More than 2.3 million people are held in American prisons at any given time. Nearly 400,000 immigrants are deported each year. These represent the highest rates of incarceration and deportation in American history. Policies of containment and removal come at an enormous cost to communities, families, and taxpayers. The same forces are at play: prison privatization, widespread criminalization, and the politics of fear.
Join the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) as it leads a mass ”teach-in” with more than 30 organizational partners engaged in an opportunity for conversation and strategy-sharing among students, community leaders, and especially families impact by these policies.
Through educating others on common stories and struggles, the upcoming event–titled Forced Out: A Unity Forum at the Crossroads of Deportation & Incarceration–aims to increase connections among impacted groups and help to create a stronger, more unified voice for policy change across racial and ethnic identities. Its goal is to balance in-depth dialogue with concrete action opportunities, exploring more than than a half-dozen current campaigns to unite communities and advocate for change.
- When: Thursday April 5, 10am-2pm
- Where: UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.
- Admission is free.
Partner organizations include the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality (FORCE), the Immigrant Youth Justice League, the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), Target Area Development Corporation, the Community Renewal Society, the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), Project Nia, the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Moratorium on Deportation Campaign, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, ARISE Chicago, Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, Office for Peace and Justice, Office for Immigrant Affairs and Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago, theTransformative Justice Law Project, the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, the Arab-American Action Network, the UIC African-American Cultural Center, the Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy Program, the UIUC Labor Education Program, Interfaith Leadership Project and ENLACE Chicago, along with the Adler School’s IPSSJ.
- Recruit at least 10 people to attend the event.
- Take a role (volunteering, running a workshop, participating in action fair, speaking or coordinating logistics) in the planning of the event.
- Publicize the event through your e-mail list.
- Agree to forward the event press release to your organization’s press contacts.
- Your organization’s name
- The name of your organization’s contact person
- Roles in which you are interested.