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, 2014 — 4th 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, 2014 — National 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.