Upcoming PIC-Related Events – October 2014 (updated)

October 15, 6-8 pmPublic Forum on Confronting Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration — Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash, Room 616.

Join Moratorium on Deportations Campaign (MDC) for a Public Forum, sponsored by the Roosevelt University Stop Mass Incarceration Network

Mass incarceration and the detention of illegalized immigrants are distinct, but they also overlap but overlapping systems. In this participatory session we will map out the complex relationship between these systems and focus on migrant detention as an experimental form of captivity and control. We will also consider how proposals for immigration reform push for a further expansion of border militarization and domestic enforcement. How could we reject this kind of reformist politics and move towards an abolitionist vision?

Details are here

October 15, 6 pmLGBTQ Student Life’s 2014 OUTober Keynote Speaker Cece McDonald – University of Chicago, Law School Auditorium

October 15, 7 pmBeyond ‘Police Militarization‘ — University of Chicago, Harper 140, 1116 E. 59th St. — free and open to all  See Facebook event for more information
The possession and deployment of military-grade equipment by American law enforcement agencies has recently gained the attention of mainstream politicians and media outlets. But is this a standalone trend? Should we speak of ‘militarization’ in isolation?
Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UChicago has invited Jack Cole to present on the issue.  After being a New Jersey State Trooper for 26 years, Jack founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization of former and current police officers concerned about how their forces deal with the populations they’re allegedly protecting. Jack has presented in 26 countries, and before the legislatures of Canada, Denmark, the European Union and New Zealand. The recipient of a Masters in Public Policy, he also does research into race and gender bias, brutality and corruption in law enforcement.

Lessons in Self Defense Poster FINAL October 16, 6 to 8:30 pm at Depaul University, at Schmitt Academic Center / Rm. 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue (corner of Kenmore and Belden) — Lessons in Self-Defense: Women’s Prisons, Gendered Violence, and Antiracist Feminisms in the 1970s and ’80s. Join Dr. Emily Thuma who will share her research followed by a conversation with Mariame Kaba. RSVP on Facebook

Emily Thuma is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her teaching and research focus broadly on the cultural and political histories of gender, race, sexuality, and empire in the United States. She is currently completing a book about feminist activism against violence in the context of the politics of crime control, policing, and imprisonment in the U.S. in the 1970s and ’80s.She has also long been active in LGBTQ and feminist anti-violence and prison organizing efforts.

Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA (www.project-nia.org), a grassroots organization with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. Mariame has a long history of anti-violence organizing and education. She has co-founded several organizations including the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women (www.chitaskforce.org), the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (www.rogersparkywat.org). Her current project ‘No Selves to Defend’ examines the criminalization of women of color for invoking self-defense. Mariame runs the blog: Prison Culture where she writes about issues of juvenile justice, prisons, criminalization and transformative justice.

October 16 – 11 to 2 pm COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM ON A CIVILIAN POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY COUNCIL – Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th Street, Chicago, IL

join as police crime survivors, community members and activists assess where we are at and where we need to go in terms of building a broad, united all inclusive front against police crimes and the intensifying drive to turn our country into a police state, that will brutally crush and attempt to destroy all progressive, democratic movements for justice, equality and peace.

October 17 – 8:30-3:30 pmDiscipline in Schools:Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance – Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago. Registration and information HERE

October 20, 12:30-2:30 pm, Marissa Alexander Teach-In — A teach-in examining the ways in which criminal legal systems have penalized battered women of color for trying to defend themselves. University of Illinois at Chicago — Rm 286 ROOSEVELT ROAD BUILDING / RSVP – can@uic.edu

October 21 – 5:30-8 pmWe Charge Genocide Monthly Meeting – email wechargegenocide@gmail.com for details including location.

October 22 – 9 to 11 am at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted. - We Charge Genocide CPD Violence Against Youth of Color Report Release – Join members of We Charge Genocide as they share key findings of their report to the United Nations about Chicago police violence against youth of color — RSVP on Facebook or by email: wechargegenocide@gmail.com

October 22 – 6 pm at 3151 W. Harrison (11th Police District) – Break Down The Wall of Silence: Protest Against Police Brutality -

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October 28, 5:30 pmKids for Cash Film Screening – Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Angell Reading Room, AUD Library, 10th floor — RSVP HERE.
After the Columbine school shootings, a small-town judge in Pennsylvania decided he’d keep kids in line by any means necessary. Under his reign, 3,000 children were taken from their families and imprisoned, often for years, for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent dared to question the judge’s harsh brand of justice, the judge revealed his ulterior motives. That judge, now in prison, shares his story with the filmmakers.
October 30 – 6-8 pm at SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor – Chiraq and Its Meaning(s): A Release Party – As part of an exhibition at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries titled A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action,Project NIA and Temporary Services are collaborating to create a publication in Publishing Clearing House a makeshift print shop in a 39-by-20-foot space within the gallery.

