Upcoming Events

Latin American/Latino Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies present:
Clarissa Rojas on Resisting, Challenging, Interrupting, and Transforming Violence
May 29, 2014 — TWO EVENTS

Morphing the Border(s) and the Transformation of Sexual Violence
Interactive Presentation with Clarissa Rojas

Thursday, May 29, 2014
2:40-4:10 pm
Levan 503

How does the U.S. Mexico border make sexual violence possible? In the summer of 1997, the National Guard invaded the US Mexico border in Calexico, California. This talk describes the memory of this account as told through the story of a transnational community’s transformative intervention into the violence of war and its derivative gendering/sexual violence.

Creating Community Accountability for Sexual Violence in the University? A nod to possibilities An Interactive Lecture with Clarissa Rojas

Interactive Presentation with Clarissa Rojas

Thursday, May 29

6:00-8:00 pm

Arts and Letters, Room 103

Reception Follows

What strategies do Community Accountability and Transformative Justice approaches offer to address, interrupt and transform sexual and gender violence? What are some ways we can change spaces previously permissive of violence into spaces of accountability? How do we build contiguous spaces of accountability in our communities, movements and schools? What are the limits and possibilities of practicing community accountability at the site of the university? This interactive talk considers lessons gleaned from community accountability projects at San Francisco State and Cal State Long Beach and within Chican@/Latin@ communities.

Clarissa Rojas, co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University- Long Beach. She is co-editor Color of Violence: the INCITE Anthology and “Community Accountability in Theory and Practice,” a special issue of Social Justice Journal. She is also an internationally published poet who trusts the creative spirit.


Artist Spotlight: Jill Kuanfung

JILL KUANFUNG – Climbing the Tree Exhibit

“Frida,” ink wash and pen on paper, 30″ x 22″, 2013


Jill Kuanfung describes this exhibit of portraits that examine the fluidity of mixed-race identity and the complexity and depth of family history as follows: 


I created a series of portraits situated in my mixed race history and identity with the intent of focusing on how this history and identity have shaped and continue to shape my experiences of race and racism both within and outside of my family, and furthermore, what role my mixed race identity plays in understanding myself as a participant in systems of oppression and the actions I take to bring myself closer to personal healing and transformation. 


I communicated my family history and identity through portraiture because my studies of mixed race identity begin and end with the body, which is born into history, marked by it, a vessel of it, and which then passes it on (through voice, sex, birth, and death). Portraiture as a means of communicating and translating the bodies that make up my family allowed me to confront my loved ones in an intimate way, to explore the silence of meditating on their experiences, their unique features, and my own memories of them or of those close to them as I worked. 


The act of making this work also allowed for me to focus on the visual aspect of identity—what is told and what is silenced by a visual-only telling of the story. The process of drawing these individuals provided a physical, emotional, and spiritual space for peace, memory, and accountability. In all, I completed nine ink portraits of different family members on different colored sheets of approximately 22″ x 30″ paper using black ink pens, water, liquid India ink, and a large round paintbrush.

See her work at: http://www.jill-kuanfung.squarespace.com

Chicago Transformative Justice Fall Calendar (October-December 2013)





October 18 – Perspectives From A Life Held Captive, 6-9pm Threewalls Gallery, 119 N. Peoria St.

Join us for a one night event of music, readings and a silent auction to support future projects and classes. Threewalls Gallery is walking distance from the Morgan stop on the Pink and Green Line, and near the Randolph St. exit on 90/94 fwy.

Join the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project for music, readings and a silent auction to support future projects and classes. You can also view an exhibition of creative work from a year of classes and collaborations between free and incarcerated artists, scholars and writers at Stateville Prison.

