April-June 2014: PIC and Criminalization Events (Updated)

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.

April 24-May 3, 2014 Injustice For All Film Festival — Across Chicago.

Our screening and discussion of Tulia,Texas is on April 27, 2014. Details are HERE. JOIN US!

April 29, 2014Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander Membership Meeting – at Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street #3N, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

April 29, 2014 – Join Chicago Public Schools and Project NIA for a discussion about School Discipline. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alternatives Inc., 4730 N. Sheridan Road. The discussion will focus on CPS’s suspension and expulsion reduction plan. Come hear what their plans are and offer your input and suggestions for change. Register HERE (especially if you need childcare). Free and open to everyone. Food will be provided.

May 1, 2014 — UNFINISHED BUSINESS: The Right To Play Exhibit Opening — 4 to 7 p.m.
FREE, All ages welcome.

Celebrate May Day at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum! Join us for the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, Unfinished Business: The Right to Play, which explores the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought for an eight-hour work day, and suggested that time off from work could create a more just world. On May 1, the museum and courtyard will be bustling with activity: field games, food trucks, DJs, live music, and performances by the Jesse White Tumbling Team and other youth ensembles. Rain or shine, we invite visitors to exercise their right to play!

Exhibit Highlights:

● “Eight Hour” songs: In partnership with the Hideout, the Studs Terkel Festival, and the Logan Center, JAHHM invites five local bands to reimagine labor songs composed by Progressive ­Era activists. Listen to records that feature new and old renditions of the songs.

● Prison Neighborhood Arts Project Collaboration, Freedom and Time: In collaboration with the Prison Neighborhood Arts Project, JAHHM showcases
an animation by incarcerated artists at Stateville Prison. Drawing on PNAP’s distinctive model of teaching and art­making, artists spent a semester exploring freedom, play, and time with teaching artist Damon Locks.

● Another World Is Possible: The eight-­hour workday movement called for “eight hours work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for what we will.” A century later, activists and thinkers continue to imagine ways to structure economies and work that allow all people to experience their full humanity. JAHHM presents four of these models as interactive infographics.

● Freedom Dreams: Activists and community members consider the questions, “What is freedom? When have you felt the most free?” Their responses will hang in the exhibit for visitors to read and contemplate.

● Jolly Romp: Take a swing on a kinetic sculpture by the Stockyard Institute’s Jim Duignan.

● Right to Play Zine: Learn about why Hull-­House reformers thought play was a crucial component of social change and try out some of their favorite games.

May 2, 2014 — American Jails: The Final Frontier for Correctional Reform– 2 to 4:30 p.m. — Discussion featuring Michael Jacobson, Director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, former Director and President of the Vera Institute of Justice, NYC Probation and correction commissioner, and author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration.

Where: Loyola University Chicago, Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor, 25 East Pearson St

RSVP: The event is free, but please RSVP by emailing or calling JHA’s Office Manager Dan Hoffman dhoffman@thejha.org, 312-503-6300.

Over the past two decades, increased attention has been paid to sentencing reform and the incorporation of evidence-based practices in the fields of criminal law and procedures as well as in institutional and community corrections. From revisions in sentencing structures to treatment-focused specialty courts, efforts have been undertaken by states, the federal government, and a wide range of advocacy groups to reduce reliance on prisons and to enhance the quality and effectiveness of community corrections.However, less attention has been paid to the roughly 3,000 U.S. jails, where more than 13 million people cycle in and out of detention annually.

American Jails will feature national and local experts on correctional reform, including Michael Jacobson, David Olson of Loyola University Chicago and John Maki of the John Howard Association. They will provide an overview of reform efforts that have been attempted across the country to reduce the reliance on jails and a discussion of the challenges and issues facing the Cook County Jail, the largest single-site detention facility in the United States.

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, 2014National Forum on Police Crimes with Angela Davis

May 28-30, 2014Freedom Dreams…Freedom NOW – Join us for an intergenerational interactive gathering of scholars, artists & activists to wrestle with the past and imagine & organize for a better future.Speakers & Participants include: Angela Davis, Julian Bond, Robin D.G.Kelley, Rosa Clemente

June 2-4, 2014Reconnecting The Pathways — A statewide juvenile justice focused conference. Registration is now open and is on a sliding scale.

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.


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