SoapBox Productions and Organizing is a film and social activism non-profit that specializes in multimedia curation of creative projects centered around entertainment, education, and structural social change. We coalesce cinematic excellence with grassroots organizing efforts by developing, documenting, and promoting racial, economic, and social justice initiatives with community collaborators. Through art and action, SoapBox utilizes media to power and sustain social movements for a more equitable and creative world.
Fitness Against Fascism: Get Out the Vote
“Fitness Against Fascism: Get Out the Vote“ is the second workout event in an on-going series benefiting SoapBox Productions and Organizing at CrossTown Fitness North Side (3600 N Halsted St) Monday, November 5th 7:30-9p. On the eve of the November 6th election, the night includes an anti-oppressive, liberatory-minded HIIT workout led by SoapBox and CrossTown’s Caullen Hudson, holistically minded yoga session led by Mel Phillips, and community conversation with SoapBox partners (Judges Matter and American Constitution Society) who work to create a more inclusive electoral democracy by putting power in the hands of emerging leaders and crucial information in the minds of voters across the region. Participants will exercise their bodies, minds, and civic power while learning how to organize beyond the booth to seek radical change locally, regionally, and nation-wide. The event also includes a a 14-day unlimited pass to all CrossTown Fitness locations, juices from Eenji Juice, and other treats. Can't make it? Donate at SoapBoxPO.com/Support! More partnerships to be announced, so stay tuned!
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Chicago Drill and Activism
What started as a DePaul University graduate-level sociology thesis is now a SoapBox's multi-media, cross-platform project. The original study seeks to understand the creation, meaning, perspectives and potential connections between drill rap music and the resurgence of grassroots activism since the early 2010s. Chicago "DNA" features in-depth interviews with drill rappers, other independent artists, and organizers and activists. It situates its findings into a broader theoretical framework and empirical history of systemic inequality and resistance.
As technology and entertainment push the digital age forward, the need for inclusive communities of compassion, humanity, and justice continues to build. Our destinies are connected to each other. With that, we must remember that creative integrity and radical change are essential to our progress as a society. Check out some of our recent projects, events, and endeavors below.