This participatory discussion will explore the myriad ways in which survivors are criminalized, delve into what it looks like for folks on the outside to work in solidarity with incarcerated survivors, as well as discuss the challenges presented upon their release. Attendees will learn and discuss strategies for supporting those who identify as women who’ve been criminalized for survival.
Facilitator Ayanna Banks Harris, who co-organizes Love & Protect and Liberation Library , will share her experiences working on grassroots campaigns for Marissa Alexander. Facilitator Rachel White-Domain will share her experiences working with survivors who are incarcerated, including her work doing clemency petitions as part of the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women on behalf of women incarcerated for killing their abusive partners.
This event is part of UIC Women’s Heritage Month. UIC’s annual Women’s Heritage Month promotes activities and lectures to engage and inform about the diverse roles and unique contributions of women-Identified people and to address issues that impact them. This year’s Women’s Leadership & Resource Center programs highlight the impacts of the prison industrial complex on woman-identified people and bring to the forefront some local community leaders who are doing important social justice work related to incarceration.
You can find a full list of events here: https://wlrc.uic.edu/womens-heritage-month/
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