Meet the Creators - Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION
Alexandra Antoine standing in an urban garden

Alexandra Antoine

Alexandra Antoine collaborated with Brandon Wyatt on Our Agreements. She is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Her work examines traditional artistic practices throughout the African Diaspora with a focus...

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Portrait of Tara Betts

Tara Betts

Dr. Tara Betts collaborated with David Weathersby on Unbarred Poetics. She is the author of the poetry collections Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She has also taught poetry workshops at Stateville Prison...

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Janice Bond

Janice Bond

Janice Bond collaborated with Sonja Henderson on the Mothers Healing Circle project. She is a photographer and visual artist based in both Houston and Chicago, Illinois. Her works in photography, collage, textile, and video are inspired by...

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Antonio Burton

Antonio Burton

Antonio L. Burton, also known as “Toni Picasso,” is a native of Decatur, Illinois. His faith in Jesus Christ has fueled his fluent gift in all arts, mediums, and skills. In 2012, Antonio earned a bachelor’s in 2-D Design with an emphasis in painting...

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Portrait of Jasmin Cardenas sitting in a chair in a sun-lit studio space

Jasmin Cardenas

Jasmin Cardenas collaborated with William Estrada on the PUPPETS + RESISTENCIA project. She is a Chicago actress, director, published storyteller, deviser, and arts activist who uses the mediums of story and theater to move...

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Chicago Torture Justice Memorials protest

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) aims to honor and to seek justice for the survivors of Chicago police torture, their family members, and the African American communities affected by the torture...

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Maya Dukmasova

Maya Dukmasova

Maya Dukmasova is a senior reporter at Injustice Watch. Her work is focused on housing, the courts, policing, local government, and social justice movements. She has won several local and national journalism awards for...

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Portrait of William Estrada

William Estrada

William Estrada collaborated with Jasmin Cardenas on the PUPPETS + RESISTENCIA project. He is an arts educator and multidisciplinary artist. His art and teaching are a collaborative discourse that critically re-examines...

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Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer helps edit a bimonthly magazine distributed to federal prisons and is a faculty member of the Odyssey Project at Illinois Humanities, a free college credit program for income-eligible adults. He is a Luminarts Cultural...

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Amber Ginsburg

Amber Ginsburg

Amber Ginsburg has collaborated with Aaron Hughes on the Tea Project since 2009. She is a Chicago-based artist teaching at the University of Chicago. She creates site-generated projects and social sculptures that insert historical...

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Sonja Henderson

Sonja Henderson

Sonja Henderson collaborated with Janice Bond on the Mothers Healing Circle project. She received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she concentrated in painting and drawing; and received her M.F.A. from...

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Renaldo Hudson

Renaldo Hudson

Renaldo Hudson is an educator and a community organizer with the Illinois Prison Project, and has focused his work on ending perpetual punishment in Illinois. After being sentenced to death row, he worked for 37 years while incarcerated...

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Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes has collaborated with Amber Ginsburg on the Tea Project since 2009. He is a Chicago-based artist, curator, organizer, teacher, anti-war activist, and Iraq War veteran. He works collaboratively in diverse spaces and...

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Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson is an independent documentary producer and cinematographer. He started his career working at PBS and ABC affiliates. He debuted his short film From Prisoner to Professor in 2017, which later was...

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Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, a Whiting Award, and the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Jackson’s honors...

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Portrait of Patricia Nguyen surrounded by plants

Patricia Nguyen

Patricia Nguyen is an artist, educator, and scholar born and raised in Chicago. She is an Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies and the Council for Race and Ethnic Studies at Northwestern University, where she received her Ph.D. in...

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Naimah Thomas

Naimah Thomas

Naimah Thomas is a Black femme born and raised in Chicago who currently works as a licensed professional counselor, art therapist, and artist. Her clinical work and art practice often explore the intersections of art and...

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Portrait of David Weathersby

David Weathersby

David Weathersby collaborated with Tara Betts on Unbarred Poetics. He is a director and filmmaker and founder of City Vanguard, an arts organization that produces community-based documentaries for educational and...

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Portrait of Brandon Wyatt against a backdrop

Brandon Wyatt

Brandon V. Wyatt collaborated with Alexandra Antoine on Our Agreements. He is a "Universal Truth Seeker" who welcomes any involvement and indulges in progressive, productive, and peaceful affairs and developments. He continues...

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