protestors including Jedidiah, the leader of the march. The march was peaceful, legal and lawful and not confrontational at all. The small group only wanted to bring attention to the police brutality and extreme wealth inequality in the neighborhood. Police appeared to use excessive force against the protestors. Three people were arrested in total. This event follows a week of protests following the July 15 shooting of Augustus.. In the aftermath of the Saturday event neighborhood residents and activists protested, threw plastics bottles and rocks and were physically beaten by the police. This was at least the fourth police killing in the neighborhood in the last three years.
I’ve lived and worked in this neighborhood for more than 20 years and have watched the ongoing disinvestment, disintegration and overall decline of our neighborhood. Where the killing and the protests occurred was right where they closed the last major supermarket in December of 2013. They also closed the Radio Shack, the Ace Hardware store and many other businesses. South Shore is a mixed income African-American community. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has also led a campaign of closing public schools, mental health clinics and other basic public services.
Cenotaph 12 is a multi-screen installation that documents the intersection of daily life, structural inequality, social violence and the legacy of history on the South Side of Chicago where I’ve lived and worked for almost two decades. The piece examines how these forces are reflected and refracted through my own lens, social media and the surveillance state and then consumed and re-played and transmitted over and over again.
PBS-AMERICA REFRAMED Class of '27 | A Conversation with Nina Alvarez
Class of '27 | A Conversation with Nina Alvarez
Clip: Season 4 Episode 21 "Class of '27" filmmaker Nina Alvarez speaks about migrant workers challenged by limitations but nonetheless are raising young children to see no limitations. From Fresno, California to Oregon's Willamette Valley, Alvarez follows the parents into the fields and the children to a specialized Head Start program, where they are given the keys to succeed.