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Oct 4, 2019

UPDATE: Online Exhibition Design

 
Thanks to your generous support, we are now starting the education design phase of our collaboration with The Sisterhood, a collective of Chicagoland mothers, all women of color, whose children have been killed by senseless gun violence.
 
Over the coming weeks, our dedicated Unsilence team of researchers and designers will be selecting key moments from the interview testimonies of a dozen mothers. The testimonies will be presented alongside photographic portraits of the mothers - photographed by artist Cecil McDonald Jr. - and turned into a new interactive online Unsilence exhibition. We aim create a learning tool for schools and communities that highlights both individual experiences and collective experiences of gun violence and its implications for families.
 
Our project goals: (1) To unsilence the personal and collective grief, trauma, activism, and healing of mothers of color. (2) To humanize their murdered children who are so often portrayed in a negative light in the media. (3) To help communities across Chicago talk about systemic violence. (4) To connect Chicagoland communities, because we’re in this crisis together and we can only solve it together.
 
We are so grateful for your support. We cannot unsilence injustice without you.
 
All my best,
Danny M. Cohen
Founder & Interim Executive Director of Unsilence
www.unsilence.org
Sep 5, 2019

What happens in an Unsilence teacher training?

Thank you for your support of our Unsilence initative to help schools address mental health.

Across our Unsilence in-person programs, mental health is named, again and again, as a topic that's difficult for teachers and young people to talk about in a meaningful way.

Last week, 40 social studies teachers participated in Unsilence teacher trainings. The teachers explored our online Unsilence learning experiences -- like Oxygen and Tomorrow -- and explored how to talk with their students about gun violence, incidents of suicide, and domestic terrorism, all of which affect our young people in profound ways.

One specific barrier to dialogue that the teachers identified was a sense of fear among parents that their children were not yet ready to talk about these difficult "mature" topics. The teachers noted that parents often need the reminder that their children are in fact already exposed (through TV, film, and social media, as well as through direct experience) to different forms of violence that can be perceived as inappropriate for teens. Yet young people need the guidance of trusted adults to learn how to talk openly and process their complex emotions and urgent questions.

By the end of the Unsilence trainings, the teachers walked away with specific tools for helping young people talk about individual mental health and community mental health, including how to talk to school administrators and how to organize parent-student education programs to encourage dialogue across generations.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our work. We can't unsilence without you!

Jul 9, 2019

Unsilence & The Sisterhood: UPDATE on what's next...

Thanks to your generous support, we are close to completing the "photography phase" of our project with The Sisterhood -- a collective of mothers, all women of color, whose children have been killed by senseless violence. Will you contribute today to help our project cross the finish line?
 
This spring, renowned Chicago artist Cecil McDonald Jr. has been working with the women to create artworks that tell the story of each mother and their children. This summer, Unsilence is integrating the testimonies and photographic artworks to create a new online exhibition and learning experience for schools and communities. Your donation today will help us build the exhibition and develop Unsilence educator guides.
 
Our project goals: (1) To unsilence the personal and collective grief, trauma, activism, and healing of mothers of color. (2) To humanize their murdered children who are so often portrayed in a negative light in the media. (3) To help communities across Chicago talk about systemic violence. (4) To connect Chicagoland communities, because we’re in this crisis together and we can only solve it together.
 
We are so grateful for your support. We cannot unsilence injustice without you.
 
All my best,
Danny M. Cohen
Founder & Interim Executive Director of Unsilence
www.unsilence.org
 

 

Unsilence is working to amplify the voices ofThe Sisterhood, a collective of Chicago mothers, all women of color, each of whom has lost a child to gun violence.

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