2013 in review

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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The Need for Girl Talk

By Chicago Girl Talk Collective Member Kayla:

Being exposed to the environment at JTDC has increased my awareness of the need for programs such as Girl Talk. JTDC is a controlled environment which restricts many of the girl’s freedoms. Girl Talk provides the young women in JTDC an opportunity to be just that, young women. As much as can be expected while in confinement, the girls are able to be themselves. Rather than try to control the young women’s feelings, the Girl Talk collective encourages the girls to be open and creative within a safe space. As a member of the Girl Talk collective, I have been awarded the opportunity to spend time with the young women at JTDC in a relaxed setting. Growing up in the inner-city of Chicago, I am familiar with many of the experiences these young women are challenged with daily and this allows me to see the young women as something other than “delinquent”. These young women are resilient and strong and given different circumstances, and perhaps a different system to handle “delinquency”, these girls are very much capable of great things.  I am grateful to be part of the Girl Talk collective and I can only hope to encourage the development of additional services, like Girl Talk, for the girls at JTDC.  

 

Chicago Girl Talk Collective Fundraiser!

Quennect 4 Gallery presents:
E.M.P.A.C.T.
(Everyone’s Music Politics Activist Community Throwdown)

a fundraising event for

GIRL TALK!

July 20, 2013
9p – ??
Q4/Multkulti
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., 4th floor, Chicago IL

Girl Talk is a volunteer supported program for girls, ages 12-17, who are detained in the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center (JTDC). A survey of the girls, conducted by CFJC, found that they faced serious concerns on a daily basis, including sexual assault and other forms of violence, relationship and conflict resolution, education and employment, legal rights, and a wide range of health issues. Programming and services related to these issues were almost non-existent through the detention center.

Girl talk provides the girls in the detention center a space to be free from the jail they find themselves in.

HOSTED BY THE ONE AND ONLY: LUIS TUBENS!!

LIVE MUSIC BY

SPOKEN WORD AND POETRY BY

  • Richard Wallace of Men and Women in Prison Ministries and BBU – http://mwipm.com/
  • Sandra Santiago
  • and More!!
  • VISUAL ARTS BY
  • Alex Donnelly
  • Amara Betty Martin
  • Matthew Silva
  • Manny Cortes.
  • Natalia Virafuentes
  • Lisha j Perine
  • Natalia Sustaita

JEWELRY BY

  • ROOTID DESIGNS

RAFFLE PRIZES BY
Visual artists:

**** Donation’s accepted for Girl Talk ****
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ART SUPPLY DRIVE FOR GIRL TALK:
Feel free to bring:
Liquid Glue, Glitter Pens/Glue, Paints(fabric and wood), Stickers, Colored Pencils, Poster Boards, Decorative Ribbon, Decorative Feathers, Decorative flowers, Butcher Paper, Beads, Craft Wood, Markers (non toxic). White T-Shirts, Plain Blue Denim Jeans

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Quennect 4 Gallery Chicago is a collaborative effort to maintain a dedicated cultural and activist center focused on community involvement through arts and grassroots actions.

We are an independently-run alternative multi use art space that supports the intersection of social, political, economical and geographic communities. It focuses on diversity and giving back to the community and its very existence is a testament to the necessity of a multilateral vision in the process of cultural (r)evolution.

Located in Wicker Park and head quartered at Multikulti Chicago we have been working to create and foster the community connections to our city through diverse and innovative arts and culture events and benefits.

http://www.que4.org/

For more information or press please contact: theq4tribe@gmail.com

Race. Justice. Power: Through the Lens of the Trayvon Martin Case and Its Relevance to Chicago

RACE. JUSTICE. POWER:
THROUGH THE LENS OF THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE AND ITS RELEVANCE TO CHICAGO

 Trayvon Martin

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Black Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, has ignited protests and triggered debates about the nature of race, class, gender, violence and power in this country. There have been a flood of emotions surrounding this case, all of which is understandable, but this teach-in is an opportunity to delve into the underlying issues that surround this case and what it represents. It is a point of departure for a discussion of a whole range of pressing issues. We will also explore the implications of the Martin murder and Zimmerman acquittal in light of the ongoing crises of violence, school closings and deteriorating life chances for Black and Brown youth in Chicago.

