September 4 at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted — Celebrate Jane Addams’ Birthday with transgender and prison rights activist Miss Major
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Wikipedia Queer/Trans Edit-a-thon, Reserve A Seat
When the Hull-House staff realized that our beloved and fierce speaker for the 2014 Jane Addams’ Birthday Conversation did not have an entry in Wikipedia, we knew we needed to help queer the most popular encyclopedia in the world. The stats are clear — the overwhelming majority of Wikipedia editors are straight men, and the content reflects the demographics. Only 9% of editors identify as women, and only 1% of editors identify as trans. Join us to help queer Wikipedia! Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. We will have folks on-site to show you the ropes, and plenty of pizza to keep you going.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2014 Jane Addams Birthday Conversation
“The Ebb and Flow of Resistance” with Miss Major – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-jane-addams-birthday-conversation-the-ebb-and-flow-of-resistance-with-miss-major-tickets-12803659089
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has dedicated a lifetime to justice. She is a black transgender woman, a Stonewall veteran, a participant in the 1971 Attica State prison uprising, a former sex worker, and a leader in the prison rights movement. Today, Miss Major is the Executive Director of the Oakland-based Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, advocating for transgender people inside and outside of prison and forging a culture of resistance and resilience. While many LGBT activists are honored for their work in affecting policy, a significant theme in Miss Major’s personal history has been that interpersonal caring and connection in itself is a revolutionary act.
September 6, 6 to 9 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street, Hidden Expressions v2 Release Party with special guest Monica Jones — Join us for an evening of food, music, and community. Zines for sale!
We invite you to celebrate the release of the Transformative Justice Law Project’s (TJLP) Hidden Expressions Volume 2, a zine showcasing fabulous stories, artwork, erotica, how-to guides, survival tips, and poetry created by and for incarcerated transgender and gender nonconforming people. The goal of this publication is to combat the isolation and silence that the prison-industrial complex inflicts by connecting incarcerated trans and gender non-conforming people with each other, as well as with their friends, family, allies, and the larger Prison Abolition movement, both inside and outside of prisons and jails.
About Monica Jones:
Monica Jones is an LGBT and sex worker rights activist. She is a student at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work and a member of SWOP Phoenix (Sex Worker Outreach Project). Monica will be travelling to Australia to intern at the sex worker organization Scarlet Alliance. In May 2013, Monica was wrongfully arrested and then convicted in April 2014 of “manifesting prostitution.” With the help of the ACLU and SWOP Phoenix, Monica is appealing the conviction.
About Hidden Expressions:
This volume is the result of two and a half years of mail correspondence and collaboration among three transgender women in prison and one trans woman on the outside. With this ‘zine, we aim to share our wisdom, stories, and strategies with each other, to support the revolutionary organizing that is happening already on the inside, and to set ourselves on our own path to liberation. We believe that as a collective of transgender people impacted by the prison system, we have the responsibility to support each other’s survival, and working on this ‘zine alone has breathed life into the four of us and our contributors. We are deeply inspired by these artists, writers, and revolutionaries, and we are thrilled to celebrate their resilience and resistance!
The first volume of Hidden Expressions is available for free download at http://www.tjlp.org, and the second volume will be posted following the release party.
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, SWOP Chicago, Project NIA
If you are unable to attend and want to support Monica directly, donations are accepted via paypal to: email@example.com
September 10, 6 p.m. at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Avenue, Circles & Ciphers Community Peace Circle – Join Circles and Ciphers for a bi-weekly community peace circles and in our efforts to make Rogers Park a Restorative Neighborhood.
September 12, Noon at Northwestern University School of Law, 420 E Superior St Chicago. Nell Bernstein presents her new book Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison. RSVP here.
September 13, 1-3 pm at Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave. The End of Juvenile Prison, book talk with Nell Bernstein “Burning Down the House”
September 14, 2-4 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. No Selves to Defend, No Rights to Respect: Blackness, Self-Defense and Violence. Details are here.
September 16, 5:30-8 pm. We Charge Genocide monthly meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for location and other details.
September 16, 6 pm at Powells Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted St.
Stop Policing Bodies! : Community Forum on Police, Sexual Assault, and Restorative Justice: Join FURIE to discuss the history of the anti-rape movement, the role of police in perpetuating rape culture, and restorative anti-prison methods for building a new antirape movement in the 21 st century! This event is organized by FURIE – Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation. To learn more about this event or how to get involved, email email@example.com. Details are HERE.
September 24, 6 p.m. at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Avenue, Circles & Ciphers Community Peace Circle – Join Circles and Ciphers for a bi-weekly community peace circles and in our efforts to make Rogers Park a Restorative Neighborhood.
September 25, 7-9 pm at SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S State St, 7th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60603 — Creative Resistance in a Prison Nation: Monthly forum highlighting Chicago-based creative projects addressing mass incarceration in a prison nation. Details about this event are HERE.
Presenters: Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Temporary Services and Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP)
Description: In the last decade, a growing number of artists, organizations and activists in the Chicago area have created artwork and developed responses to what is now termed a prison nation The U.S. locks up more people than any other nation in the world and exhausts more resources on confinement and punishment each year. One in 99 adults in the US is incarcerated; the financial and social costs to tax payers and communities is staggering. Conservatives, liberals and members of the left have all called for policy changes, yet when violence and poverty rage in Chicago neighborhoods, the common response is a call to lock more people away for longer prison terms.
Each month, several artists and groups will give short presentations on current work and share their experiences, challenges and successes. The presentations are open to the public and all are welcome to an “open mic” to present their own projects and events at the end of the evening. Please join us in this lively discussion as we imagine and activate collective solutions addressing the state of our prison nation.
Creative Resistance in a Prison Nation is organized by Sarah Ross and Kevin Kaempf with support by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries.
September 27, 1 to 4:30 pm at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Spertus Lounge (Room 244). Policing, Violence, Resistance, and Alternatives:A Workshop. Details are here.