May 11th Opening: April 1968 and Today: Police and Military Occupation of Chicago.
"This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white--separate and unequal. It is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens." -The 1968 Kerner Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report is a reminder of how America has in many ways fallen further behind in the struggle for equality and justice for all.
May 11th Opening: April 1968 and Today: Police and Military Occupation of Chicago.
Photographs, Prints, Multimedia Work, and Films from Marc PoKempner, Larry Redmond, Gerard Evans, Carlos Cortez, Nelson W Armour and Michael Kreuser from Artists for Action Chicago, Kathy Weaver, Peter Kuttner, Christopher Urias and Kathy Steichen and more. Short films: 4-27-1968 Peace Protest, 2012 NATO.
MAY 11 Program 630pm:
Mary Scott-Boria lived near the Westside when Dr King was assassinated in April 1968. She is a lifelong activist from Chicago who has stood witness from many perspectives: a teenaged mother, the IL Black Panther Party, the Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, Cook County Democratic Women, Mikva Challenge helping young people develop their voices in government and politics and CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers). Currently, Ms. Scott-Boria is the director of Urban Studies at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
Bruce Thomas came to Chicago from Washington DC in 1967 as a Field Team Leader for National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission. He stayed, working first in social services -Illinois Institute for Social Policy and IL Department of Children & Family Services - and then in education, where he continues his work today. He co-created the school district in the Illinois correctional system, collaborated in the design and creation of an experimental Chicago elementary school, directed projects in advocacy and education, including the International Living Program--a pilot project that enabled older foster care youth in Chicago to study in Europe for an academic year. Currently Mr. Thomas works as a volunteer tutor in a Southside Chicago public elementary school and collaborating in the creation of The Holding Circle, a mental health component for teachers and students.
Uri-Eichen Gallery curator Peter Kuttner will moderate with a Q&A following the presentation. Mr. Kuttner was arrested and jailed for photographing the leafleting of National Guard called up after Dr. King's assassination. The leaflets urged the soldiers to refuse to occupy the community. Three weeks later, out on bond, he filmed the Chicago police attack on an anti-Vietnam War march and demonstration at which he was not arrested, having learned a lesson earlier in April.
By appointment through June 1. For an appointment call 312 852 7717
Unfinished Business: 1968-2018
A five month series exploring the many ways the struggles of fifty years ago are the same struggles of today in Chicago on the anniversary of the release of the 1968 Kerner Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
An evening of films and discussion
President Johnson and the Kerner Commission From Eyes on the Prize: "Two Societies" 
What's Going On? Marvin Gaye asks the musical question under silent archival US Army footage of the occupation of Chicago's Westside in the aftermath of the King Assassination 
April 27 A peaceful demonstration is violently attacked by Chicago Police 
Battle of Michigan Avenue The infamous August 28, 1968 Chicago police riot during the Democratic National Convention 
Medium Cool A scene from a Hollywood movie of an actor searching for the young boy playing her son among the real police and US military occupying Grant Park . 
Four Days in Chicago The final day of Occupy's mass demonstrations and marches during the 2012 NATO Summit.
Chicago Black Lives Matter Protest Police Shootings Interviews of protesters, filmed during a demonstration and march 
Join us on Saturday June 2, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the
JUNE 2nd, 6:30-9pm,
1968 and 2018: The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
JUNE 8th, 6pm-10pm,
Second Fridays of the Month
6PM - 10PM
Richard Berg is the Past President of Teamsters Local 743 where he was an activist in the Teamster reform movement for more than 20 years before being elected president. He was a member and union steward for the Teamsters while working in the Department of Environmental Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has also worked as an Organizer for AFSCME, as a Business Agent for the Teamsters, as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73 and a Staff Representative for AFSCME Council 31. He was also previously the Treasurer of the Chicago Area Labor Support Committee, Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement, International Steering Committee Member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 30th Ward Coordinator for Harold Washington for Mayor in 1987, Staff for James Exum for 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman, Steering Committee Member of the Illinois Chapter of the Labor Party, Wisconsin Chair of the Midwest Coalition Against Registration and the Draft, Co-Chair of the Marquette University Coalition for Divestiture and President of the Marquette University Progressive Student Organization . Richard is currently working for the Chicago Teachers Union and serves on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Labor Speakers Club. He also enjoys fine art whenever possible.
Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present.Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013). He is currently the Director of Programs for Illinois Humanities.
Ruth Needleman, professor emerita in Labor Studies at Indiana University, has taught labor and Latin American studies since the late sixties. After 4 years in Latin American Literature & Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she worked for the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez.
Ruth has been awarded honors for excellence in teaching, research and service, for her work, including a book, Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: the struggle for union democracy, and many articles on black history, race, class and gender, leadership development and on movements in Latin America. She contributed to a book on the right-wing in Chile, published by Quimantu, Allende’s publishing house, prior to the fascist coup. She has traveled extensively, presented in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nigeria, Yugoslavia, Japan, Colombia and more.
She pioneered courses in Labor & the Arts at IU, and established a 15-year college-degree program called Swingshift College, enabling steelworkers to complete college degrees in a customized worker program based on transformational pedagogy. Currently she is writing about this program and the role and character of “pedagogy for liberation” for the 21st century. She is also teaching a course on global social movements at the School of the Arts Institute.
John Pitman Weber is active in community based public art, having co-founded the Chicago Public Art Group almost 45 years ago. His public works in mosaic, paint, cement, and brick are currently found in Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain), Spencer, IA and libraries of Broward Cty, FL. He is also active in the studio with painting and woodcuts. One of his large woodcuts is currently included in the Gulf Labor Coalition’s presence at the Venice Biennale. He is emeritus, retired from Elmhurst College. His home-studio is in Pilsen.
Larry Redmond: I've always had an interest in art. As a child, I used to draw comic book characters. When I entered college, I had hoped to major in art. However, at the time UIC didn't have an art department.
Now, I express myself visually through photography. I love photographing life in the street, especially marches and demonstrations. But my interest is expanding to fine art photography. I hope to do portraits and still lifes within the next year or so.
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in English. I later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree. I studied art and photography at Chicago State University where I developed my passion for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.
I have recently become a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers because I appreciated the organization's dedication of professionalism and excellence in the practice of the art of photography. I am also a member of the Washington Park Camera Club. I currently live in Chicago with my wife and family.
Kathy Steichen co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with her husband, Christopher Urias, in 2011. She has led the programming development and coordination of hundreds of visual art and community events at the gallery in the last seven years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy art, music and participate in discussions on social justice themes. She has been involved in racial justice, anti-war and human rights issues for over 25 years. She is an alumna of several social justice and arts programs at Las Palomas de Taos, housed in the Mable Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. She founded Amnesty International chapters at the University of Iowa, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as the Student Program Coordinator of Amnesty International in the Mid-west Region. She worked for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s first primary run as the field coordinator of the 48th Ward in Chicago in the first Campaign School. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from UMASS Amherst. She has worked in the labor movement for twenty years as an organizer and union staff representative where she represents private and public sector local unions. She has been a practicing print-maker for over 25 years focused on work related to social justice theme
Christopher Urias co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery. He is a Pilsen, Chicago native who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.