This intensive, fun, and multi-faceted day of programming draws together some of the organizations and individuals most dedicated to dismantling the inequities in our criminal justice system and to creating a more just Chicago. See how to de-escalate difficult situations to avoid police intervention, step into the experience of a person returning from incarceration through a “re-entry simulation,” learn about the prison-abolition movement, participate in a healing circle, find out what it takes to volunteer inside the Cook County Department of Corrections, and/or enjoy bombastic performances by young people from throughout the city, and more.
This full day of programming includes lunch for all attendees as well as a “choose your own adventure” style schedule that allows you to dive deeply into the topics and activities that most interest you.
Come for a specific workshop or stay all day!
Activation Day Schedule:
10am – Welcome & Orientation
TRACK A: De-escalation Workshop by Alternatives to Calling the Police During Mental Health Crises
TRACK B: Voices of the World Poster Workshop by OPEN Center for the Arts
TRACK C: Re-entry Simulation by BBF Family Services
11:30am – Break
11:45am – Performance by B’Rael Ali Thunder
12:00pm – Envisioning Abolitionist Futures by The #LetUsBreathe Collective
1:00pm – Break
1:15pm – Protest in Fashion, Part 1 by Edvetté Jones and New To You Thrift Shop
TRACK A: Restorative Justice Circle by Circles & Ciphers
TRACK B: What Does Freedom After Incarceration Mean? by Bright Star Community Outreach
TRACK C: Re-entry Simulation Reflection by Circles & Ciphers & BBF Family Services
2:30pm – Break
2:45pm – Performance by OPEN Center for the Arts
3:00pm – Rest as Resistance by The Nap Ministry
3:30pm – Protest in Fashion, Part 2 by Edvetté Jones and New To You Thrift Shop
3:45pm – Break
4:00pm – Stomping Grounds by Free Write Art & Literacy
6:00pm – Event concludes & gallery closes
*Ongoing: Info Booth About Volunteering in a Carceral Institution by Just Art; Interactive Justice Archives by Free Write Arts & Literacy