New Exhibition Opening 7/18 – No Selves To Defend: Criminalizing Women of Color

NO SELVES TO DEFEND: CRIMINALIZING WOMEN OF COLOR – July 18 and September 21, 2014 – at Art In These Times

In the words of writer Mychal Denzel Smith, “Marissa Alexander was just trying to save her life” when she was assaulted and threatened (again) by her estranged husband. When she retrieved a gun and fired a warning shot in self-defense, she could not have imagined being convicted and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. Yet we know from history that too often women who protect themselves from unrelenting violence are criminalized.

‘No Selves to Defend’ features the stories of women of color who have been criminalized for self-defense. The exhibition examines the contested meanings and historical and contemporary understandings of self-defense. It seeks to locate Marissa Alexander’s story within a broader historical context and legacy. The exhibition also addresses the campaigns and mobilizations that emerged to resist their criminalization and demand their freedom. Finally, it considers how we can support current survivors of violence who have been criminalized for self-defense.

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The exhibition includes original art by Micah Bazant, Molly Crabapple, Billy Dee, Bianca Diaz, Rachel Galindo, Lex Non Scripta, Caitlin Seidler, and Ariel Springfield. You can find a preview of the art HERE. It also includes ephemera and artifacts from Mariame Kaba’s collection.

The exhibition is organized by Project NIA, Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. It is co-curated by Rachel Caidor and Mariame Kaba.

The exhibition is made possible by generous individual donors who contributed to a summer fundraiser. The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network is co-sponsor of the Opening Reception.

‘No Selves To Defend’ will be accompanied by discussions and other events. Everyone is invited to participate.

Visit Art in These Times – Art ITT is located on the 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

The exhibition is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 10 to 5 p.m.

Group tours will be available on select Saturdays. Please contact projectnia@hotmail.com to schedule a group tour.

Please join us on Friday July 18th from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Opening Reception for No Selves to Defend. RSVP via Facebook Page

May 19: National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth Kickoff March

Please join us and several other Chicago groups on Monday, May 19, at 5pm at Paderewski Elementary School at 2221 S. Lawndale Avenue (a school that was shut down by CPS last year) for an action and march to kick off the 2014 National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth.

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Cell Block by “Mickey” – Lucharte

After sharing some poetry, hearing some speeches from young people, and participating in a symbolic collective action (using padlocks – so bring one or two with you), we will march to the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center on Roosevelt and Ogden (2.5 miles).

Marching from a closed school to the youth detention facility symbolizes our commitment to advocate for better use of public funds; namely more funding for schools and extracurricular activities, jobs and vocational skills development, behavioral and mental health services, community-based alternatives to incarceration, and other restorative justice measures.

Please join us and spread the word to your colleagues, youth, and friends. This timely action and march comes after the United Nations Human Rights Committee recently urged the United States to end the practice of transferring minors to adult court, and the Juvenile Justice Initiative issued its report on the devastating impact of transferring minors to adult court in Cook County.

Co-sponsors of the march include (please let us know if you would like to add your group to the list by emailing Mariame at projectnia@hotmail.com):

Black and Pink – Chicago
Black Youth Project 100 (Chicago Chapter)
Canaan Community Church
Circles and Ciphers
Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce
Chicago Freedom School
Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS)
Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women
Conscious Souls in Action at Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy
Free Spirit Media
Gender JUST
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
HumanThread Center/Gallery for Arts & Education
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
The Immigrant Youth Justice League
International Socialist Organization
Kuumba Lynx
Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
A Long Walk Home
Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration
Occupy Rogers Park
Organized Communities Against Deportations
Overpass Light Brigade Chicago
People Organizing Peace Systems (P.O.P.S) Movement Chicago
Project NIA
Radical Public Health
Revolutionary Poets Brigade
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (Francis W. Parker Chapter)
Sustainable Schools Action Team (Alliance for Climate Education)
Union Solidarity Committee of United Auto Workers Local 551

May 28-30: Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now

The UIC Social Justice Initiative invites you to attend the Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964. There are dozens of scholars, artists and activists participating from around the country. Please email sjiuic@gmail.com with any questions. For a full list of conference sponsors, see HERE.

Project NIA is a proud community partner for this event. We hope to see you at the end of March at Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now!

Space is limited so register HERE TODAY!

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April 29: Join CPS and Project NIA to Discuss School Discipline

Please register HERE (especially if you need childcare).

We also need discussion circle facilitators for this event. If you can volunteer for this, please contact Mariame at projectnia@hotmail.com.

Special thanks to our friends at Alternatives Inc. for hosting this discussion in their space.

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Feel free to download and share the flier (PDF).

