Pipeline to justice
In fall of 2014 the Pipeline to Justice (P2J) Scholars Program welcomes a cohort of seven stellar undergraduate students to UIC with recognized accomplishment as community activists and community organizers in under-served and oppressed communities.
We will provide them with support based on four specific goals: 1) Fostering positive peer support and a sense of a ready made ‘home’ community; 2) Creating socially relevant curricular and co-curricular learning experiences including internship placements that link social justice to academic subjects; 3) Affirming community ties that build confidence and a sense of continuity for incoming P2J students, framing their home communities as contiguous with, not external to, the overall learning environment; 4) Sustaining a team of faculty mentors who support the whole person and affirm the community service/ engagement components of who the students are, as well as their on campus student identities.
The ultimate goal is 100% successful graduation rate followed by a continued career as a social justice worker or working in a field doing work through a social justice lens. This pipeline, we hope, will not end with graduation. By selecting P2J incoming students who have already demonstrated commitment to community service, social justice work and leadership, we expect they will used the skills and credentials acquired at UIC to continue this work around socially relevant issues in the service of a greater good. SJI will provide mentors, community and faculty support, and access to scholarship resources.
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.
Malcolm 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.
Ethan 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