Upcoming PIC-Related Events in Chicago – July-August (Updated)

by Molly Crabapple

by Molly Crabapple

July 18-September 21No Selves To Defend Exhibition at Art in These Times, 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 USA. Details are HERE.

July 23, 6-9 p.m. at 914 N. California – Black and Pink Chicago – Orientation and Info-Session for New Volunteers. Facebook event page is here.

Interested in Black & Pink? Want to find out how to get more involved?

Join Black and Pink for a workshop on the prison industrial complex and how LGBTQ people are impacted, followed by an info-session on Black and Pink: Chicago’s current projects and how to get involved. We’re hoping to have lots of new volunteers join our work! This is a great event for anyone new to thinking about these issues, or who’s been wondering how to plug in.

At this event, you’ll have a chance to speak with current Black & Pink: Chicago organizers about our different working groups and projects (such as becoming a pen pal, reading and responding to mail from inside members, supporting free-world pen pals, and political education).

July 23, 6 to 8 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street.
Policing Black Youth: A Teach-In on Chicago’s “Grass Gap”. Facebook event page is here.

The Black Youth Project 100’s Chicago Chapters hosts a teach-in about the racialized system of policing and criminalization in Chicago. The “grass gap” is a term that refers to the racially discriminate system of policing marijuana use. Numerous studies have shown us that people of all races and in all kinds of communities use marijuana at about the same rate. However, Black people and communities bear the brunt of policing and incarceration due to possession of marijuana. In Chicago, the ratio of Black to white marijuana arrests is 15 to 1. Join us to learn more about this particular aspect of a system of mass criminalization and imprisonment, about BYP100’s national campaign to end the criminalization of Black youth, and about our local organizing here in Chicago.

This event is in partnership with the Porch Project of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and is free & open to the public.

July 24, 6 to 7:30 pmCommunity Prayer Vigil for those in Prison or Detention Centers

On Thursday Join folks for a Community Prayer Vigil for those in Prison or Detention Centers
Where: Lot between Bridgeport Homes and Police Station
When: Thursday, July 24, 6pm – 7:30
Why: Bring the community together around an issue that often causes shame. Fight the shame with blessing and prayer Give Hope. Put hope into action. Mobilize the community to fight against mass incarceration – through organizing and direct action.
How: Bring names and photos of loved ones imprisoned or detained. Bring candles or use one of ours. Wear white. Invite friends. Listen, speak, sing, and pray.

If you are interested in helping plan, call Pastor Tom at First Trinity – 312.842.7390. Or email pastor@firsttrinitychicago.com.

July 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 2700 W. Wilcox Street, Chicago – Reclaim Campaign Public Meeting with Chief Judge Evans
Public meeting at which Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans will commit to the goals of the Reclaim Campaign to prevent violence by reducing the population of the Cook County Jail through increased restorative justice and mental health diversions.

Register to attend this meeting here.

July 25, 5:30 p.m.: Sticks and Stones and Stories – Storytelling for Self and Survival. Storytelling to fight back. Storytelling in Solidarity
The more we are injured by oppressive institutions and trauma in our lives, the more we are identified by the stories told about us, and not the stories we share about ourselves. This event is about sharing personal experiences of forcible displacement. That can happen through incarceration, deportation, detention, eviction, or other systems that exist to confine us to a single identity: criminal, unfit, illegal, homeless, invisible. We can fight that violence against us. We can share something about our lives and how we see ourselves, and find love and support in the process. That solidarity makes us infinitely more powerful, unstoppable, and ready to fight back! Join us.

What: Story Sharing Event plus Dinner
Where: 114 N Aberdeen, Chicago
When: Friday, July 25, 5:30 pm

This event is co-organized by Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, Black on Both Sides, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration. Contact Holly for more info: 630-258-8552, holly.krig@gmail.com

July 25 – 6 to 8 pmThe War on Drugs: The impact on Austin past, present and future, 5820 West Chicago Ave.Facebook page is here.

Join your neighbors on Friday, July 25th from 6pm-8pm for a community discussion and talk back on the impact of the drug war in Austin. This event is hosted by the Westside Writing Project and the Social Justice News Nexus, a journalism project at Medill at Northwestern University. Both have been documenting how drugs and the war on drugs have impacted Austin.

We will explore the history of the so-called “drug war” in Austin, youth perspectives on drugs, and how the community is responding. Come with your opinions and your voices. This event is also the premiere of a mini documentary exploring two blocks near the Laramie El stop filmed by SJNN fellow Ahmed Hamad. Refreshments will be served.

July 26, 2 p.m. at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637, Theater East: A Community Gathering and Rally in Support of Marissa in solidarity with Stand Our Ground Week of Action. We invite all community members to join us in song, performance, poetry and more. This is a family-friendly event. Facebook event page Here.

July 27, 2 p.m. at Hull House Museum Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Screening and Discussion of 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story. Followed by a visit to an exhibition of art by incarcerated youth.

Join us on Sunday July 27th at 2 p.m. as we screen the new documentary “15 to Life” (http://15tolifethefilm.com/) at the Hull House Museum (800 S. Halsted St).

15 to Life follows Kenneth Young, a man in his twenties who received four consecutive life sentences after being convicted of armed robbery at the age of 15. The film follows the Supreme Court trial that could free him from his sentence, or sentence him to a life in prison.

For over a decade Kenneth believed he would die behind bars, until in 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled life without parole sentences for children who haven’t killed unconstitutional. In Tampa, Florida we follow Kenneth Young’s legal battle for release. Recruited by his mother’s crack dealer to rob hotels, Kenneth needs to prove that he is rehabilitated and that the judge who sentenced him to life was wrong to throw away the key.

The screening will be followed by audience discussion at the Chicago Art Department in Pilsen where we will view The Artists Will…Not Be Present — Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy Program’s annual exhibition of student writing and art which is on display.

The event is free but RSVP is required at projectnia@hotmail.com.

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. It is organized by Project NIA and co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum and Free Write Jail Arts Program.

All details are in this flier.

July 30, 6 p.m. at United Church of Rogers Park
1545 W. Morse Avenue, Circles & Ciphers Community Peace Circle – Join Circles and Ciphers for a bi-weekly community peace circles and in our efforts to make Rogers Park a Restorative Neighborhood.

August 2, Noon to 5 p.m. at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Congress Lounge (2nd floor). “We Charge Genocide:” Youth Hearing About Police Violence.


August 4, 6 to 8 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street. Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors: A Teach-In – see Facebook page here.

Honor and demand justice for survivors tortured at the hand of former Commander Jon Burge and his “midnight crew.”

Come to this teach-in to learn more about the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors and how to effectively lobby the Chicago City Council for its passage.

The Reparations Ordinance would provide financial compensation, psychological counseling, vocational training, a formal apology and more for torture survivors and their families.

Read the ordinance here.

This teach-in is sponsored by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and Amnesty International.

August 22, 7 p.m. at Wilson Abbey, 935 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640. “Torture Behind Bars: What Can We Do?”
Alan Mills, veteran attorney and an expert in the field of prisoner rights, is the featured speaker. Torture Behind Bars will inform, equip, and mobilize churches and social activists to bring systemic change as well as reach out to individual prisoners. Bring your questions! Admission is FREE. All are invited. Facebook event page is here.


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