Raptivist (rapper/activist), LYSSEN is committed to changing the negative reputation that her hometown city of Chicago has inherited over the last couple years, with her new “I AM NOT CHIRAQ” Movement.
Chiraq is a nickname given to America’s third largest city, Chicago, because there have been more murders and violence that occur in Chicago than the war in Iraq. Over the years, this tainted title has only steered attention to killings, robbery, gangs, and acts of violence, ignoring the more positive contributions that hail from the city. The exposure of this misconception is destroying the confidence of the youth, and blinding the sight of their full potential.
The city of Chicago has bred, influenced, and encouraged numerous leaders and innovators throughout many generations. The term Chiraq has shadowed the history, future, and legacy of the city. Now Lyssen along with Chicago producer Travis Oscar, and Chicago activist Enisha Valentine have teamed up to encourage the residents of Chicago to embrace their abilities and take a stand for the city. Together they are publicizing various resource organizations throughout Chicago and the United States, which have a passion for growth, youth, community, and family development.
Lyssen’s latest release “I AM NOT CHIRAQ” (Prod. By Travis Oscar) Features the soulful harmony of Michael Jackson and the powerful insightfulness of Louis Farrakhan. The cover art features a collage of several artists, activists, and businesses. The powerful title, cover art and electro-soulful sound each work together and proves that this city united is much bigger than Chiraq – It’s Chicago… Lyssen!
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Your support will help fund materials and costs needed for community rallies and community events that support the I AM NOT CHIRAQ Movement
Organization Resource List
Chicago Torture (Chicago, IL) www.chicagotorture.org
“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.”
COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION www.commongroundfoundation.org
Created by Chicago rapper Common designed this foundation “To use creative arts to expose youth to new opportunities.”
Black Youth Foundation (United States) www.byp100.org
“Black Youth Project 100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people”
Poetry Foundation (Chicago, IL) www.poetryfoundation.org
“An independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture”
Colorlines (United States) www.Colorlines.com
“Colorlines is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis”
DONDA’S HOUSE (Chicago, IL) www.dondashouseinc.org
Founded by Kanye West, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and Donnie Smith “Donda’s House is a nonprofit to support young aspiring artists in Chicago. Our teaching philosophy is based on the research and career of Dr. Donda West who believed that arts instruction improves a child’s analytical and creative capacity.”
INCITE (United States) www.incite-national.org
“INCITE! works with groups of women of color* and our communities to develop political projects that address the multiple forms of violence women of color experience in our lives, on our bodies, and in our communities”
WE CHARGE GENOCIDE (Chicago, IL) www.wechargegenocide.org
“We Charge Genocide is a grassroots, inter-generational effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago.”
CHICAGO LIGHT BRIGADE (Chicago, IL) www.chicagolightbrigade.org
“A network of community organizers and radical activists who are committed to supporting Chicago’s grass roots struggles with creative tactics, skill sharing, and mutual aid. This year, we are particularly focused on the defense of public education and thea network of community organizers and radical activists who are committed to supporting Chicago’s grass roots struggles with creative tactics, skill sharing, and mutual aid. This year, we are particularly focused on the defense of public education and the deincarceration of our youth. of our youth.”
COMMUNITIES UNITED (Chicago, IL) www.communitiesunited.org
“Communities United is a grassroots community organization that addresses the root causes of social, racial and economic injustice at a neighborhood, citywide, statewide and national level.”
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