The publication titled “Chiraq & its Meaning(s)” includes visual and written submissions from youth and adults across Chicago.  Our goal is to document how some Chicagoans are thinking and talking about violence & safety in the city in this historical moment.
Join Project NIA and Temporary Services for the release of the publication on October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Included in the event will be readings, poetry, audio and visual contributions to the project.

We will also have special performances by members of Kuumba Lynx and others.

Date: October 30
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor
RSVP HERE

White Paper: The Latest Triumphs and Challenges in the Quest to Shut Down Chicago’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Oct. 4-11: 40+ Cities Hold National Week of Action to Push Back Against Suspensions & Policing in Schools

Project NIA releases white paper on gains and ongoing challenges in organizing to interrupt school-to-prison pipeline (STPP)

CHICAGO 10/3/14 — For the third time in five years, Project NIA is participating in the Dignity in Schools Campaign’s National Week of Action on School Pushout (October 4-11). As an organization dedicated to juvenile justice, Project NIA works diligently to interrupt school pushout, which is often described as the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

by Sarah Jane Rhee (5/19/14)

by Sarah Jane Rhee (5/19/14)

In 2014, the advocacy and organizing of Project NIA and other local groups, including COFIVOYCE, and Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law (CLC), have achieved major victories in the fight to break this pipeline.  The wins include:

1. An agreement from Chicago Public Schools to regularly provide and publish data about expulsions and suspensions
 
2. The passage of SB 2793, requiring all Illinois schools to collect and publish information about school discipline and to create plans for improvements when needed
 
3. Significant enhanced focus on restorative practices in the Chicago Public Schools Student Code of Conduct, along with increased clarity and specificity in the policy

Today, Project NIA is releasing a white paper authored by Dr. Michelle VanNatta that documents these gains and as well as some ongoing challenges in creating positive futures for Chicago’s children. Paper can be accessed here.

Mariame Kaba, Project NIA’s founding director, said: “We and our colleagues across the city are encouraged by the progress that has been made in the past few months to increase school discipline data transparency and to revise formal policies that focused on punishment over learning. There is still much more work to do and more resources to be allocated for that work. These recent victories are just the beginning.”

Upcoming PIC-Related Events – October 2014

October 8, 6 to 8 pmPushed Out: A Youth-Created Simulation of the School-to-Prison Pipeline (part of the National Week of Action Against School Pushout) SOLD OUT.

October 9, 7 to 9 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street – Creative Resistance in a Prison Nation Monthly Series (Featuring: Project NIA, Storycatchers Theatre, Lucky Pierre)

October 15, 6 pmLGBTQ Student Life’s 2014 OUTober Keynote Speaker Cece McDonald – University of Chicago, Law School Auditorium

Lessons in Self Defense Poster FINAL October 16, 6 to 8:30 pm at Depaul University, at Schmitt Academic Center / Rm. 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue (corner of Kenmore and Belden) — Lessons in Self-Defense: Women’s Prisons, Gendered Violence, and Antiracist Feminisms in the 1970s and ’80s. Join Dr. Emily Thuma who will share her research followed by a conversation with Mariame Kaba. RSVP on Facebook

Emily Thuma is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her teaching and research focus broadly on the cultural and political histories of gender, race, sexuality, and empire in the United States. She is currently completing a book about feminist activism against violence in the context of the politics of crime control, policing, and imprisonment in the U.S. in the 1970s and ’80s.She has also long been active in LGBTQ and feminist anti-violence and prison organizing efforts.

Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA (www.project-nia.org), a grassroots organization with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. Mariame has a long history of anti-violence organizing and education. She has co-founded several organizations including the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women (www.chitaskforce.org), the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (www.rogersparkywat.org). Her current project ‘No Selves to Defend’ examines the criminalization of women of color for invoking self-defense. Mariame runs the blog: Prison Culture where she writes about issues of juvenile justice, prisons, criminalization and transformative justice.