April 27: Tulia, Texas Screening and Discussion

Please join us on April 27…

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Watch the film and stay for the panel discussion which will include:

Alex Bahls — Students for A Sensible Drug Policy (University of Chicago Chapter)

Angela Caputo — Chicago Reporter

Jasson Perez — Black Youth Project

Eliza Solowiez — First Defense Legal Aid

You can find information about the entire Injustice For All Film Festival and can register HERE.

April-June 2014: PIC and Criminalization Events (Updated)

April 24, 2014 —  Roosevelt University, 1 p.m. —  A Summit on Counsel for Children During Police Interrogations —  You are invited to examine the impact of the 2008 European Court of Human Rights decision extending counsel to children (and adults) during police interrogations and its implications for children in Illinois, particularly those at risk of adult trial and incarceration. Register HERE.

April 24-May 3, 2014 Injustice For All Film Festival — Across Chicago.

Our screening and discussion of Tulia,Texas is on April 27, 2014. Details are HERE. JOIN US!

April 29, 2014Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Membership Meeting – at Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street #3N, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

April 29, 2014 – Join Chicago Public Schools and Project NIA for a discussion about School Discipline. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alternatives Inc., 4730 N. Sheridan Road. The discussion will focus on CPS’s suspension and expulsion reduction plan. Come hear what their plans are and offer your input and suggestions for change. Register HERE (especially if you need childcare). Free and open to everyone. Food will be provided.

May 1, 2014 — UNFINISHED BUSINESS: The Right To Play Exhibit Opening — 4 to 7 p.m.
FREE, All ages welcome.

Celebrate May Day at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum! Join us for the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, Unfinished Business: The Right to Play, which explores the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought for an eight-hour work day, and suggested that time off from work could create a more just world. On May 1, the museum and courtyard will be bustling with activity: field games, food trucks, DJs, live music, and performances by the Jesse White Tumbling Team and other youth ensembles. Rain or shine, we invite visitors to exercise their right to play!

Exhibit Highlights:

● “Eight Hour” songs: In partnership with the Hideout, the Studs Terkel Festival, and the Logan Center, JAHHM invites five local bands to reimagine labor songs composed by Progressive ­Era activists. Listen to records that feature new and old renditions of the songs.

● Prison Neighborhood Arts Project Collaboration, Freedom and Time: In collaboration with the Prison Neighborhood Arts Project, JAHHM showcases
an animation by incarcerated artists at Stateville Prison. Drawing on PNAP’s distinctive model of teaching and art­making, artists spent a semester exploring freedom, play, and time with teaching artist Damon Locks.

● Another World Is Possible: The eight-­hour workday movement called for “eight hours work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for what we will.” A century later, activists and thinkers continue to imagine ways to structure economies and work that allow all people to experience their full humanity. JAHHM presents four of these models as interactive infographics.

● Freedom Dreams: Activists and community members consider the questions, “What is freedom? When have you felt the most free?” Their responses will hang in the exhibit for visitors to read and contemplate.

● Jolly Romp: Take a swing on a kinetic sculpture by the Stockyard Institute’s Jim Duignan.

● Right to Play Zine: Learn about why Hull-­House reformers thought play was a crucial component of social change and try out some of their favorite games.

May 2, 2014 — American Jails: The Final Frontier for Correctional Reform– 2 to 4:30 p.m. — Discussion featuring Michael Jacobson, Director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, former Director and President of the Vera Institute of Justice, NYC Probation and correction commissioner, and author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration.

Where: Loyola University Chicago, Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor, 25 East Pearson St

RSVP: The event is free, but please RSVP by emailing or calling JHA’s Office Manager Dan Hoffman dhoffman@thejha.org, 312-503-6300.

Over the past two decades, increased attention has been paid to sentencing reform and the incorporation of evidence-based practices in the fields of criminal law and procedures as well as in institutional and community corrections. From revisions in sentencing structures to treatment-focused specialty courts, efforts have been undertaken by states, the federal government, and a wide range of advocacy groups to reduce reliance on prisons and to enhance the quality and effectiveness of community corrections.However, less attention has been paid to the roughly 3,000 U.S. jails, where more than 13 million people cycle in and out of detention annually.

American Jails will feature national and local experts on correctional reform, including Michael Jacobson, David Olson of Loyola University Chicago and John Maki of the John Howard Association. They will provide an overview of reform efforts that have been attempted across the country to reduce the reliance on jails and a discussion of the challenges and issues facing the Cook County Jail, the largest single-site detention facility in the United States.

