“What matters is not to know the world but to change it.” Frantz Fanon “Give Light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker Deserve your dream - Octavio Paz Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.” -Jane Addams Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” Angela Davis



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Forum on Ferguson

On December 1, 2014 a forum on Ferguson was held at UIC co-sponsored by SJI, African American Studies, the Chancellors Committe on the Status of Blacks, Gender and Womens Studies, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, Insititute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Jane Addams Hull- House. Below is a bibliography and resource list of articles and events that were mentioned at the Forum.










P2J Scholars travel to the UN


This month, We Charge Genocide, a grassroots, volunteer-run effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago, will send eight local organizers to the 53rd United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland. Among these organizers are Pipeline to Justice Scholars Ethan Viets VanLear and Malcolm London. The group of organizers has submitted their report to the UN for review and will briefly present to the Committee Against Torture on the experiences of marginalized communities targeted by police in Chicago.


malcom picMalcolm attends University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a member and co-chair of BYP100 Chicago Chapter, a national organization of black activists & organizers. Malcolm regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. He is the coordinator of The Know Your Rights Project out of Northwestern Law School, a project dedicated to educating young people on their rights within the juvenile justice system. He is also a teaching artist on staff at Young Chicago Authors, a program working to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education.


ethanEthan Viet- Vanlear is a poet, organizer, and peace circle keeper. He was born and raised on the north-most part of Chicago Illinois. He is 19 and for the past few years he has been heavily involved in “activism” in his community of Rogers Park.





For More information on the We Charge Genocide delegation, click on the following link: http://wechargegenocide.org/?s=un+delegation


Other Announcements

Our SJI partner, Gender and Sexuality Center is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. An exhibit including materials from the archives and collected oral histories, will open November 20th and launch a series of public programs. Megan Carney, a SJI Coordinating Committee Member was awarded an IPCE discourse grant to facilitate a town hall series around women in the military in conjunction with a performance of a new play, WOMEN AT WAR. The play runs between now and December 6th at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Edgewater and Town Halls wil take place each Saturday afternoon at 4pm.


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