We’re pleased to announce the schedule and recognize the more than 50 organizations that have partnered for next week’s “Forced Out: A Unity Forum at the Crossroads of Deportation & Incarceration”—organized by the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice (IPSSJ) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and convened at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) in partnership with the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.
The mass teach-in takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted in Chicago, followed by a March to End Mass Detention. The goal is to rally a stronger, more unified voice for reforming policies that affect human rights issues related to the United States’ historically high and ever-increasing levels of incarceration and deportation.
The event will highlight Chicago and Cook County’s role at the epicenter of these critical issues. Among the speakers we welcome are:
- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has supported decreasing the number of youths detained in the Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and instead using an approach that places more emphasis on counseling, community-based programs and job skills training for offenders.
- Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who last year sponsored a measure to prohibit Cook County Jail from holding inmates based on unreasonable Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. Cook County is one of only a handful of counties and municipalities across the nation to refuse to comply with the Federal Secure Communities Program.
Representing the Adler School on the speaking and workshop agendas are Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of the IPSSJ, which studies how policies of mass detention and deportation come at an enormous cost to communities, families and taxpayers; Lynn Todman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion; and Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D.
“More than 2.3 million people are held in American prisons at any given time,” Quintana says. “Nearly 400,000 immigrants are deported each year. Our punitive approach to safety and security in the United States is not working, and is in fact counter-productive. It’s time to explore new and innovative ways to approach the issues of incarceration and immigration.”
Here’s the event schedule:
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Arrival, registration and art exhibit
10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Opening session
11 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.: Break for food, art and Action Fair
11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Workshops
1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.: Closing session
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: March to End Mass Detention
Tremendous thanks go to all of the partner organizations taking part:
Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality (FORCE), Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), Project Nia, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Arise Chicago, Southwest Organizing Project, Enlace Chicago, UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, NALAAC, JCUA, Community Renewal Society, St. Agatha Catholic Church, Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, Office for Peace and Justice, Office for Immigrant Affairs and Education at the Archdiocese of Chicago, Center of Change, Casa Michoacan, Albany Park Theater Project, Transformative Justice Law Project, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Arab American Action Network, UIC African-American Cultural Center, Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy Program, Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, National Immigrant Justice Center, Tamms Year Ten Campaign, UIUC Labor Education Program, Interfaith Leadership Project, Mexican-American Coalition, Depaul Urban Egan Center, Warehouse Workers for Justice, Aurora University, Waubonsee University, NEIU – Justice Studies Department, Rogers Park Community Council, Independent Voters of Illinois, Latino Studies at Northwestern University, Latinos in Skokie, UCCIR, Human Rights Department at the University of Chicago, SEIU Local 73, United African Organization, Alternatives Education Institute, American Friends Service Committee, Teachers for Social Justice, Chicago Workers Collaborative, the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, CeaseFire and the 8th Day Center for Justice.