Monica Trinidad

Saturday, April 9  2-2:50 PM Room 5032

PsySR/Anti Police-Terror Project

Monica Trinidad is a queer artist and organizer born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago.  She is the co-founder of Brown & Proud Press, a collective of people of color with the intent of sharing personal narratives of struggle through the medium of zines as a catalyst for collective healing and movement. Brown and Proud Press now have zines archived at the University of Chicago Library and sold at numerous bookstores across the country.

Heavily involved in challenging police violence in Chicago, Monica was one of eight young organizers & activists of color who traveled to Geneva, Switzerland in 2014 to present a report on police violence in Chicago to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. As a delegation representing We Charge Genocide, a grassroots organization in Chicago, they staged a direct action inside the UN, calling attention to the murder of Dominique Franklin, a 23-year-old Black man tased to death by the Chicago Police Department. Because of We Charge Genocide’s delegation and direct action, the UN Committee Against Torture directly mentioned Chicago police violence against youth of color in their official observations, highlighting police violence in Chicago on an international level.