Past WCRJ Events



On January 25th, WCRJ hosted a a screening and community discussion of Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary, 13th, which explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” 13th traces the history of the nation’s progression from chattel slavery to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry.



On December 5th, WCRJ held a Know-Your-Rights training to equip workers with the tools necessary to challenge workplace discrimination, abuse and wage theft. 

  • Employers not adhering to the new minimum wage increase effective July 1st
  • Employers not paying earned overtime
  • Safety violation/workplace injuries




On Thursday, September 6th, WCRJ hosted a free screening and community discussion of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

The documentary explored the historical Black Panther Party movement, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and its lasting impact on the ongoing movement for Black liberation. Following the film, we facilitated a community dialogue to deepen our understanding of the Black Panther Party and what its history can teach activist today.





On Tuesday, the Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ) hosted the 2018 Forum for Safety and Liberation in collaboration with the Center for Racial and Gender Equity (CRGE) and Black PAC. We were joined by nearly one hundred local residents for a public dialogue on how communities can build safe and free neighborhoods by dismantling anti-Black systems of police occupation and mass incarceration, and investing in initiatives that promote equity and liberation for people of color. Read more here.



Join Workers Center for Racial Justice and Raise the Floor for a Know-Your-Rights training that will equip workers with the tools necessary to challenge workplace discrimination, abuse and wage theft. Come share your skills, stories and solidarity as we build a powerful base of Black worker activists.




WCRJ joined Common Justice for the livestream premiere of a series of short videos featuring the stories of people who have survived or committed violence. Following the screening, WCRJ hosted a panel discussion to explore healing, safety, and accountability after violence. 




In collaboration with SOUL - Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, BlackRoots Alliance and Action Now, WCRJ held a public dialogue to address critical issues, including criminal justice reform, economic equity, voting rights, and education. The event will be attended by prominent clergy members, as well as city and state elected officials.



We witnessed the rise of the far right, but what are we doing about it? What is our response? How do we resist? More importantly, how do we build POWER? Join this community discussion on building a Black Liberation Movement during the age of Trump.



Enough is enough. The time has come for us to start holding elected officials, police departments and police unions accountable. To that end, we are organizing a major mobilization against the Mayor and the FOP on September 20 to demand that they agree to fundamental changes to the union contract, which currently allows their officers to essentially get away with murder. We will hold a press conference, followed by a march to the FOP headquarters 1412 W Washington Blvd #3, Chicago, IL 60607.




The Workers Center 4 Racial Justice, Men & Women in Prison Ministries and ROCK united are teaming up to re-imagine what safety looks like in our communities. Night Out for Safety and Liberation is an annual event which takes place on the first Tuesday of August where we redefine and reimagine what public safety means for our communities.




In these highly radicalized times, whereby Police brutality in Black communities has become omni present at the level of press radio and film, economic violence has continued to go unchallenged. Our members identified a relationship between high rates of unemployment and high rates of physical violence. This forum was organized to raise the voices of those low wage workers and demand accountability for the economic violence that plagues their community.


Workers from across the Chicago land area march on Midway Airport, demanding Justice For Laquan McDonald and the immediate resignation of Anita Alvarez and Rahm EmanuelIf we can’t live you can’t fly! No Fly ZONE!


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