October 16 – 11 to 2 pm COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM ON A CIVILIAN POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY COUNCIL – Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th Street, Chicago, IL

join as police crime survivors, community members and activists assess where we are at and where we need to go in terms of building a broad, united all inclusive front against police crimes and the intensifying drive to turn our country into a police state, that will brutally crush and attempt to destroy all progressive, democratic movements for justice, equality and peace.

October 17 – 8:30-3:30 pmDiscipline in Schools:Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance – Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago. Registration and information HERE

October 21 – 5:30-8 pmWe Charge Genocide Monthly Meeting – email wechargegenocide@gmail.com for details including location.

October 22 – 9 to 11 am at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted. - We Charge Genocide CPD Violence Against Youth of Color Report Release – Join members of We Charge Genocide as they share key findings of their report to the United Nations about Chicago police violence against youth of color — RSVP on Facebook or by email: wechargegenocide@gmail.com

October 22 – 6 pm at 3151 W. Harrison (11th Police District) – Break Down The Wall of Silence: Protest Against Police Brutality -

WCG Moment of Silence Flier

October 30 – 6-8 pm at SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor – Chiraq and Its Meaning(s): A Release Party – As part of an exhibition at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries titled A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action,Project NIA and Temporary Services are collaborating to create a publication in Publishing Clearing House a makeshift print shop in a 39-by-20-foot space within the gallery.

The publication titled “Chiraq & its Meaning(s)” includes visual and written submissions from youth and adults across Chicago.  Our goal is to document how some Chicagoans are thinking and talking about violence & safety in the city in this historical moment.
Join Project NIA and Temporary Services for the release of the publication on October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Included in the event will be readings, poetry, audio and visual contributions to the project.

We will also have special performances by members of Kuumba Lynx and others.

Date: October 30
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor
RSVP HERE

September 26: No Selves to Defend Closing Reception

All good things must come to an end…

Please join us on Friday September 26 from 6 to 8 pm. for the closing reception of the No Selves to Defend exhibition.

No Selves Opening Reception (7/18/14)

No Selves Opening Reception (7/18/14)

September 26
6 to 8 pm
Art in These Times
2040 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor
(space is not wheelchair accessible)

RSVP on FACEBOOK

Read more an interview about the exhibition with co-curator, Mariame Kaba, here.

Pushed Out: An Interactive Youth-Led Experience of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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October 8
6 to 8:30 pm
Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road
Parking is available

As part of the National Week of Action against School Pushout (10/4-11), Project NIA is partnering with Free Street Theater to present a simulation of the school-to-prison pipeline. Free Street youth are creating a series of vignettes that tell a story of the forces that combine to push students out of school.  Through this interactive experience, participants will understand the dynamics of the school-to-prison pipeline and will be invited to share ideas about how to interrupt it.

Space is very limited and only those who officially register through Eventbrite and bring their ticket will be admitted. Register HERE.

This event is made possible through a small grant by the Dignity in Schools Campaign.

For any questions, email projectnia@hotmail.com

Learn more about the 5th annual National Week of Action against School Pushout by watching the video below:

Upcoming PIC-Related Events in Chicago – September

(this continues to be updated as events happen and more are discovered)

Ending September 28No Selves To Defend Exhibition at Art in These Times, 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 USA. 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. Download full listing of all events here (PDF).

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 26, 6 to 8 pm at Art in These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor. Closing reception for No Selves to Defend exhibition.

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.

September 14: No Selves to Defend, No Rights to Respect – A Conversation

No Selves to Defend, No Rights to Respect: Blackness, Violence, and Self-Defense

by Molly Crabapple (2014)

by Molly Crabapple (2014)

This summer has placed a brighter spotlight on police violence with the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and more. In addition, Marlene Pinnock was brutalized on the side of an LA Freeway while Denise Stewart was violently dragged out of her apartment naked by a dozen cops. There have renewed efforts to make clear that #BlackLivesMatter.

These instances of state violence are mirrored in the unjust prosecution of Marissa Alexander, a Florida mother of three who fired a warning shot to save her life and is facing 60 years in prison if convicted.

All of these incidents raise questions about the value of black life in the U.S., self-defense, state violence, the gendered & classed nature of our response, and more.

On the occasion of Marissa Alexander’s birthday, join the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA), the Porch Project at the Hull House Museum, Project NIA, We Charge Genocide and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women for a conversation about these issues.

