May 6th 2020

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.

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. How does the current public health crisis unearth or upend our assumptions, laws, and practices as they relate to notions of justice, safety, and home? Here to weigh in:

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
SHARLYN GRACE, Chicago Community Bond Fund

Technical Direction by TONY SANTIAGO!
Followed by a DJ set from L O KARI of Free Write Arts & Literacy!

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

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.

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