Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) aims to honor and to seek justice for the survivors of Chicago police torture, their family members, and the African American communities affected by the torture. CTJM is a cultural collective founded in 2011 that has fused art, activism, and radical popular education with a tenacious commitment to antiracist politics. CTJM was instrumental in spearheading a grassroots campaign that successfully led the city of Chicago to pass unprecedented reparations legislation. Today, our mission is to fulfill the final piece of the reparations legislation and build the memorial for the Burge torture survivors. Chicago’s memorial will honor the police torture survivors and their resilience and show the nation and the world how public art can bear witness to the ugly truth of our past, and how people can come together collectively to seek positive change and repair systematic harm.