Photo by Tony Favarula, Installation by The Nap Ministry for the Envisioning Justice Exhibition, curated by Alexandria Eregbu, Danny Orendorff, and Jameson Paige



The Envisioning Justice Rapid Response Series was created by Illinois Humanities to share short, original videos featuring perspectives and reflections from humanists, artists, and community organizers working in system-impacted communities amidst the coronavirus pandemic. During this time when many feel isolated, we hope this series can help to remind us of our undeniable interconnectedness.

Hosted by Tyreece Williams and Jane Beachy
Technical Direction by Tony Santiago

Tune in live Wednesday, May 6th on the Illinois Humanities YouTube Channel.


While most of us take refuge at home, tens of thousands of incarcerated Illinoisans grapple with how to stay safe in living environments that are largely out of their control.


José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal

Kristiana Rae Colón, The #LetUsBreathe Collective

Maira Khwaja, South Side Weekly

Nick Smaligo, Carbondale Spring

Shiyaa Mitchell, Circles & Ciphers

Tricia Hersey, The Nap Ministry

Sarah Ross + Damon Locks, Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project

The Chicago Community Bond Fund

Followed by a DJ set from LO KARI of Free Write Arts & Literacy

Envisioning Justice is funded by the Art for Justice Fund, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.