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Current Exhibition

Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice Heading link

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The Chicago Justice Gallery re-opens for the Spring ’24 semester with new hours! Starting February 7th through May 25th, CGJ open hours will be the following:
  • Tuesday: By appointment only
  • Wednesday: By appointment only
  • Thursday & Friday: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tours and appointments can be scheduled via the website of our exhibit partner, The Latino Cultural Center.

The Social Justice Initiative and UIC Latino Cultural Center in partnership with community organizations Alianza Americas and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) invite you to join us for the opening reception of Climates of Inequality:Stories of Environmental Justice, an exhibition featuring stories of environmental justice, collective resistance, and community solutions to create a more just future.

The climate crisis is not new for those it most severely impacts – Indigenous and Black communities, People of Color, and low-wage earners. Instead, it is a continuation of disproportionate environmental harms they have resisted for generations. This exhibition features the stories of 7 communities as they confront their respective locality’s history of environmental racism – and how these legacies are contributing to the climate crisis. The stories are a part of the participatory public memory project led by the Humanities Action Lab and created in collaboration with over 500 students, educators, and environmental justice advocates in more than 20 cities across the US, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Mexico.

Climates of Inequality centers climate change as a social justice issue and expands the Chicago story from Little Village to feature other “sacrifice zones”: Altgeld Gardens, Calumet River, McKinley Park, Pilsen, and the Southeast Side. By featuring the voices of local artists, leaders, and residents, this exhibition affirms the work and dedication of frontline communities combating environmental and climate harms while creating a more just future.