Posted on February 19, 2013

The following events are upcoming this week:

Tonight, Tuesday 2/19
Illinois Coalition Against Torture (ICAT) Meeting
When: Food 6 p.m. – Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Eighth Day Center for Justice,  205 W. Monroe (at Wells), Chicago
Description: With about 700 people in attendance, our February 1 Panel on Empire, Colonialism, and Torture with Oliver Stone was a great success.  We want to build on the momentum of this event by inviting to the next meeting of the Illinois Coalition Against Torture, and will discuss 1) A demonstration to protest solitary confinement of prisoners at Terre Haute, Indiana; 2) Passing federal legislation to criminalize torture in the United States; and 3) Planning events for National Torture Awareness Month (June 2013).

Thursday, 2/21
Oral Arguments in Class Action in Chicago Police Torture Cases
Press Conference @ 1:00p; Hearing @ 2:00p
Cook County Criminal Courts at 26th and California, Chicago, Illinois 60608
Description:  This is part of the effort to get new hearings for scores of men still in prison who are victims of Burge’s CPD torture squad. (See related story on this class action suit: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-16/news/chi-lawyers-seek-hearings-for-police-torture-victims-with-credible-claims-20121016_1_burge-victims-chicago-police-cmdr-jon-burge ). We need everyone there to show support for the efforts of those seeking redress for violence perpetrated against them by the Chicago Police Department.

Michelle Alexander speaks on the New Jim Crow @ University of Chicago’s 2013 George E. Kent Lecture
When: 5:00p
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., Chicago, Illinois 60637
Description: Dr. Michelle Alexander, NYT best-selling author of The New Jim Crow, will be this year’s Kent Lecturer. Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. She holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. Her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness received the 2010 NAACP Image Award for “outstanding literary work of nonfiction.” In it, Alexander explores the dramatic trend toward mass incarceration of African American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, and challenges the assumption that the United States has “triumphed over race.”  

Saturday, 2/23
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression: Second Peoples Hearing on Police Crimes
When: 11:00a – 5:00p
Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Description:  The Second #PeoplesHearing on Police Crimes will focus on the problem of police crimes, exploring how police crimes affect violence in the community, and encourage distrust and violence between the community and the police. The Hearing is also a call to action where we will discuss solutions to hold criminal police accountable for their actions, and for ending the absolute police impunity that currently exists.

Tuesday, 2/26
Coalition Building II, hosted by Bill of Rights Defense Committee
When: 3:00p – 6:00p
Where:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Catholic Church, 3442 W 26th St.
Description:  Join the second of our events aimed at building a Chicago-wide coalition on civil liberties. Our facilitator will be George Friday of the BORDC.