Upcoming (Chicago) PIC-Related Events – February 2015

January 28 & February 11 A Threat To Justice Everywhere: From Ferguson to Chicago, Depaul Law School, 25 E. Jackson Lewis building room 803

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January 31-February 6 Build Presence: A Movement Supportive Happening for Racial Justice

Build Presence invites you to participate in a public interactive art project for study, action, and solidarity in support of the growing movement for Black-centered racial justice and an end to police brutality and overall systemic violence.

The event will take place Saturday January 31st and then Tues-Friday noon to 4 pm, in the Cultural Center’s first floor public studio space. Thank you to artist and curator Alexandria Eregbu for opening her studio residency to host this event.

This public installation will be a site where meditative action cultivates presence and embodied knowledge. By providing visitors with various opportunities to educate themselves and act on that knowledge, we hope to foster awareness, empowerment, solidarity, and momentum.

Build Presence is created by a group of feminists who are queer and non queer, women and non women, artists and non artists, of color and non color.

Thursdays and Fridays, January 29th-February 6th — TRACK 13: A playformance for Deonta Mackey. Special performance February 10th. 7pm. Tickets HERE (pay what you can)

In February of 2014, before Ferguson, before Eric Garner, 16-year-old Deonta Mackey mugged an off-duty Cook County sheriff who then shot and killed him. Before police brutality became the focus of national attention, Free Street’s Young Fugitives agreed that black lives matter. Using physical theater and mime, “Track 13” explores youth violence, police brutality and the conditions of both. Young people grow up with meaning projected onto their bodies by society, the media, and the people who live on the block, meanings often based on skin color.

February 1, 11 am to 4 pm — Justice for Stephon: A Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter — starts at Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt. If you plan to join the Freedom Ride, you MUST register HERE.


February 1, 2 pm — Cornel West: “The Radical King” — University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel 5850 S. Woodlawn.
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Annual Public Lecture presents Dr. Cornel West discussing his new book, “The Radical King.”

February 5, 7 pm — 2015 Kent Lecture: Hill Harper, Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street

The State of Black Youth: How We Fare in a System of Brutality and Incarceration

Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best-selling author, and philanthropist. Harper starred on the CBS TV drama CSI: NY from 2004 to 2013. As of March 2013, he joined the USA Network spy drama Covert Affairs. Harper is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and he has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. He is founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs.

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February 7, 10 to 3 pm — Racism, Police Violence, and Health “Teach In” — UIC School of Public Health Building, 1603 W. Taylor St, Auditorium Room 109. Admission is free (organized by Radical Public Health)

“Hands up Don’t shoot” can be heard throughout the world. Over 120 days after the killing of Michael Brown, protestors continue to mobilize as the movement grows. RPH, and MSAPH present a “Teach In”, with community leaders, students and those who have dedicated their time peacefully protesting for social justice on the ground in Ferguson. Come dialogue with us on this Public Health issue. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, breakfast and lunch will be provided!


February 7, 6 to 8 pm — Why Ayotzinapa? – ¿Por Que Ayotzinapa? — 1011 W 18th Street

Foro Comunitario / Community Forum:
Las voces de la rebelión / Voices of the Rebellion

1) Autodefensa comunitaria contra narcos y el gobierno estatal: enfoque en caso de Nestora Salgado, presa política.
2) Aguas ancestrales vs corporaciones transnacionales – La lucha indígena contra la extracción de recursos naturales: enforque en los presos políticos de la comunidad Yaqui
3) La batalla por la costa: Ganancias de empresas transnacionales y la guerra del narco. El narco-estado y beneficios corporativos: puertos, extracción de recursos naturales y el comercio global. (www.semillas.us)

1) Community self-defense against narcos and state government: political prisoners Nestora Salgado
2) Ancestral waters vs transnational corporations – Indigenous struggles against resource extraction: focus on Yaqui political prisoners.
3) The battle for the coast – Transnational profits and the narco wars. The narco-state and corporate profits: ports, resource extraction and global trade. (www.semillas.us)

February 10, 4 to 6:30 pm, Ferguson and its afterlives, University Church, 5655 South University Avenue

What can solidarity, alliance and organization look like in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter? Join activists in discussion! Dinner will be provided. The location is wheelchair accessible.


