Mixed media, 2015
Monica Trinidad is an artist and organizer born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago and is heavily involved in challenging police violence in Chicago. Monica was one of eight young organizers & activists of color who travelled to Geneva, Switzerland in 2014 to present a report on police violence in Chicago to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. As a delegation representing 'We Charge Genocide', a grassroots organization in Chicago, they staged a direct action inside the UN, calling attention to the murder of Dominique Franklin, a 23-year-old Black man tased to death by the Chicago Police Department. Because of We Charge Genocide’s delegation and direct action, the UN Committee Against Torture directly mentioned Chicago police violence against youth of color in their official observations, so highlighting police violence in Chicago on an international level. In 2016, Monica co-founded 'For the People Artists Collective', a collaborative network of Black artists and artists of color in Chicago who create work that uplifts and projects struggle, resistance, and survival within and for marginalized communities in Chicago.