November 14, 2-4 pm — SJP-Columbia and Chicago Faith Coalition, http://www.chicagofaith.org. invite you to: Kick Off Campaign for No Way To Treat A Child – Featuring co-founders of Military Court Watch, Gerard Horton – International lawyer, and Salwa Duaibis, Women’s Centre For Legal Aid and Counseling, from Ramallah, West Bank
Documentary Screening: “Block by Block,” showing life on the West Side of Chicago, by Palestinian filmmaker, Ahmed Hamad
Join us for a discussion of the systematic injustice Palestinian children face on a daily basis by the Israeli military and police; and the injustice Chicago youth of color experience at the hands of police here.
When: Friday, November 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Conway Center, Chicago.
Contact: Military Detention, No Way To Treat A Child Campaign, NWTTCC, Chicago Faith Coalition, http://www.chicagofaithcoalition.org; Paula Roderick, mobile 312-342-0575
November 15, 12:30 to 4 pm, P IS FOR POWER #3: PanoptiCAN’t : genealogies of surveillance and revolutionary socio-spatial alternatives to opression – at La Catrina Cafe, 1011 W 18th St, Chicago
What is architecture’s place in the mediation between individual experiences of power and systemic interjections of it? The contemporary spatial models for jails, especially in Cook County, have been modeled upon failed iterations of Bentham’s Panopticon, evolving into even more pervasive modes of surveillance today. This New Normal exists within jail interiors, exterior facades, and natural landscapes. The oppressive forms they take include: a lack of differentiation between spatial/natural elements; fluorescent lighting as a tool to confuse the body; few chances for private moments; square footage as a litmus to ‘humane’ minimums; and physical separation as a direct challenge to emotional interaction between inmates and others. This workshop will (1) discuss genealogies of oppression through the lens of surveillance and (2) establish a dialogue of revolutionary socio-spatial alternatives to these power playsthat will fundamentally challenge not only existing models of jails like Cook County, but also their necessity entirely.
Led by Andrew Santa Lucia and Angelo Santa Lucia. RSVP HERE.
November 15, 4-6 pm: Disability Incarcerated Book Event — Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.
In this event, celebrating the publication of the anthology Disability Incarcerated Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada, editors Liat Ben-Moshe and Chris Chapman and contributor Mansha Mirza will discuss different aspects of the interface between disability and mass confinement. They will also highlight how such analysis is inseparable from racism, colonialism, global geopolitics, and capitalism. Following their talks, they will facilitate a conversation amongst attendees about how these analyses might impact their own work, and how we can build toward a non-carceral future.
CART (on site captioning) and refreshments provided. Books will be on sale. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Co sponsored by Access Living, The UIC Department of Disability and Human Development, UIC Department of Occupational Therapy and the UIC Disability Resource center.
November 15 6-9pm: The Material that Went to Make Me
You are invited to an exhibition opening and auction of original works at:
South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
November 16, 3 pm — Book Launch — Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar (CAFMA Member) – The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. RSVP on Facebook
Join us for the launch of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better! Maya will read from her book and discuss the impacts of prison on families and communities–and how people around the country are taking action to create a world beyond prison.
Royalties from launch book sales will generously go to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.
November 17, 6 to 8 pm — Bridging the Divide —
You are invited to a special presentation and dynamic discussion about Bridging the Divide. Bridging the Divide is a creative dialogue project that increases understanding between young people, law enforcement officials, and other community members. Over the summer and early fall of this year, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago partnered with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to provide training in conversational methods, such as cafes and peace circles, and to implement these methods at the District level.
Through this partnership, the YMCA and CPD developed a toolkit that can be used by other organizations to help improve youth and police relationships in their communities.
Monday, November 17, 6-8 p.m. | Discussion begins at 6:45 p.m.
YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention
1608 W. 21st Place, Chicago, IL
RSVP to Ryan Hollon by Thursday, November 13, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees will receive the toolkit, which includes:
A story album featuring the voices of both Chicago youth and Chicago Police Officers
A question deck that offers a flexible curriculum for community conversations
A poster series that helps expand basic ideas about community safety
Nov. 22, 3-5pm: In a Different Era: Prison and the Black Arts Movement More details here
In the 1970s, artists in the Black Arts Movement and others taught in Illinois prisons through existing State programs and with the support of outside institutions, such as colleges and museums. Many local artists taught or performed in Illinois State Prisons. Join us for a conversation with some of these artists to discuss the legacies of their work and the implications for our current prison nation.
Panelists include: Phil Cohran, musician and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and founder of the Affro-Arts Theater; Preston Jackson, sculptor and Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Masequa Myers, performer, producer and Director of the South Side Community Art Center; Useni Perkins, poet, playwright and author of “Home Is A Dirty Street: The Social Oppression of Black Children”; Nathan Wright, Executive Director of the Etiquette Foundation of Illinois and formerly incarcerated artist.
November 23, 7 pm — Film Screening: Control — Arnold J Damen Student Center Cinema, Loyola University Chicago – 6511 North Sheridan Road
CONTROL is documentary about the stunning way that the criminal justice system can simply drift into a teen’s life, casually threatening to undo a family’s decades of hard work and planning. In most ways, Luther (sometimes “Mouse”) is a normal teen – snarkily commenting about his dad’s cooking and overly-confident about his ability to handle himself with the troubles he faces. In many other ways, he has had a rough go of it. He had to help raise his brothers while they moved in and out of foster homes. Both his mother and father have spent time in jail. His mother tells her story of ardently working to get her kids back with confidence and grit. She’s similarly clear-eyed about Luther and the challenges he’s facing. The film opens with a bold assertion of its cinematic and journalistic point-of-view. You jump right into a loud, overlapping argument in Luther’s echoey bedroom among his friends, with Luther giving the film’s back-story (he was picked up after checking in on a fight he wasn’t involved in) while his friends gently mock him for getting picked up. The film drops you right into Luther’s life, and doesn’t give you too many traditional documentary conceits to hold on to. It’s a powerful film of deceiving simplicity about indifferently destructive forces in civil institutions and one young man’s attempts to avoid too-common ensnarements.
November 24, 6:30 pm – Chicago Free Marissa Solidarity Action — Chicago Cultural Center
Join the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander and The Chicago Light Brigade for an action in solidarity with Marissa Alexander. This light action is taking place just a few days before jury selection begins (December 1) in Marissa’s retrial. RSVP on Facebook.
Chicagoans have contributed funds, organized teach-ins and devoted countless volunteer hours to support Marissa and her legal defense. We invite you to join us in the final days before her retrial to show your support and to share community with others.
Bring a poem about domestic violence and/or incarceration to share and read.
Spread the word to others. Speak out about domestic violence and mass incarceration.
When: November 24
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Chicago Cultural Center (front steps), 78 East Washington Street.
Co-sponsored by Project NIA and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women