Living Sociology

Living Sociology front coverOriginally posted as the series, 30 in 30: 30 Alumni Stories in 30 Weeks, this booklet is the product of conversations between alumni (and one very special faculty emerita!) and current students. 30 in 30 was so well-received that we decided to gather them together here, in the same order they originally appeared, to share with a broader audience in a more lasting format. (Click on the image to view a PDF of Living Sociology: Student Interviews of UIC Sociology Alumni.)
If you would like a copy of Living Sociology, please email Kirsten Andersen. We would love to share it with you!

 

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UIC’s Policing in Chicago Research Group releases “Tracked and Targeted: Early Findings on Chicago’s Gang Database”

The following press release was originally published on February 6 by Mijente

Tracked & Targeted

New Report on Gang Database Details Harms to Chicago Residents

Report released today shows how the Chicago gang database decreases job opportunities for Black and Latino youth, increases levels of policing in communities of color, and puts city’s immigrants at risk for deportation.

Read the full report here

Chicago, IL — A new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Policing in Chicago Research Group, Tracked and Targeted: Early Findings on Chicago’s Gang Database, provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the Chicago Gang Database and the harms that it causes Black and Latinx communities in Chicago.

“The report makes clear why communities of color in Chicago are upset about the gang database. The CPD overwhelmingly targets Black and Latinx youth for inclusion in the database,” says Andy Clarno, director of the Policing in Chicago Research Group that conducted the research. “And, as the report shows, federal law enforcement agencies such as ICE and the FBI have access to this information, putting immigrants on the list at heightened risk for deportation. People on the database are also subject to police harassment as well as more severe bail, bond and sentencing decisions,” he concluded.

Janae Bonsu, the lead author of the report, and organizer with the advocacy group Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) adds, “This report shows that CPD’s  targeted surveillance of Black and Latinx people in Chicago is not only steeped in inaccuracies, but is likely unconstitutional and has real implications for people’s lives. But there’s still information that we don’t know and the City needs to be fully transparent about their policies and practices of this state-sanctioned profiling, and accountable for its adverse effects.”

The report includes information on:

  • The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) increasing emphasis on “data-driven” policing
  • The ways that gang affiliation is documented and recorded by the CPD;
  • CPD policies regarding gangs in Chicago;
  • Demographic information on the race and gender of people labeled “gang affiliated”
  • The ways that the CPD shares information with federal law enforcement agencies, including DHS and the FBI;
  • Harms caused by the gang database to communities of color;
  • The consequences for U.S. born and immigrant Chicagoans for being labeled as gang members;
  • The campaign organizing against the gang database in Chicago; and
  • Recommendations to address the issues named in the report.

The report has been sent to Chicago Aldermen and other elected officials as part of a city-wide campaign to end the Chicago Gang Database. There are more than 128,000 people on the Chicago Gang Database.  A large majority of the list (95%) is Black and Latinx, disproportionately affecting communities of color. As this report highlights, approximately 11% of Chicago’s total Black population, 4% of the Latino population, and 0.6 %of the white population are in the gang database.

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The Campaign to Expand Sanctuary is a cross-issue interorganizational collaboration to defy, defend, and expand what it means for Chicago to be a Sanctuary City. The campaign pushes for the City to strengthen its protections for immigrants and refugees and address criminalization and police violence against Black people and communities of color. The campaign is anchored by Black Youth Project 100, Mijente, and Organized Communities Against Deportations. Read more at http://erasethedatabase.com/

A Week of Gratitude, day 5

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 1Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Ben Tam
First and foremost, I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices of my parents. I’ve worked in their shoes and it was hard work – 7 days a week with only Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving night off. Thank you Lain for blowing my mind on gender. Your first course was introduction for me to Sociology & Gender. Also, thanks to all my previous professors for making my college experience a nice one. Shout out to Rachel Lovis, Amy Bailey, Gina Pessagno, Herrica Telus, Amelia Branigan, Kevin James, and everyone else I’m missing.

Daisy Vanessa Guzman
By God’s grace and my mommy’s support, I made it! Now let’s get that Masters!

Anonymous
I am thankful that our department is a woke one.

Map Team
Thank you Soc 490 team! We thank you ❤

A Week of Gratitude, day 4

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 4Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Laura Magana
This course [SOC 490] has been very helpful and fun! I am very grateful for the senior capstone faculty because they are inspirational and motivational. Thank you for all your support!

Fariha Asad
This has been one of the best classes I have taken this semester. Soc 490 with Professor Garcia has been great because it really engages you into learning by focusing on not only the material at hand but she knows how to tie in her lectures with content events. She’s an amazing professor and I’m very happy that she was promoted as she was. Thank you for an amazing semester!

Anonymous
Big Shout out to Jose and the Oak Park Library Crew for supporting our event! #ETeam Soc 490 #Capstone

Anonymous
Thank you SOC 490 Team. Thanks Mom and Dad ❤

A Week of Gratitude, day 3

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 3Our graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Cassandra Flores
Lain Mathers, thank you for providing me with a better understanding of gender issues and human sexuality. You challenged my thinking and expanded my mind, so I thank you for that.

Giselle Castellucci
Thank you to my UIC professors and TAs! =) ❤

Anonymous
I appreciate being forced to experience this at UIC. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done this on my own… But I learned so much! #Blessed

Kristina Rago
Professor Bailey & Professor Risman thank you both for being such great mentors and teachers. You’ve both provided me with valuable and applicable knowledge and experience for a career in Sociology. Thank you!

A Week of Gratitude, day 2

Week of Gratitude 4x3 day 2.jpgOur graduating seniors wrote thank-you notes, reflecting on their time at UIC and the friends, family, and instructors who supported them along the way. We’re sharing these notes all week for A Week of Gratitude.

Ann Toma
I am grateful for the connections and relationships that I have formed within the Sociology department and with other Soc majors! Thank you for everything!

Kenneth Hong
Thank you Professor Lorena Garcia for allowing me to take my community partner project to another. The internship for Arrow Star really helped me a lot as it was the crucial component of my graduation. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, because I was going through a panic attack when I was scrambling for the solution. I am so thankful for the opportunity, and for the semester you have given me. Best

David Bibbs
Thank you

Anonymous
Thank you to all my wonderful UIC SOC professors that made this possible! #UICSOC

Stacy Rodriguez
I want to take the time to give a huge thanks to my family, friends and Professor Cambe-Lilley. Without their help I would not have been able to succeed! Thank you so much.