Reparations Won: The story of 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. In 2010 CTJM, a group of attorneys, artists, educators, and social justice activists, put out a call for speculative memorials to recall and honor the two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago. This effort culminated in a major exhibition of 75 proposals and a year-long series of associated teach-ins, roundtables, and other public events in 2011-2013. After months–and decades–of grassroots struggle, the Chicago City Council passed the reparations package for the Burge torture survivors and their family members on Wednesday, May 6, 2015! CTJM now turns its attention to a campaign for reparations for those affected by Chicago Police torture, and to working in solidarity with other groups and individuals for racial justice and to end police violence and mass incarceration.

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

Welcome to the online store of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM). We initiated the campaign that won unprecedented reparations legislation for Burge torture survivors, their family members and communities. All proceeds will support CTJM’s work to amplify the survivors’ voices and to implement reparations including the creation of a community center and a public memorial.