The following are some events happening in Chicago that are focused on the PIC. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to include your event on the calendar.
February 13-May 9 - Try Youth As Adults Photo Exhibition –
Until April 11th — Crime Then & Now: Through the Lens of the Chicago Tribune – Roosevelt University, Gage Gallery 18 S. Michigan Ave
The spring show at the Roosevelt University Gage Gallery is Crime Then and Now: Through the Lens of the Chicago Tribune. Compelling photos related to crime in Chicago since the 1920s are on display for the first time at the Gage Gallery as part of the ongoing series, Above the Fold: 10 Decades of Chicago Photojournalism. The show tells the story of crime photography and how it has changed over the decades through 65 Chicago Tribune photos from the early 1920s through the present. The show is co-curated by Chicago Tribune picture editor Michael Zajakowski and the Gage Gallery’s Tyra Robertson. The show runs through April 11, 2015.
Join your community for a Rest in Peace March from Rosehill Cemetery to the nearest Chicago Police Department. This procession is safe for all ages and each person stands up for black people needlessly killed by police. The Rest in Peace March is a symbolic walk of the dead back to the hands of their killers and we ask that everyone wear black in mourning. Peace signs, flowers, and music are welcome. We will take our prayers to the doors of the police. R.I.P.
Western Ave & Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago Police Department
5400 N Lincoln Ave
March 1, 4 pm — Black + Pink Pen Pal Orientation — UIC
Hello current and prospective pen pals! Black + Pink Chicago is hosting a pen pal orientation to talk about pen palship, the Prison Industrial Complex and our Abolitionist framework and also to match new pen pals and write first letters!
All present pen pals are warmly welcome and encouraged to attend! There will be something to learn and share for everyone. If you are a current pen pal and you have something (e.g., words, artwork) from your inside pen pal that they’d like to share, please let us know.
March 2, 6 pm — Reparations Not Black Sites: Rally for the Run Off — Daley Plaza
Jon Burge began his parole on February 13, and will collect a city pension. The city spent $20 million dollars defending a torturer who will now live out his days in sunny Florida, at our expense. And yet his victims go uncompensated. Rahm didn’t think he would have to answer to them, or anyone else he has harmed, because of his multi-million dollar war chest. Now he knows better. Lets remind him that a mayor is always answerable to the people.
March 4, Noon-1:30 pm — Gender in the City: Street Harassment & Safety — 400 S. Peoria, Lunch Provided, FREE.
March 5, Noon to 2 pm — Justice not Homan, Shut the Torture House Down 3379 W Fillmore St. Chicago, IL
We are outraged by the existence of the notorious Homan Square facility, where Chicago police illegally hold civilians, torture, intimidate and deny them their rights! We clearly understand that the Homan Square facility would not exist without the complicity and protection of Mayor Emanuel and Anita Alvarez, Illinois Cook Co District Attorney. We demand Homan be shut down now!
Contact: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression (312) 513-3795 email@example.com
March 5, 5:30 pm — Restoring Justice – Film Screening & Community Discussion, North Lawndale College Prep – Collins Campus, 1313 S. Sacramento Avenue — RSVP HERE.
Join The School Project, Free Spirit Media, and Ebony.com
for a community discussion and film screening of The School Project: Restoring Justice
6:00pm Film Screening and Community Discussion including panelists:
Mariame Kaba, Project NIA and Karen VanAusdel, Chicago Public Schools Office of Social & Emotional Learning
Light refreshments will be available. Event is free and open to the public.
About Restoring Justice:
The School Project’s third segment, Restoring Justice, young documentary filmmakers from Free Spirit Media explore the impacts of discipline policies on students, school communities, and society. Historically, excessively punitive policies have served to push allegedly disruptive students out of class and school and have fueled the school to prison pipeline (a term that illustrates the severity of the issues). The film that this event centers around examines the movement toward more youth-centered, restorative justice practices, which began as a grass-roots effort and have subsequently been adopted to district leadership.
March 6 and 7, 7 pm — Stand Our Ground — Northwestern University, Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston IL
Recent court decisions have garnered national attention and reveal how racism and patriarchy configure the criminal (in)justice system. Stand Our Ground uses imagery, movement and voice to explore the dynamics of race and gender in the legal proceedings and media discourse around the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida. The performance creates awareness of how this legal debate intersects with race, gender and sexual violence in order to question what it means for women of color to stand our ground and exercise self-defense.
Directed by Meiver De la Cruz.
With: Mika Muñoz, Alia Idiomatic Jhane, Anurag Lahiri
Free and open to the public.
