May 11th 2019

Our stories are far too often left to be told by those in power and those who have incentive to dehumanize the other for their own privilege and profit. From the prevalence of fake news to the consistent erasure of stories of the oppressed from history books, it has never been more important to have the tools at our disposal to control our own narratives, tell our own stories, and take our education and representation into our own hands.

Join Hoda Katebi, Chicago-based community organizer and author of the radical, internationally-acclaimed platform JooJoo Azad, as she guides participants in an engaging conversation on resistance through self-documentation, both online and offline.

Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based angry daughter of Muslim-Iranian immigrants. She is the voice behind JooJoo Azad, the radical, political fashion online publication hailed from BBC to the New York Times to VOGUE, and author of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print documentation and celebration of illegal fashion in Iran. Offline, Hoda is an abolitionist and community organizer, part of campaigns to end surveillance programs and police militarization, and is also developing a sewing co-operative of refugee women in Chicago. Most recently, Hoda has launched #BecauseWeveRead, an Instagram-based radical, international book club with meet-ups in cities around the world, working to uplift and celebrate stories of those whose voices are systemically silenced.

Hoda graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016, where her research focused on intersections of gender, resistance, feminism, & the state in Iran, and she will be starting law school in the fall of 2019. She runs on saffron ice cream & colonizer tears.

WHEN // Saturday, May 11th from 2:00-3:30pm
WHERE // The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply/826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave.
WHO // Pre-teens, teens, & adults
HOW // Reserve a ticket! Tickets are free for Chicago students and a $10 suggested donation for the general public.

All ticket sales benefit 826CHI’s tuition-free writing programs, which serve over 3,500 students annually.

FRESH INK is a year-long community workshop series that brings in seasoned teaching artists to lead intergenerational, interdisciplinary workshops at 826CHI. FRESH INK workshops seek to provide a third space to learn and write among writers and artists of all ages and experience levels.

// About 826CHI //

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826CHI shares its space with the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., a store with a not-so-secret mission. Our unique products encourage creative writing, imaginative play, and trigger new adventures for agents of all ages. Every purchase supports 826CHI’s free programming, so visit us at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park or online to pick up spy glasses, fake moustaches, our latest student publications, and much more!

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