Chicago Transformative Justice Fall Calendar (October-December 2013)

Chicago Transformative Justice Fall Calendar

(October-December 2013)

October 11 – “Reparations On My Soul”: Opening Reception and Conversation – 6 to 9 pm, Art In These Times 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.

A new exhibit by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials at Art In These Times, explores reparations as a meaningful act of redress for over 100 African American men who were systematically tortured by former Commander Jon Burge and other white detectives under his command on the South Side of Chicago. Displaying works by local and national artists that imagine speculative memorials recalling the city’s history of police torture and the struggle against it, this exhibit honors the survivors of torture, their families and the African American communities affected by the torture.

For more information, click HERE.

October 14 – JUSTICE. POWER. RESPECT – 10 to 5 p.m. Clarendon Park, 4501 N. Clarendon, 2nd floor

In celebration of National Youth Justice Awareness month, a number of organizations have gather together to address the harm caused by traumatic interactions with Chicago police, youth criminalization and celebrate our struggle to build justice, power and respect. This event includes workshops, discussion, open mike and other performances. It is FREE with food provided. Youth participation is particularly welcome to attend.

The event Facebook page is HERE.

October 16 – Restorative Justice and Youth Violence in Chicago After Trayvon Martin – 6 pm – Columbia College Conaway Center at 1104 S Wabash Ave

A multidisciplinary program and discussion featuring community activists, and Columbia faculty, staff, and students. The event is FREE.

October 18 – Perspectives From A Life Held Captive, 6-9pm Threewalls Gallery, 119 N. Peoria St.

Join us for a one night event of music, readings and a silent auction to support future projects and classes. Threewalls Gallery is walking distance from the Morgan stop on the Pink and Green Line, and near the Randolph St. exit on 90/94 fwy.

Join the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project for music, readings and a silent auction to support future projects and classes. You can also view an exhibition of creative work from a year of classes and collaborations between free and incarcerated artists, scholars and writers at Stateville Prison.

October 18 – Healing is Not Linear: Healing Internalized Oppression Roundtable – 7 to 9 pm  — Sage Community Room 2514 W. Armitage Suite 205

Join Sage Community Health Collective for a Roundtable Discussion about healing from trauma and the role internalized oppression has on our healing process. Mariame Kaba, Director of Project Nia will facilitate, focusing on questions such as : What are the connections between healing generation trauma, violence in our communities, and internalized oppression? How does it affect our work, family and personal lives? How do we get away from blaming and shaming ourselves throughout the healing process? Participants are invited to come discuss and share stories of how we heal.
Cost: $10-30 sliding scale; no one turned away; Please R.S.V.P to

October 19 — Community Share – Free Healing Event – 2 to 4 p.m. — Family Matters, 7731 N Marshfield (near the Howard stop on the Red Line)

Join Project Nia for a Community Share, free healing event. On October 19 from 2 – 4 pm, various community members will gather at Family Matters in Rogers Park. People are invited to receive free short healing treatments and also to share their own healing skills with others. (You don’t have to share any skills in order to come and enjoy the event — you can simply come to receive). There will be massage, movement therapies, reiki energy healing, hypnosis, yoga and stretching, and ear acupressure, among others.

If you would like to attend for services and/or if you have a skill you would like to share (like active listening, stretching workshop, manicures, etc) please email Michelle at to reserve your spot. People are also encouraged to bring healthy snacks to share, if they’re able. Everyone welcome (until we run out of space!)

October 22 — “Reparations for Torture Survivors?”  — 6-7:30pm, Art in These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee

Last month Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said decades of torture by police officers of African American suspects under former Police Commander Jon Burge was a “dark chapter in the history of the city of Chicago” and a “stain on the city’s reputation.” But has justice been done? What would reparations for Burge’s victims look like? View the new exhibit “Reparations On My Soul” and join the In These Times “Hot Off the Press Party” after this conversation with Flint Taylor, founding partner of the People’s Law Office.

For more information, click HERE.

October 28 – Potluck & Candlelight Vigil for Marissa Alexander – 6 to 8:30 p.m. Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted – Details are HERE.

November 8 – Dandelions in the Concrete: Healing Arts, Creative Interventions — 5 to 8 pm, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus. SAC Pit–2320 N. Kenmore

Join Building Communities, Ending Violence for creative arts as responses to everyday oppression and violence (including transformative justice note card making), mini workshops, and open mic for poetry, spoken word, music, and performance.  And we’ll have refreshments and delicious foods to share! This event is FREE.

November 9 – Explaining Jail & Prison to Children with Incarcerated Loved Ones – 10 to 4 pm, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave

Join us as we discuss the impact(s) of prison on children and address ways to explain it to them. This event is relevant for families with incarcerated loved ones and individuals who work with children of the incarcerated (as educators, caregivers, or service providers).

Registration is at no cost to participants and Pre-registration is required. Click to Register

This event organized by Project NIA and co-sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice & Transformation, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), Lawndale Amachi Mentorship Program (LAMP), Prisoner & Family Ministry Connection (Lutheran Social Service),

November 10 – Film Screening: Natural Life — 3 p.m. Location: Hull House Museum, Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted Street.

This screening is followed by a discussion moderated by Jill Petty with Tirtza Even, artist and filmmaker, Mariame Kaba, Project NIA Director, and Shobha Mahadev, Project Director of the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children. This event is FREE.

November 15 – Picturing A World Without Prisons: An Exhibition – Opening Reception, 6 p.m.  Human Thread Gallery- 1200 W. 35th street, 5th floor (Bridgeport Art Center)

Join Project NIA & Free Write Jail Arts Program for an exhibition that asks everyone to imagine a world without prisons. The exhibition runs from 11/11 to 12/9 at the Human Thread Gallery. Submissions for the exhibition will be accepted until October 15th. Details are HERE.

November 16 – Prison Impact: Roundtable Discussion – 3 pm – LOCATION TBD.

A conversation with movement organizers on working and resisting within a carceral state. This discussion moderated by Erica Meiners features Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Moratorium on Deportations, Evan Lyon (Department of Medicine faculty, University of Chicago), Charity Tolliver (Black Thought, Black Action), Benny Lee (National Alliance for the Empowerment of Formerly Incarcerated People).

A workshop will follow in which attendees will be encouraged to imagine reallocating the State’s nearly $1.3 billion Department of Corrections 2013 budget.

December 4 — The Art of Giving at the HumanThread Gallery in the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th street. 

The Art of Giving is an opportunity to create art while still reflecting, recognizing and remembering the young people incarcerated in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC).  This event will be happening during the powerful Picturing A World Without Prisons: Images, Words, & Sounds exhibit.  We will be screen printing, making cards for youth and other great arts/crafts projects.  All we ask is for a donation of item(s) requested by youth at the JTDC, you can find the list below as well as on the flyer attached.  If you are unable to join us for the event and would still like to donate please feel free to contact Jenine at Please, RSVP at our Eventbrite or on our Facebook Page.

December 5 — Everyday Responses to Everyday Harassment — 6 to 9 pm, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus — (2320 N. Kenmore; take elevators right inside door to 3rd Floor, Levan 308) –  Join Building Bridges, Ending Violence for this strategy session focused on building community accountability for interrupting violence. For further information, contact: This event is FREE.

We will gladly keep adding to this calendar of events so please feel free to email us at with more information.


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