BUILDING PEACE AND JUSTICE SERIES
About the Building Peace and Justice Series:
To understand and seek solutions for the interpersonal and structural violence that is plaguing Chicago and its residents, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum has committed to host a series of public conversations and activities grappling with peace-building and violence.
Individuals, organizations, informal groups, anti-violence practitioners, artists and scholars from across the city are currently examining the root causes of interpersonal, institutional and community violence. Hull-House Museum will serve as a convening space for the public to explore trauma, healing, civic responsibility and innovative frameworks that seek to create the conditions for peace and more justice.
The museum will post events, taking place both at Hull-House and other venues, that engage with the themes of restorative justice, peacemaking, mass incarceration, and violence (interpersonal and structural.)
This peace and justice series continues the legacy of Jane Addams, the first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. The community partners organizing the peace and justice events have long-standing commitments to anti-violence work and are instrumental in exploring paths of peace-building in Chicago.
This series is co-sponsored by the UIC Social Justice Initiative. The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC is a campus-wide project that grew out of several streams of activity and discussion. Begun as a collective effort in 2010 by UIC faculty, staff, students, administrators and community partners, SJI seeks to build upon and foreground a critically important part of our mission as a diverse public research university in a global but often contested city.
Speak, Listen, Learn: Stories as Resistance
Date & Time
TUES July 9 | 7-8:30 PM
Doors open at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7.
For the third installment in the series, Hull-House will be joined by talented public radio host, Luis Perez of Vocalo's daily afternoon show, "Overdrive." Perez is curating a night of story sharing activities with a powerful line-up of local artists, storytellers and YOU. More details to come!
“Unraveling Bill” presented by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble
Date & Time
TUES July 30 | 7-8:30 PM
Doors open at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7.
The fourth installment of the Building Peace and Justice Series centers on movement, monologue and music – telling the poignant story of war, trauma and family.
Unravelling Bill originally performed in 2006 uses monologue, dance, and original music to tell the story of Theresa, whose brother committed suicide after returning from military service in Iraq. Soldier suicide is unfortunately an increasingly relevant issue. In 2010, more soldiers committed suicide than lost their lives in combat. In sharing Bill and Theresa’s story, hopefully others might be helped. Originally performed in 2006 for Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s fifth season. Performed again in 2011 honoring the ten year anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan, then performed in 2012 as part of the Youspoke “Not Alone Festival“ for suicide awareness.
September Date TBA : Film - A Different Approach to School Safety
The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex through Popular Education.
Registration deadline is May 15!
When and Where?
The eight workshops are June 15, June 22, June 29, July 13, July
20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. All workshops will take place
at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum at 800 S. Halsted from
1pm-5pm. The Hull-House space is wheelchair accessible.
Requirements to apply:
-A commitment to attend at least 6 of the 8 trainings and complete the readings
-A commitment to follow the training with 9 months participation in work around the PIC
-Openness to learning and collaboration
TO APPLY PLEASE FILL OUT THIS ONLINE FORM BY MAY 15
Please contact Mariame Kaba,with questions.
The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is seeking participants for an in-depth training and volunteer program during the summer of 2013. After attending a series of 8 workshops and participating in a volunteer internship, interested individuals are invited to apply to join the collective. The training aims to recruit and train new volunteers to support organizing against mass incarceration, either through our collective or through other organizations. What is the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective?
The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is an all-volunteer group that organizes interactive workshops, film screenings, and trainings which aim to inspire action. We also produce educational materials and resources. We focus on practical steps to inspire, inform, and enable action, and on how to develop workable alternatives to the PIC.
Our primary goals are motivate people to take positive action against the mass incarceration system and to help build a base of individuals across the city who are committed to dismantling the PIC.
Training topics will include PIC 101 and history, youth, immigration, LGBTQ issues, gender and class and the PIC, mental health and the non-profit industrial complex, and restorative and transformative justice.
More on our work:
The PIC Teaching Collective consists of about fifteen volunteers. We
are sponsored by Project NIA, an organization working to end youth
incarceration by developing community-based alternatives.
The Only Way Out is the Way Through
WED MAY 29 | 7-9 PM
Join us for the second installment of the Building Peace and Justice art reflection series. Chicago State University's Truth 'n Trauma project presents, "The Only Way Out is the Way Through."
Please RSVP here.
The performance, created entirely from writings by local youth explores gossip, relationships, parents, family and daily manifestations of systematic disempowerment. Join us for a post-performance discussion where we will collectively think through the nuances of social and interpersonal conflict in a Chicago context and alternative solutions for waging peace locally.
About Truth 'n Trauma:
Forty-three youth were selected to work with Chicago State University, and received training on the root causes of violence and community trauma, participatory action research methods, advocacy and leadership skills, and media and arts training. TNT staff believe that youth, in partnership with adult allies, can be active agents in creating and implementing innovative strategies to address the issue of trauma in our community, developing innovative ways to introduce the community and other youth to radical healing. TNT mission is to reduce community violence and help heal the exposure to violence through education that liberates and restores the community. TNT encourages youth led, restorative practices with violence affected youth.
Uproar Chicago: Community Curated Audio Collage
Thank you for joining us for the unveiling of an audio collage project and facilitated community peace circles.
The goal of Uproar Chicago was to provide a forum for those who want to share their voices with others. Project facilitators envisioned the audio collage as a collective uproar, a "primal scream" and potentially an emotional catharsis for individuals who live in Chicago, in this moment so defined by violence.
About Uproar Chicago: As residents of Chicago, many of us feel overwhelmed by the constant drumbeat of news and personal experiences of interpersonal and structural violence. Some of us feel powerless in the onslaught of violence. But we can use our voices to speak out about how we feel about what's happening in our city.
Chicagoans of all ages, all races, orientations, genders, and communities were asked to call in and share, in one sentence, how they feel about what is happening in our city with respect to violence. Uproar Chicago is a collection of these powerful reflections.
For more information visit: uproarchicago.wordpress.com
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.