Fempowerment holds thrift store to fundraise for civil liberties organization

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Fempowerment sells donated clothes to fundraise for the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression.

Sahana Unni, Reporter

Fempowerment, a group promoting intersectional feminism in Chicago, held a Halloween-themed pop-up thrift store at Promontory Point on Oct. 25 with the proceeds being donated to the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression

CAARPR has worked to free prisoners and has defended civil liberties of people in Illinois and around the world since 1973, according to its website.

Senior Saeyanni Simmons, co-president of Fempowerment, has been working with the organization since 2018 and said the decision to donate to CAARPR is because of work the group has done in the past.

We like to have events and workshops that just highlight the experiences of women and fem-identifying people of color in the city.”

— Saeyanni Simmons

“They’re currently doing a lot of work with bailouts for people who were arrested from the Black Lives Matter protests, and also they were a pretty active COVID relief for people in the city,” Saeyanni said.

Due to the pandemic, masks were mandatory at the thrift store event, and it was held outdoors despite the cold temperatures. 

“We like to have events and workshops that just highlight the experiences of women and fem-identifying people of color in the city,” Saeyanni said. 

Simmons mentioned that the clothes that were sold came from members of Fempowerment and donations from people who saw their advertisement on Instagram.

The event followed Fempowerment’s first pop-up thrift store Sept. 7 at Promontory Point.