CTA to Davis / Foster.
March 8, 6 pm — International Women’s Day with Rasmea Odeh — U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.
March 8, International Women’s Day, born of the struggle of working women, of immigrants, in New York 100 years ago – is a day of celebration and resistance. There can be no more fitting way to mark the occasion than to revisit the past struggles and victories won, in order to continue to build the struggle for women’s liberation.
We’ll have as our special guest Rasmea Odeh. Her courage and strength as she faces ongoing persecution by the U.S. Dept. of Justice has made her a symbol of Palestinian women’s resistance, and of women in the struggles for national liberation all over the world.
Sponsored by Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, the American Party of Labor, and Anakbayan
March 10, 4 pm – Chicago Police Torture Teach In: Burge and Beyond — Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.
March 11, 8 pm – Women to Celebrate – 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd
In honor of Women’s History month, We Charge Genocide will be hosting an event celebrating women who have made significant contributions to Chicago’s organizing communities in the last year. This year’s “Women to Celebrate” event will focus on women whose work challenges state violence, in all its forms. This includes women whose work is focused on ending police brutality, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and pushing back against criminalization.
March 14, 2 pm — The Homestretch Screening and Resource Fair
The Homestretch follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future. Each of these smart, resilient teenagers – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – challenge stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while coping with the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film explores their plights within the larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
This free screening will be followed by a discussion and a resource fair, with local organizations that are tackling the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness. The Resource Fair features activities, performances and more.
March 18, 6 pm – Talking About Injustice: A Free Community Conversation in Chicago with Bryan Stevenson — Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University School of Law
Join Facing History for a free Community Conversation with Bryan Stevenson, attorney, human rights activist, and author of “Just Mercy.” Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a leader of the movement to fight mass incarceration in the United States. His electrifying TED talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed nearly two million times.
As part of Facing History’s national series of Community Conversations, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, this event is free and open to the public, but you must register HERE to attend.
March 19, 4 pm — No Selves to Defend: Criminalizing Women of Color For Self-Defense, Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan Avenue, Collins Hall, Room 602
Mariame Kaba will be discussing “No Selves to Defend,” an exhibition that she organized and co-curated, that features the stories of women of color who have been criminalized for self-defense. The exhibition also addresses the campaigns and mobilizations that emerged to resist their criminalization and demand their freedom. “No Selves to Defend” explores the intersection of gender justice, racial justice and mass incarceration. Mariame will address how she uses cultural work in her anti-prison organizing by focusing on her work with the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA). Time permitting, she will also share the example of Black/Inside, an exhibition that she organized and co-curated about the history of black captivity and freedom in 2012.
March 21, 1 pm — Rally for Rekia & All of Our Sisters — Douglas Park
Please join the family of Rekia Boyd in celebrating her life, grieving her murder, and demanding NEVER AGAIN.
Please meet FURIE and allies in Douglas Park at 15th & Albany promptly at 1pm for a rally and speak out. It will have been three years since Rekia was murdered. Rekia Boyd was only 22 when she was shot in the back of the head and killed by an off-duty Chicago police detective.
March 25, 7:30 pm — Writing Lives: Books Beyond the Prison Bars — Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
Join Chicago Books to Women in Prison along with authors Crystal Laura and Maya Schenwar for readings from their recent and acclaimed books, and for conversation with all of us on making vital connections behind bars, prison issues and more at this special event.
March 26, 12:30 to 2 pm — Matthew Freeman Lecture. Carlos Javier Ortiz: Images of the Aftermath of Violence on our Communities — Roosevelt University, Sullivan Room, 430 South Michigan Avenue — RSVP HERE
Award winning and critically acclaimed photographer, Carlos Javier Ortiz, will discuss the importance of art as activism, his most recent photo documentary work, “We All We Got.”
March 26-29 — Incite! Color of Violence 4 Conference, Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities
This gathering will mark INCITE!’s fifteen years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns, and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people of color, and our communities.
COV4 will highlight emerging strategies and new frameworks that focus on ending violence without relying on policing, mass incarceration, restrictive legislation, and other systems of violence and control.
March 28, 1:30-4:30 pm — Understanding the IL Juvenile Justice System – Pre-registration is REQUIRED to attend.
Join us on Saturday March 28 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm for the workshop “Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Justice System: the Basics.” This introductory workshop will provide basic information about the points of contact for youth with the juvenile justice system as well as information about rights that young people have in the system. The workshop is appropriate for community members, parents, educators, young people, and organizers who have minimal knowledge about the juvenile justice system.