WED July 17 | 7-9:30 PM
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall (1st Floor)
915 E. 60th Street (at Drexel)
(Green Line Cottage Grove/63rd stop)
Free. Please share with youth and adults communities.
Facilitated by Prudence Brown and Danton Floyd. Speakers include Malcolm X College Professor Abra Johnson, author and writer for The Gaurdian, Gary Younge.
- What has been the role of mainstream media in framing or distorting the case?
- How does this case fit into the larger frame of the growing prison industry, criminalization of Black and Brown youth, and the escalating problem of gun violence?
- What are the lessons about the mechanisms of change or the limits of certain mechanisms for change – how effective are mass pressure/ mobilization? Petitions? Art? The court system? Social media?
- What would “justice” look like in this case, especially given there is such widespread criticism of incarceration as a solution? How do prison abolitionists respond to the George Zimmerman trial?
Additionally we will collectively explore the implications of the Martin murder and Zimmerman acquittal in light of the ongoing crises of violence, school closings and deteriorating life chances for Black and Brown youth in Chicago.
This will be an interactive teach-in with resources and information provided in multiple formats.
Co-conveners: Charity Tolliver, Lisa Brock, Tracye Matthews, Cathy Cohen, Jasson Perez, David Stovall, Barbara Ransby, Danton Floyd, Mia Henry, Asha Ransby-Sporn, Mariame Kaba, FM Supreme, Alice Kim, Rev. Janette Wilson, Kevin Coval, Isis Ferguson, Lisa Yun Lee, Touissaint Losier, Deana Lewis, Lynette Jackson, James Thindwa, Martha Biondi, Fresco Steez.