February 11, 6 pm, Making Connections, Building Alliances to End Police and State Violence, Depaul University, Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) 161, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue


February 12, Noon to 4 pm — Richard Ross: Images of Juvenile Justice — Roosevelt University, Gage Gallery 18 S. Michigan Ave. Register HERE

Richard Ross will be presenting a workshop for Roosevelt University students and other young people in Chicago. He will focus on ways to utilize photography as story telling through which we can create spaces to allow for the often ‘silenced’ voices to be heard.

February 12, 5:30 pm — Stop the School to Prison Pipeline — Fruitvale Station — film screening and discussion with CTU, the Police Accountability Council and Social Justice Initiative — Gallery 400, UIC, 400 S. Peoria St. You must RSVP HERE.

Why do young black men in the Chicago Public Schools get suspended disproportionately and 11 times the expulsion rate of district schools within charter schools? What is the relationship between budget cuts, school closings and the school to prison pipeline? How do racially unjust police practices play out in the school system and what can we do about it?


February 12, 5:30-9 pm, Opening Exhibition Reception: The Forgotten: Chicago Youth Lost to Gun Violence (2011/13), Josef Glimer Gallery, 207 West Superior Street — To RSVP please email lrglenn@thinkincstrategy.com or call 773.704.7246 — Exhibition runs through Friday, February 27, 2015

Uplift Community High School Students’ series of mosaic linoleum relief prints represent the spirits of youth claimed to senseless violence on the streets of Chicago. These prints, presented alongside works by noted Chicago artists, all respond to the horror of the growing youth violence in Chicago.

Inspired by the play The Gospel of Loving Kindness, this exhibition portrays the souls of children murdered in Chicago. Our goal is to honor the memories of a generation too often lost in obscurity. Our hope is to bring their lives, aspirations and dreams to the forefront. Our wish is to call attention to the horror of the war that is taking place almost daily on the streets of Chicago.

February 13-May 9 Try Youth As Adults Photo Exhibition


February 14, 1 to 3 pm — Rally for Reparations: A People’s Hearing, Chicago Temple 77 W. Washington St.

The time is now to pass the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors. Chicago has waited too long to provide meaningful redress for over 110 African American men and women tortured by notorious former Police Commander Jon Burge and his detectives. This racially motivated violence included electric shock, sexual abuse, suffocation, and beatings. The City of Chicago has acknowledged this torture, and the UN has called for redress. Yet scores of survivors still suffer from the ongoing impact of the trauma they endured — without compensation, assistance, or recourse.

The Reparations Ordinance has been stalled in the City Council Finance Committee for over a year. Despite ongoing and repeated requests for a public hearing, Finance Committee Chair Ald Burke has not scheduled a hearing, and Mayor Emanuel has failed to take meaningful steps to move the ordinance forward. Therefore, we, the people of the City of Chicago, are holding a People’s Hearing.

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February 18, 3 to 8 pm — UnWanted: Immigrant Detention-Deportation & Mass Incarceration — UIC Student Services Building, 1200 W Harrison St. — RSVP to Ryan Viloria at rvilor1@uic.edu.

Come to this unique IRRPP screening event to discuss the links between immigrant detention-deportation and mass punishment and incarceration. How does the prison state reinforce injustice related to race, ethnicity and sexual orientation? What are the factors driving persistent injustice against immigrants, women, queer people and people of color?

We will have two simultaneous screenings of “Documented,” about undocumented Americans, and “Out in the Night,” about the New Jersey Four. A panel discussion with dinner between screenings will draw the connections between these forms of state control. Come for one documentary or both but make sure to attend the panel discussion. Panelists include Renata Hill, one of the four women featured in “Out in the Night,” and blair dorosh-walther, director of “Out in the Night.”

3pm- Simultaneous screenings of Documented and Out in The Night
4:45pm- Panel discussion and dinner
6pm- Simultaneous screenings of Documented and Out in The Night.