May 10, 2014 – African American Cultural Center at UIC — 1 to 5 p.m. — Introduction to the PIC 101 — Pre-register HERE.
This 4-hour workshop provides participants with an introductory understanding about the role and impact of prisons in the U.S. Participants will engage in interactive activities that focus on understanding the history and economic underpinnings of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).

Saturday, May 10, 2014
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
African American Cultural Center (Library, 2nd floor)
University of Illinois at Chicago (Addams Hall)
830 S. Halsted
[You actually have to enter the campus to find the building; it's tricky so read the signs on the buildings or ASK FOR DIRECTIONS]

Bring your lunch
This workshop is facilitated by members of the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective.

May 16-17, 2014National Forum on Police Crimes with Angela Davis

May 28-30, 2014Freedom Dreams…Freedom NOW – Join us for an intergenerational interactive gathering of scholars, artists & activists to wrestle with the past and imagine & organize for a better future.Speakers & Participants include: Angela Davis, Julian Bond, Robin D.G.Kelley, Rosa Clemente

June 2-4, 2014Reconnecting The Pathways — A statewide juvenile justice focused conference. Registration is now open and is on a sliding scale.

June 14, 2014 – Columbia College — 1 to 4 p.m., Understanding Prison Abolition 101 — This workshop is facilitated by Project NIA and members of the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective. Details to come. Bring Your Lunch. $10 to $20 sliding scale. Space is limited.

April-June 2014 – PIC and Criminal Legal Events

April 2, 2014 — Roosevelt University, 5:30 p.m. — Victor Rios Discusses his book “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys.” Professor Rios’ book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press 2011) analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban male youth. Register HERE at no cost.

April 2nd, 2014 — Loyola University Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan Rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. — Restorative Justice Forum: Using Restorative Justice Practices to Enhance Public Safety and Reduce Youth Suspensions, Expulsions and Arrests.
Participants will include youth, a high school teacher and principal, restorative justice practitioners, a state’s attorney, a Juvenile Court judge and a local police commander. Kuumba Lynx will perform and food will be provided. Download the flyer HERE.

April 4, 20144th Annual Forum on Drug Policy — Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.
Hear from folks who have been impacted by substance use and the criminal justice system. We will be hosting TWO panels. The first is “Inside and Outside the Walls – perspectives on drug use”. The second can’t miss panel will discuss the lifelong consequences of the marijuana conviction.(Find out why we need to change that and what we can do about it.) Come for the policy, stay for the wine and cheese. Register here at no cost.

April 4-6 — Amnesty International USA’s Human Rights Conference 2014 — Bring Human Rights Home at Amnesty’s 2014 Human Rights Conference and Annual General Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Meet other activists, take direct action, and hear from the leading voices in the human rights movement April 4th-6th at the JW Marriott Hotel.  Register HERE at a cost of $50 to $125.

April 7, 2014 — Depaul University — Symposium: Women in the Prison System
The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday April 7th at 1 E. Jackson Blvd, DePaul Center Room 8005. Lunch will be served. Free.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, DePaul’s Journal of Women, Gender & the Law cordially invites you to the annual Symposium: Women in the Prison System. Join us for this powerful event and hear from attorneys, professionals, those who work in the prison system, and those who have been in the prison system. Learn about issues that face female inmates and possible solutions. More details HERE.

April 12, 2014 — Roosevelt University, 1 p.m. — Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline 101 Join Mariame Kaba, Director of Project NIA, for “Understanding the STPP,” an introductory workshop about the impact of school discipline policies and solutions to dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP). Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of Chicago-specific school discipline data and an overview of how the STPP operates. This is an INTRODUCTORY workshop appropriate for people who do not have much knowledge about the dynamics of the STPP. Register HERE at no cost.

April 12, 2014 — University of Chicago, 2 to 4 p.m. — America’s Most Wanted: Hip Hop, the Media, and the Prison Industrial Complex. — International House, 1414 East 59th Street — FREE.
AMERICA’S MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. From exploring trends in national news coverage to debating narratives that dominate hip-hop music and popular culture, a provocative panel of scholars, activists and artists will consider the ways these industries reinforce the status quo of mass incarceration. This forum will also scrutinize how various corporations beyond media and entertainment fuel what activists deem “the prison industrial complex.” Details on Facebook.