Sunday, September 14
2 to 4 pm
Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

Refreshments and cake will be provided
FREE to all participants

RSVP on Facebook and/or by emailing freemarissachicago@gmail.com.

September 27: Policing, Violence, Resistance and Alternatives

Policing, Violence, Resistance, and Alternatives:

Saturday September 27, 2014

1 to 4:30 p.m.
Roosevelt University, Spertus Lounge Room 244, 430 S. Michigan Ave
Pre-Registration is HERE.

Suggested Donation sliding scale – $10 to $30 (Funds raised are donated to We Charge Genocide to support a trip to the United Nations Committee on Torture in November). No one is turned away for lack of ability to pay.

by Gordon Parks

by Gordon Parks

This workshop will introduce participants to the work of Chain Reaction, a participatory research and popular education project with the goal of supporting conversations about alternatives to calling police on young people. Driven by our political goal of ending youth incarceration, Chain Reaction volunteers held workshops and recorded audio and video at youth centers and other spaces around the city, including a center for LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing homelessness. Youth told stories about being targeted by police because of their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and age. Their experiences with police often set off a chain reaction that funnels youth into the prison industrial complex, a system that targets people of color, transgender women, and other folks from marginalized groups.

The workshop will provide an overview of a history of policing and police violence. Participants will then learn about the work of Chain Reaction and listen to some of the stories we collected. Through interactive activities and personal storytelling, we will explore what alternatives to calling police exist for those considering relying on police interventions within our communities, and imagine the ideal chain reaction we could set off in response to fear, violence, or harm in our communities. We will also ask what role adult allies can play in promoting alternatives to calling the police on young people and diverting young people from the prison industrial complex.

Finally, Project NIA and the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective have developed several resources (including zines, curricula, and pamphlets) that can be used to foster conversations with youth about policing. We will share these resources with workshop participants.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Please register here (only if you are certain to attend as space is limited).

Suggested Donation sliding scale – $10 to $30 (Funds raised are donated to We Charge Genocide to support a trip to the United Nations Committee on Torture in November).

This workshop is organized by Project NIA and is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Justice and Social Transformation at Roosevelt University and We Charge Genocide.

August 19: The Monument Quilt in Chicago

Join us on August 19 to witness and interact with a historic display of The Monument Quilt in Chicago. The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories of survivors of rape and abuse, alongside messages of love and support from allies in the movement to upset rape culture. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal.

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The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but work together to forever change how America responds to rape. We are building a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.

The Chicago display of the quilt is part of Force:Upsetting Rape Culture’s summer tour across the country https://themonumentquilt.org/public-monument-to-rape-survivors-tours-the-united-states/ to learn more about the tour and how to get involved in the project.

Display Lead Coordinators:
Rape Victim Advocates and Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Supporting Partners
1. Project NIA
2. Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women
3. Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
4. Project&
5. Adrienne Spires
6. Jane M Hussein Saks
7. Chicago Women’s Health Center
8. Affinity Community Services

RSVP on Facebook here

For more information on becoming a supporting partner of the Chicago display, please email events@rapevictimadvocates.org

Upcoming PIC-Related Events in Chicago – August-September

July 18-September 21No Selves To Defend Exhibition at Art in These Times, 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 USA. Details are HERE.

August 13, 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.

August 20, 6 p.m. at Hull House Museum (Porch), 800 S. Halsted St. RE-THINKING & RE-IMAGINING COMMUNITY SAFETY? An Intergenerational and Interactive Discussion. Facebook event page is here.

August 21, 6 pm at ICAH, 226 S. Wabash Ave suite 900, ‘We Charge Genocide: Copwatch Training for Community Members,” Community members are invited to learn about how to more safely monitor and document police violence against Chicago’s young people. RSVP on Facebook here. Details & flier are here.

August 22, 7 p.m. at Wilson Abbey, 935 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640. “Torture Behind Bars: What Can We Do?”
Alan Mills, veteran attorney and an expert in the field of prisoner rights, is the featured speaker. Torture Behind Bars will inform, equip, and mobilize churches and social activists to bring systemic change as well as reach out to individual prisoners. Bring your questions! Admission is FREE. All are invited. Facebook event page is here.

August 27, 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.

August 29, 7 pm at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637 “ATTICA (1974) film screening and discussion” – Facebook event page is here.

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

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