Documented, by Jose Antonio Vargas
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. http://documentedthefilm.com/trailer

Out in the Night, by blair dorosh-walther
One hot night in August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends are harassed in a gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They defend themselves and a fight ensues. Charged with gang assault and labeled a “Lesbian Wolfpack” in the mainstream media, four of the women begin an emotional and psychological battle as they claim self-defense. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/58462469

February 19, 5:30 to 8 pm – Fruitvale Station Viewing — Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn (organized by NLG Chicago)

February 20, 7pm, They Don’t Give a Damn: The Story of the Failed Chicago Projects

Premiere screening of this vivid and revealing documentary about the demolition and ‘transformation’ of the notorious Chicago housing projects. In 1999, the City of Chicago undertook The Plan for Transformation, a redevelopment agenda that purported to rehabilitate and construct a total of 25,000 new public housing units. The film provides a look at the worldview of the displaced residents: their identity formation, their perceptions of public housing, their thoughts and feelings about redevelopment, their underlying fear of neighborhood gentrification, the cultural myth that perpetuates status value, adult learning, and the implementation of Chicago’s transformative plan.

Based on the book Where Will They Go?: Transforming Public Housing by Dr. Dorothy Appiah, the film was developed by director Kenny Young, producer Phil James, cinematographer Jeffrey T. Brown and producer Karon Hamlet. Screening will be followed by a discussion with the author, the filmmakers, and Audrey Petty (University of Illinois, editor of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing), moderated by Jacqueline Stewart (University of Chicago, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College).

February 21, 1 to 4 pm, American Denial You must RSVP HERE. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington St.

In the wake of recent events that have sparked a national dialogue on race dynamics, American Denial explores the impact of unconscious biases around race and class, using Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism.

Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States’ racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. The film’s unusual narrative sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans. Archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the ’30s and ’40s thread through the story, as well as psychological testing into racial attitudes from research footage, websites, and YouTube films.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM:
Come early to take the Implicit Bias test. Tablets will be provided (courtesy of Chicago Freedom School) and test assistance provided by Chicago Council on Science and Technology. You can also take the test in advance HERE.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM:
Carlee Beth Hawkins of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Project Implicit will lead a presentation and discussion about implicit bias before the film.

How do basic mental processes impact our perception, judgment and action as social beings? In what ways do we develop expectations, beliefs and attitudes about social groups? Could the discovery of our own implicit bias be a starting point towards changing attitudes and behaviors?

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM:
Screening of the film American Denial

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM:
A discussion about racism and implicit bias in the U.S., with David Stovall, Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies and African American Studies at UIC, Ric Wilson, artist and organizer with BYP100 and young leaders from Chicago Freedom School.
Moderator: Brandis Friedman, Correspondent, Chicago Tonight, WTTW

Presented by ITVS and WTTW in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Chicago Freedom School.

February 27, 10 to 3 pm — Young Adults: Moving From Prison to Pathways of Hope – Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, 10th floor Library — Register here.

Please join Mansfield Institute & JJI as they engage in dialogue on a more effective approach for young adults in conflict with the law. They will discuss successful global initiatives, learn about potential community alternatives such as restorative justice as well as possibilities for legislative changes in order to support this population.

Featured Speakers:
Brent J. Cohen, Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Ralph Grunewald, PhD. Professor, Legal Studies Program, University of Wisconsin Madison

February 27, 6 pm , Dandelions in the Concrete: Peaceful Transitions — Depaul University, Cortelyou Commons
2324 N Fremont St, Chicago

Please come join us in celebration and community for one of our favorite evenings of the quarter. Dandelions is an open event that welcomes students, faculty, community members, and their friends and families to create a space that cultivates a sense of transformation and healing for all bodies and people. There will be arts and crafts, food, storytelling, self care practices, and creative performances.

Dandelions is also a night dedicated to relationship building and practices of transformative justice within communities at DePaul and Chicago. AND, it is the perfect opportunity to meet new people!


February 28 — 1 to 4 pm — Caged Streets: An Exploration of the School-to-Prison Pipeline — Loyola University Chicago, 6430 N. Kenmore Ave, Cuneo Hall Room 218 — RSVP by Feb 18 at intransitempowers.org

Youth ages 14-24, Free art workshop, lunch provided.


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