October 18 – Healing is Not Linear: Healing Internalized Oppression Roundtable – 7 to 9 pm  — Sage Community Room 2514 W. Armitage Suite 205

Join Sage Community Health Collective for a Roundtable Discussion about healing from trauma and the role internalized oppression has on our healing process. Mariame Kaba, Director of Project Nia will facilitate, focusing on questions such as : What are the connections between healing generation trauma, violence in our communities, and internalized oppression? How does it affect our work, family and personal lives? How do we get away from blaming and shaming ourselves throughout the healing process? Participants are invited to come discuss and share stories of how we heal.
Cost: $10-30 sliding scale; no one turned away; Please R.S.V.P tosagecommunityhealth@gmail.com

October 19 — Community Share – Free Healing Event – 2 to 4 p.m. — Family Matters, 7731 N Marshfield (near the Howard stop on the Red Line)

Join Project Nia for a Community Share, free healing event. On October 19 from 2 – 4 pm, various community members will gather at Family Matters in Rogers Park. People are invited to receive free short healing treatments and also to share their own healing skills with others. (You don’t have to share any skills in order to come and enjoy the event — you can simply come to receive). There will be massage, movement therapies, reiki energy healing, hypnosis, yoga and stretching, and ear acupressure, among others.

If you would like to attend for services and/or if you have a skill you would like to share (like active listening, stretching workshop, manicures, etc) please email Michelle at niawellness@yahoo.comto reserve your spot. People are also encouraged to bring healthy snacks to share, if they’re able. Everyone welcome (until we run out of space!)

October 22 — “Reparations for Torture Survivors?”  — 6-7:30pm, Art in These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee

Last month Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said decades of torture by police officers of African American suspects under former Police Commander Jon Burge was a “dark chapter in the history of the city of Chicago” and a “stain on the city’s reputation.” But has justice been done? What would reparations for Burge’s victims look like? View the new exhibit “Reparations On My Soul” and join the In These Times “Hot Off the Press Party” after this conversation with Flint Taylor, founding partner of the People’s Law Office.

For more information, click HERE.

November 8 – Dandelions in the Concrete: Healing Arts, Creative Interventions — 5 to 8 pm, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus. SAC Pit–2320 N. Kenmore

Join Building Communities, Ending Violence for creative arts as responses to everyday oppression and violence (including transformative justice note card making), mini workshops, and open mic for poetry, spoken word, music, and performance.  And we’ll have refreshments and delicious foods to share! This event is FREE.

November 9 – Explaining Jail & Prison to Children with Incarcerated Loved Ones – 10 to 4 pm, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave

Join us as we discuss the impact(s) of prison on children and address ways to explain it to them. This event is relevant for families with incarcerated loved ones and individuals who work with children of the incarcerated (as educators, caregivers, or service providers).

Registration is at no cost to participants and Pre-registration is required.Click to Register

This event organized by Project NIA and co-sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice & Transformation, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), Lawndale Amachi Mentorship Program (LAMP), Prisoner & Family Ministry Connection (Lutheran Social Service),

November 10 – Film Screening: Natural Life — 3 p.m. Rumble Arts 3413 W. North Ave

This screening is followed by a discussion moderated by Jill Petty with Tirtza Even, artist and filmmaker, Mariame Kaba, Project NIA Director, and Shobha Mahadev, Project Director of the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children. This event is FREE.

November 15 – Picturing A World Without Prisons: An Exhibition – Opening Reception, 6 p.m.  Human Thread Gallery- 1200 W. 35th street, 5th floor (Bridgeport Art Center)

Join Project NIA & Free Write Jail Arts Program for an exhibition that asks everyone to imagine a world without prisons. The exhibition runs from 11/11 to 12/9 at the Human Thread Gallery. Submissions for the exhibition will be accepted until October 15th. Details are HERE.

November 16 – Prison Impact: Roundtable Discussion – 3 pm Rumble Arts 3413 W. North Ave

A conversation with movement organizers on working and resisting within a carceral state. This discussion moderated by Erica Meiners features Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Moratorium on Deportations, Evan Lyon (Department of Medicine faculty, University of Chicago), Charity Tolliver (Black Thought, Black Action), Benny Lee (National Alliance for the Empowerment of Formerly Incarcerated People).

A workshop will follow in which attendees will be encouraged to imagine reallocating the State’s nearly $1.3 billion Department of Corrections 2013 budget.

December 5 — Everyday Responses to Everyday Harassment — 6 to 9 pm, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus (Location TBA) –  Join Building Bridges, Ending Violence for this strategy session focused on building community accountability for interrupting violence. For further information, contact: arusso@depaul.edu. This event is FREE.