Chano4Mayor launched in April 2017 as an exercise in political imagination. What would happen if a young, Black artist from the South Side were to gain a position of power in Chicago, a city which has worked for a century to disempower and disenfranchise its Black citizens?
Together with Alex Soble, Bea Malsky, and Kalil Smith-Nuevelle, I helped create a new media campaign to explore this question. We built a website, a Twitter account, and a meme generator to help people play with our vision of a more just Chicago.
Watch me and Alex give a talk about lessons we learned from building Chano4Mayor at Chi Hack Night.
If you prefer, take a look at the slides that powered our presentation.
We got a lot of press for Chano4Mayor. The following are the highlights.
Ebony Magazine, "June Cover Issue Exclusive: Chance the Rapper for President?"
The Chicago Sun-Times, "Chance the Mayor? Website aims to draft rapper to challenge Rahm"
The Chicago Tribune, "Chance the Rapper for mayor?"