imagining a world without prisons & police

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the collective

The #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. The Collective operates the Breathing Room space, a Black-led liberation headquarters for arts, organizing, and healing on Chicago's South Side.

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the space

The #BreathingRoom space is an arts, healing, & organizing hub on Chicago’s South Side. It is a Black-led liberatory space that produces cultural events, builds coalition with the Chicago resistance community, and incubates programs that aim to force prisons and policing into obsolescence.

the land

Complete with a greenhouse, our people’s farm and green liberation oasis is  the epicenter of our #EverybodyEats food justice program, which distributes fresh produce and nourishing meals to support local families, community events, public actions, and mutual aid efforts.

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the work

Our work bridges creative placemaking and community-led aid, providing an access point for those who are most impacted by mass incarceration and inviting them into dialogue about what an abolitionist future looks like.