Opportunities in the Week Ahead…

There are several upcoming events and activities that we would like to bring to your attention…

The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is pleased to announce another upcoming Prison Industrial Complex 101 Workshop geared towards participants in Occupy Chicago and others who are interested in learning more about prisons and prison solidarity.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4pm-7pm
Where: The Chicago Freedom School
719 S. State St, Ste. 3N
This space is wheelchair accessible.

Why: To get a basic sense of what the PIC is and why it matters to today’s protest movements.

Who: This event is all ages and open to all. The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is an all-volunteer group that organizes interactive workshops, film screenings, and trainings. We also produce educational materials and resources. We provide opportunities for youth and adults to explore issues related to mass incarceration. We focus on practical steps to inspire, inform, and enable action, and on how to develop workable alternatives. More information can be found HERE.

Please RSVP to chipicteach@gmail.com—space is limited to 25 people.

November 19, 2011, Join Project NIA and the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective at the Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair from 10 to 5 p.m. at Orozco School, 1940 W. 18th Street. The PIC Collective will be offering a workshop about how to discuss prisons with youth from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in room 200.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Project NIA is looking for drivers for Families in Touch! Our goal is to ensure that the young women who are incarcerated at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville have continued support and get regular visits from family members. This initiative seeks to provide support for families to overcome transportation barriers that impede visitation. As a driver you will help keep families in touch
and in doing so help support communities impacted by incarceration.
Project NIA will cover up to $20 of gas costs!

Attend one of the following trainings:
Dec. 3rd from 2:00pm to 4:30pm at 7035 N. Clark in the NIA Peace Room
Jan 14th from 2:00pm to 4:30pm at 7035 N. Clark in the NIA Peace Room
If these dates are not convenient, it is possible to meet another time. Just let us know! For more information about this initiative, contact Tobin Shelton at 303.241.6594 or chicagofamiliesintouch@gmail.com. Click here to download a flier about Families in Touch

Self-Care Days for Incarcerated Girls — December 17 and 18th 2011. Visit the Girl Talk Blog for More Information.

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