Small groups Archives - Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION

Pain in the Soil: Sites of Resistance to Chicago Police Torture

This prompt asks us to activate the sites and stories of survivors of police torture in Chicago as important locations in the ongoing documentation of this devastating history.

Every Voice Matters

In this prompt from Renaldo Hudson, we learn about some of the ways the voices of currently incarcerated people are suppressed within the carceral system and how we can counteract that exclusion in our own lives through open dialogue.

Unbarred Poetics

These four poetry writing prompts explore different ways to use artistic practice to get to the heart of issues related to the carceral state.

Family Affair

A world without prisons has little to do with the physical absence of cages or cuffs. Any one of us could be in prison for the things we’ve done or been complicit in, yet have never been held accountable for.

Resolving Conflicts Through Puppets

In this prompt, Estrada and Cardenas invite us to shift our perspectives on harm in our own relationships and communities, and to navigate the difficult terrain of conflict resolution through puppetry and open dialogue.

Breath Scores

Breath Scores is a series of breathing meditations inspired by the writings and activist works of Black radical thought and Engaged Buddhism.

Invisible Suitcase

The Invisible Suitcase activity was created for children and families interacting with the family regulation system (child removal services), specifically children entering into foster care.

By Blood: The Sex Work Narrative Project

For individuals ages 18+. Scholars, policymakers, and social service providers are often at odds about how to approach the issue of sex work. Jackson offers this prompt as a way of normalizing the conversation around sex workers’ rights and safety.

To Shape a Mind

In this prompt, Burton leads us to interrogate our own experiences as school-aged students and to reimagine what a supportive environment for the children of incarcerated parents might look like.

Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations

Hughes and Ginsburg’s podcast highlights similarities between the policies that led to the War on Terror and the reign of Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. Here, they invite us to engage in conversation about what a just future could look, feel, and sound like.