Feb 23rd 2023

Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis and Racial Justice Issue

@ Weinberg/Newton Gallery

688 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60642

Opening Thursday, February 23rd, from 6PM - 7:30PM

On view through Saturday, April 15th

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Learn how you can become an advocate for change and help reduce gun violence in Illinois.

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s Black Organizing Program and Young Adults for Planned Parenthood are hosting a community conversation on the impact of gun violence in Illinois. There is no doubt that gun violence is a public health issue, but its racial justice implications disproportionately affect Black communities throughout the state. Our panel of community leaders and experts will discuss community-based solutions to ending gun violence and provide resources for processing gun violence trauma.

Panelists: Yolanda Androzzo, Executive Director of OimAim Illinois, Rev. Brenda K. Mitchell, State Chapter Co-Leader of Moms Demand Action in Illinois and a Fellow with the Everytown Survivor Network, and Stephanie Love-Patterson, Executive Director of Connections for Abused Women and Children

This is program is part of the exhibition For Those Without Choice which is presented in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Illinois.


About the Exhibition
Our 2023 partnerships are important and timely, beginning with an exhibition in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

In 2016, Weinberg/Newton Gallery hosted an exhibition entitled Your body is a battleground in support of reproductive rights and a pro-choice Illinois. Installed at our previous location, the building’s management forced the gallery to remove Aleksandra Mir’s text-based artwork Keep Abortion Legal from outward-facing windows along Superior Street in River North. In alternating baby blue and soft pink letters, the statement was deemed unrepresentative of building management and all tenants.

Seven years later the rollback of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States of America through the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling has taken away the constitutional right to an abortion. For Those Without Choice is dedicated to those impacted by laws that manipulate personal decision-making by controlling and criminalizing medical access to reproductive-related procedures.

New and established pro-choice voices come together in overwhelming support and demand for reproductive rights. Mir is no longer alone in presenting art that directly addresses abortion, and there is consensus amongst the group: Abortion is Freedom. Abortion is Healthcare. Abortion is Normal. Abortion is NOT a Crime. Keep Abortion Legal.


Aleksandra Mir
Angela Davis Fagan
Catherine Sullivan
Cathy Hsiao
Claire Ashley
D Rosen
Ellen Rothenberg
Guerilla Girls Broadband
Gwyneth Anderson
Hope Esser
Iris Bernblum
Jenny Polak
Judith Brotman
Julia Klein
Katrina Majkut
L Vinebaum
Maria Robinson and Sayward Schoonmaker
Martha Poggioli
Marzena Abrahamik
Maymay Jumsai
Michelle Pred
Shout Your Abortion
Stacee Kalmanovsky
Udita Upadhyaya
Wildcat Ebony Brown

Image: Aleksandra Mir, Keep Abortion Legal




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