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The Take Action Show: #BlackLivesMatter

August 17, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

Members of the Chicago comedy scene have come together at the place where comedy meets activism. Tired of senseless deaths, too many guns, and a corrupt law enforcement system. This is a place where our community’s comedians and performers can come together to voice their truth and to be heard openly. Each of these shows will have a specific focus in using our voice, both the performers’ and the audiences’ voices, to incite change directly within our own community.

This next show will specifically deal directly with helping to reform our law enforcement and help victims of violence. The organizations the August show will benefit: and
$5 of every ticket will go to each of the organizations.

The Playground Theater
3209 N. Halsted

Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola
Jose Iasel Gonzalez
Patrick Rowland
Shantira Jackson
Dewayne Perkins
John Thibodeaux
Angie Oliver

At the last show our audience left empowered, with a to do list of how to actively create change.
If you would like to hop in on that, here’s what you can do!

1. Donate to this GoFundMe page
to benefits the organizations at and

2. Call your alderman, your mayor, and your governor’s offices and say this:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office: 312-744-3300
Hello, my name is __________, and I’m calling today from _______ to urge you Mayor Emmanuel, to reform our law enforcement policies. We need law enforcement to demonstrate that public safety can be ensured without killing civilians. By implementing the right policy changes, we can end police killings and other forms of police violence in the United States. We are begging you to intervene on behalf of the community and help to begin reinstating our faith in law enforcement as a peacekeeping entity. The following are 10 actionable policy changes that can act to protect and preserve life
– End broken windows policing
– Limit use of force by police on civilians
– Independently investigate and prosecute police brutality
– Mandatory use of body cameras
– Train police officers in a way that protects and preserves life
– End for-profit policing
– Demilitarize our police force
– Institute fair police union contracts
Please address this glaring issue, Mayor.
Thank you for sharing my message.

3. RSVP for this event next month and put it in your Google Calendar with a notification update!

We must stand for those who cannot and we must speak for those who have no voice. Let’s do this.

“An artist’s duty is to effect the times.”
– Nina Simone


August 17, 2016
10:00 pm


Wendy Mateo


The Playground Theater
3209 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657 United States

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