April 19, 2014 — Resisting Abuse, Fighting for Freedom (Details on FACEBOOK)
Film Screening + Letter Drive
at the ribcage – 3036 N Lincoln Ave., #3B in Chicago

Hosted by the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women
4pm-5:30pm: Film Screening of “Sin by Silence”
5:30pm-7pm: Write a Letter in Support of Our Upcoming Clemency Petition (light refreshments, wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided – donations graciously accepted)

***Sin by Silence is a 50-minute film about Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA), a group of survivors in a California women’s prison who organized to free themselves and each other. Read more at http://www.sinbysilence.com/film/

***We regret that this location is up two flights of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

April 24, 2014 —  Roosevelt University, 1 p.m. —  A Summit on Counsel for Children During Police Interrogations —  You are invited to examine the impact of the 2008 European Court of Human Rights decision extending counsel to children (and adults) during police interrogations and its implications for children in Illinois, particularly those at risk of adult trial and incarceration. Register HERE.

May 10, 2014 – African American Cultural Center at UIC — 1 to 5 p.m. — Introduction to the PIC 101 — Pre-register HERE.
This 4-hour workshop provides participants with an introductory understanding about the role and impact of prisons in the U.S. Participants will engage in interactive activities that focus on understanding the history and economic underpinnings of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).

Saturday, May 10, 2014
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
African American Cultural Center (Library, 2nd floor)
University of Illinois at Chicago (Addams Hall)
830 S. Halsted
[You actually have to enter the campus to find the building; it's tricky so read the signs on the buildings or ASK FOR DIRECTIONS]

Bring your lunch
This workshop is facilitated by members of the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective.

May 16-17, 2014National Forum on Police Crimes with Angela Davis

June 14, 2014 – Columbia College — 1 to 4 p.m., Understanding Prison Abolition 101 — This workshop is facilitated by Project NIA and members of the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective. Details to come. Bring Your Lunch. $10 to $20 sliding scale. Space is limited.

March-May 2014: Upcoming Chicago Criminal Punishment-Related Events

March 25, 5:30 p.m.Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Member Meeting: This open meeting is an opportunity for members and other interested individuals to get updates on the case, to share ideas, to learn about upcoming projects. It’s an open meeting and everyone is welcome.

When: Tuesday, March 25
Where: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, #3N
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Info: Please feel free to bring your dinner with you.
RSVP: projectnia@hotmail.com

March 27, 2014Lecture and book signing by Carl Hart, PhD for his book “High Price.”
Roosevelt University, Murray-Green Library | Auditorium Building, 10th floor, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
4:30 p.m. Lecture and discussion; 6 p.m. Book signing and reception
Register HERE.

March 30, 2014 — Hull House Museum 800 S. Halsted, 2 to 5 p.m. — Black and Pink Card-Writing Party — Join us for a celebration of love, life, and resistance. We’ll be writing and sending cards to all 160+ inside members of Black and Pink in Illinois. Whether you’re an old friend of Black and Pink, a pen-pal with an inside member, or someone who is interested in learning more this a great event to get to know our work better and send some love to our incarcerated family. Queer and trans people are less likely to have support networks on the outside, making it even more important that we send our incarcerated LGBTQ family lots of love through the bars. Information is HERE.

March 31, 2014 — Union League Club of Chicago, 8:30 am — The $2 Billion Question: Can Illinois Spend Less on Incarceration and Improve Public Safety: A Symposium on Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform — The purpose of this symposium is to (1) understand the operations and outcomes of the existing criminal justice system and (2) discuss the fiscal and policy decisions facing Illinois in an effort to devise financially sustainable solutions to reduce incarceration and improve public safety. Flier is HERE.

April 2, 2014 — Roosevelt University, 5:30 p.m. — Victor Rios Discusses his book “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys.” Professor Rios’ book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press 2011) analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban male youth. Register HERE at no cost.

April 4, 20144th Annual Forum on Drug Policy — Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.
Hear from folks who have been impacted by substance use and the criminal justice system. We will be hosting TWO panels. The first is “Inside and Outside the Walls – perspectives on drug use”. The second can’t miss panel will discuss the lifelong consequences of the marijuana conviction.(Find out why we need to change that and what we can do about it.) Come for the policy, stay for the wine and cheese. Register here at no cost.

April 4-6 — Amnesty International USA’s Human Rights Conference 2014 — Bring Human Rights Home at Amnesty’s 2014 Human Rights Conference and Annual General Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Meet other activists, take direct action, and hear from the leading voices in the human rights movement April 4th-6th at the JW Marriott Hotel.  Register HERE at a cost of $50 to $125.

April 7, 2014 — Depaul University — Symposium: Women in the Prison System
The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday April 7th at 1 E. Jackson Blvd, DePaul Center Room 8005. Lunch will be served. Free.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, DePaul’s Journal of Women, Gender & the Law cordially invites you to the annual Symposium: Women in the Prison System. Join us for this powerful event and hear from attorneys, professionals, those who work in the prison system, and those who have been in the prison system. Learn about issues that face female inmates and possible solutions. More details HERE.

