Learn more about and celebrate the work that the North Lawndale community is doing to envision and ensure criminal justice reform.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn about Envisioning Justice. View art from the first session.

Community Resource Fair.  Stop by tables and learn about various community groups and services in the North Lawndale neighborhood and city of Chicago.

Lunch provided.

1 p.m.- 3p.m. Interactive discussion about police relations with the community.


Maurice Classen– Director of Strategy, Chicago Police Department

Maurice Classen is the Director of Strategy at the Chicago Police Department where he is oversees the development, drafting, implementation, and tracking of work on the Police Department’s strategic plan and assists in compliance and analysis of projects within the expected consent decree with the Illinois Attorney General. He was formerly a program officer for criminal justice at the MacArthur Foundation, a member of the Task Force on Police Accountability formed after the Laquan McDonald shooting, and a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Seattle, Washington.

Maira Khwaja –Engagement Director,  Invisible Institute

Maira Khwaja is the engagement director for the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company on the South Side. She works closely with local public school teenagers in a media class, talking with them about their daily policing experiences. Previously, she created community asset maps of Bronzeville with MAPSCorps, founded the South Side Weekly Radio show, and studied history at the University of Chicago.

Kenny Smith –Community Leader & North Lawndale Resident

KennySmith is a proud resident of the North Lawndale Community. Kenny recently successfully completed programming in North Lawndale’s brand new Restorative Justice Community Court. As a result of his involvement and positive interactions, Kenny is now working with Chicago’s Rapid Employment and Development Initiative (READI) where he continues to excel professionally and make strides toward social change.

Speakers will share some brief thoughts and then everyone will break out into small groups to brainstorm how community and police relations can be strengthened and what people in the room can do to help enact the change they want to see.