Chicago Dyke March Chicago in Pilsen again
Collective announces two year neighborhood rotations
Altering the 2008 decision to hold the Chicago Dyke* March (CDM) in a different neighborhood every summer, organizers announced that the it will remain in each new location for two consecutive years. Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican and immigrant community will host the Dyke March for a second time this June.
There will be a forum in Pilsen on May 16th, at 1 pm, open to everyone who would like to discuss the mobilization, at Radio Arte (1401 W. 18th Street).
The Chicago Dyke March Collective (CDMC) is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across multiple identities. Last year’s decision to hold the march in a different neighborhood every year attempted to address the needs of queer people living and organizing in all parts of the city, particularly those living outside of the predominantly white, middle class neighborhoods of Boystown and Andersonville. The decision to stay in one neighborhood for two years is in part a recognition of the importance of engaging deeply with every community that hosts Dyke March. The intention is to do significant solidarity and education work, so that the march takes place with the full participation of neighborhood residents and organizations, as well as queer people from all across the city who identify with the mission. With limited resources and funding to do this work, organizers believe that community outreach and education efforts will have a more significant impact by spending two years in one location.
The CDMC said in a statement:
“We are very conscious about the history of white, middle class LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer] organizations coming into working class, and of-color communities without building relationships or being conscious of the history and struggles of the people in the community. CDMC believes that it is necessary to be intentional about building solidarity across multiple communities and supporting each other’s struggles.”
Rally will begin at 1:00 PM on 18th and Halsted. Everyone is invited. A bike contingent will begin from Trumbull Elementary (Foster and Ashland) to the march, departing at 11:00 AM. For more information, to volunteer, or to perform, please e-mail CDM at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit DykeMarchChicago.
* A note on terminology: Please note that the word “dyke” has a history of being a pejorative term, and may be perceived as offensive by some. At Dyke March however, we also are aware of the power of reclaiming terms that have been used against us. Dyke March chooses to use the word “dyke” as a politicized, empowering and reclaimed word, and as an umbrella term for women who have relationships with other women, exclusively or not. Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, class, age, size, sex, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability.