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On May 6, 2015, the Chicago City Council adopted legislation that formally sought to repair the damage wrought by a decades-long pattern of police torture. After months of careful negotiations between City Hall and the advocates for torture survivors, the council unanimously passed a package of laws providing for both financial and nonfinancial compensation, or reparations, for torture survivors and their families.

Drawing on the successful passage of this reparations legislation, this chapter identifies the intervention of the grassroots group Black People Against Police Torture (BPAPT) as pivotal in overcoming entrenched pro–law enforcement opposition to demands for accountability and redress. In particular, this article argues that the crucial contribution of BPAPT was its adoption of a strategic approach to international human rights law and institutions that prompted subsequent breakthroughs at the local, state, and federal level.

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NGO  |   Advocacy  |   Civil and political rights  |  

Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) is the voice for justice for victims of police brutality and deadly force. They are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition uniting mothers nationwide to fight for civil rights, police accountability, and policy reform.

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Dontcallthepolice.com is a national database of community-based alternatives to calling the police or 911, broken down by city. They provide emergency and crisis resources in the areas of housing, mental health, LGBTQ+, domestic violence & sexual assault, elders, substance abuse, and resources for victims of crime. This resource was created to ensure that people who need help know that they have non-violent options available to them. Dontcallthepolice.com accepts and welcomes community submissions!

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Coalition  |   Advocacy  |   Civil and political rights  |  

BAMN leads mass actions and builds the new integrated, independent youth-led Civil Rights/Immigrant Rights Movement. Their student and youth-led movements in California and elsewhere are in the forefront of leading the struggles to win immigrant rights, to stop the attacks on public education from Pre-K to college and to restore affirmative action programs so that Latina/o,…

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NGO  |   Capacity building  |   Racial justice  |  

The Workers Center for Racial Justice is a grassroots organization fighting for Black Liberation and a fair and inclusive society that benefits all people. They organize Black workers and their families to address the root causes of high rates of unemployment, low-wage work and over-criminalization impacting Black communities. They focus on direct action organizing, policy advocacy,…

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NGO  |   Education  |   Digital activism  |  

The Radical Database is a growing list of petitions, fundraisers, legal help/aid, Food & Medicine assistance, reading lists to petitions, career help to mental health resources, and more. There’s something for everyone. No matter what, you’ll find what you’re looking for. It’s free, so no excuses. This website was created by Angelina Ruiz, an artist,…

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News  |   Online platform/website  |    

Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Their work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world. Born from the Internet in 2015, our commercial-free platform operates non-hierarchically, independent of corporate or government control. Unicorn Riot spans across multiple US cities including Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia as well as South Africa.

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Coalition  |   Advocacy  |   Racial justice  |  

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to…

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The Legal Rights Center is a community-driven nonprofit law firm, specializing in adult criminal and juvenile delinquency defense, restorative justice practices and youth advocacy. The Legal Rights Center runs two programs: Community Defense Program and the Youth: Education, Advocacy & Restorative Services (Y:EARS) Program. While each program has distinct goals and methods, collectively they point to the overall vision of improving the experience of the justice system for communities of color, if not proactively by solving problems that prevent involvement in the justice system in the first place, then certainly after an individual has been swept up into the system.​

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