April 12, 2014 — Roosevelt University, 1 p.m. — Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline 101 Join Mariame Kaba, Director of Project NIA, for “Understanding the STPP,” an introductory workshop about the impact of school discipline policies and solutions to dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP). Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of Chicago-specific school discipline data and an overview of how the STPP operates. This is an INTRODUCTORY workshop appropriate for people who do not have much knowledge about the dynamics of the STPP. Register HERE at no cost.

April 24, 2014 —  Roosevelt University, 1 p.m. —  A Summit on Counsel for Children During Police Interrogations —  You are invited to examine the impact of the 2008 European Court of Human Rights decision extending counsel to children (and adults) during police interrogations and its implications for children in Illinois, particularly those at risk of adult trial and incarceration. Download the flier (PDF) HERE.

May 10, 2014 – African American Cultural Center at UIC — 1 to 5 p.m. — Introduction to the PIC 101 — Pre-register HERE.
This 4-hour workshop provides participants with an introductory understanding about the role and impact of prisons in the U.S. Participants will engage in interactive activities that focus on understanding the history and economic underpinnings of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).

Saturday, May 10, 2014
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
African American Cultural Center (Library, 2nd floor)
University of Illinois at Chicago (Addams Hall)
830 S. Halsted
[You actually have to enter the campus to find the building; it's tricky so read the signs on the buildings or ASK FOR DIRECTIONS]

Bring your lunch
This workshop is facilitated by members of the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective.

May 16-17, 2014National Forum on Police Crimes with Angela Davis

April 12: Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline 101

Pre-Register HERE

The trend of harsh school discipline practices such as suspension, expulsions, and zero tolerance policies in public schools do more to increase student involvement in the criminal punishment system than to correct or curb behavior. Research suggests that when students are suspended or expelled, the likelihood that they will repeat a grade, not graduate, and/or become involved in the juvenile justice system increases significantly. In Chicago, Black students and children with special education needs are suspended and expelled at particularly high rates.

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Join Mariame Kaba, Director of Project NIA, for “Understanding the STPP,” an introductory workshop about the impact of school discipline policies and solutions to dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP). Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of Chicago-specific school discipline data and an overview of how the STPP operates. This is an INTRODUCTORY workshop appropriate for people who do not have much knowledge about the dynamics of the STPP.

For those who are very familiar with the STPP & are looking for curriculum ideas, etc…, visit the Suspension Stories website.

Mariame is co-author of the reports “Policing Chicago Public Schools. She has also co-authored essays about the school-to-prison pipeline as well as restorative justice including: Arresting the Carceral State (with Erica Meiners) and Restorative Justice is Not Enough: School-Based Interventions in the Carceral State (with Hereth, Lewis, and Meiners).

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave, Room 418
Time: 1 to 4:00 p.m.
Info: Bring your lunch. This workshop is at no cost to participants. However space is limited and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED. We also ask that you please be considerate of others who would really like to attend this workshop. DO NOT SIGN UP WITHOUT BEING CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL ATTEND. We really mean this.

Workshop: Teaching About the PIC and the Criminal Legal System

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED for this event and can be accessed HERE.

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Chain Gang by William H Johnson

Join Project NIA on March 22, 2014 for the Release of Our New Curriculum Guide by Dr. Michelle VanNatta, “Teaching about the Prison Industrial Complex and Criminal Legal System: Exercises, Simulations, Resources, and Discussion Ideas.” Michelle will lead an interactive based on some of the activities featured in the guide.

This curriculum guide offers ideas for exercises that can be adapted, shared, and transformed to meet the needs of different groups. These activities are offered as potential tools in the hopes they may be useful in sparking discussion and in the development of more curricula.

Teaching about the Prison Industrial Complex and Criminal Legal System” is in no way meant to provide a comprehensive look at issues in the prison industrial complex or criminal legal system. This is not a systematically developed, integrated group of exercises intended to provide a thorough view and analysis of all the critical issues about the prison industrial complex that communities, students, and activists need to learn about. Rather, it’s a set of tools intended to be adapted and integrated into curricula, popular education, or training efforts by teachers, organizers, and community builders.

Participants will learn about the content of the guide and will get some hands-on practice using some of the activities featured.  A digital version of the guide will be available to interested individuals and information will be provided about how to access this. In addition, hard copies of the curriculum guide will be available for a suggested donation of $25.

When: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Time: 1 to 4 p.m. [Bring Your Lunch]

Location: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Room 320

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Please only register is you are SURE that you will be attending the event. Space is limited.

This event is at no cost to participants but hard copies of the curriculum will be available for a suggested donation of $25.

 

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