  • How do we analyze the significance of this case?
  • What has been the role of mainstream media in framing or distorting the case?
  • How does this case fit into the larger frame of the growing prison industry, criminalization of Black and Brown youth, and the escalating problem of gun violence?
  • What are the lessons about the mechanisms of change or the limits of certain mechanisms for change – how effective are mass pressure/ mobilization? Petitions? Art? The court system? Social Media?
  • What would “justice” look like in this case, especially given there is such widespread criticism of incarceration as a solution? How do prison abolitionists respond to the George Zimmerman trial?
  • Pulling back for the minutiae of the case and trial, what are the larger social justice issues represented by this case and what insight do we draw from them?

Speakers included:

Two of a number of speakers include:  Gary Younge, author and writer for The Guardian,  Malcolm X College Professor Abra Johnson, Truth n’ Trauma organizer and activist Danton Floyd, as well as Chicago youth organizers.

This will be an interactive teach in format with resources and information provided in multiple forms.

“Without struggle there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

LOGAN CENTER for the ARTS
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013. 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Co-conveners: Prudence Browne, Charity Tolliver, Lisa Brock, Tracye Matthews, Cathy Cohen, Jasson Perez, David Stovall, Barbara Ransby, Danton Floyd, Mia Henry, Asha Ransby-Sporn, Mariame Kaba, FM Supreme, Alice Kim, Rev. Janette Wilson, Kevin Coval, Isis Ferguson, Lisa Yun Lee, Touissaint Losier, Deana Lewis, Lynette Jackson, James Thindwa, Martha Biondi, Fresco Steez.

 

 

Spring Changes Coming Soon!

Welcome to our blog!  Girl Talk is continuing to grow stronger to better support the young women detained at the JTDC.  We will be updating our blog and tweeting more info soon!

In the meantime, here are some campaigns and organizations:

  • YES TO COUNSELORS, NO TO COPS: A coalition of organizations and people across Chicago who are asking Chicago Public Schools to pass a resolution that would state any new school safety funding received from Federal grants will be used to hire COUNSELORS NOT COPS.
  • Suspension Stories: Challenging the school to prison pipeline.
  • VOYCE Project: Youth collaborating to fight for educational justice.
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Project:  A member based social justice organizing project that is led by and for young people of color who have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies.

Of course, there are many other wonderful groups doing amazing work.  Look in our blogroll for more!

Upcoming Event: Self-Care Day at IYC-Warrenville

The Girl Talk Collective is planning our second Self Care Day at IYC-Warrenville on January 12, 2013.  After another great Self Care Day at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, we are looking for volunteers to join us at IYC-Warrenville. 

 To make the day a success, we are looking for

Volunteers

If you are a bodywork therapist (massage, reflexology, etc…), please volunteer your time and skills.

If you can offer manicures and/or pedicures to the young women, please volunteer.

Do you teach yoga, relaxation and anti-stress techniques? Then please join us.

We are asking for volunteers who identify as women. If you are interested contact us at chicagogirltalk@gmail.com or 773-392-5165.

We are asking volunteers to let us know about their availability by December 30th. We are going to give a list of all volunteers who will be participating to the prison so that we can clear everyone in advance.

 

Warrenville volunteers:

We will confirm the time with you, but please plan to volunteer from 1p-5:30p plus driving time.

All volunteers:
We will set up carpools so if you have a car and can drive some folks, let us know.

Supplies

We need several supplies for the day and also for the gift bags that we would like to give to the young women at the end of the day.

Lotions (any size)
Hair Care Products (appropriate for young women of color)
Bath Gels
Aromatherapy Oils (Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, etc…)
Nail Tools (emery boards, cuticle pushers, toe separators, Nail polish dryer aerosol, pumice stones)
Gift bags

Rubbing alcohol

Hand sanitizer

Hair Brushes

Cotton pads

Hand towels January 7th. You can mail items to: Project NIA c/o RPCC, 1530 West Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626. If you want to drop off your items, you can do so at the same address however please call Mariame at 773-392-5165 to make sure that someone will be there to receive the items from you. Finally, if you prefer to contribute money (which we would gladly accept), you can make your check payable to Project NIA (write Girl Talk on the memo line) and mail to the address listed above. We will be shopping after January 7th for all of the items that we did not get donated.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!

 

Important Note: We very much believe that ALL incarcerated youth deserve many “self-care” days. Our capacity only allows us to work with the young women at JTDC and IYC-Warrenville. If a group of men would like to organize similar events for young men at the JTDC, please contact Mariame so that she can connect you to the appropriate staff at the jail.

 

Call for Support & Donations: Self-Care Days for Incarcerated Girls

On Saturday December 15th, Girl Talk will be hosting a “Pamper Yourself” Self-Care Day for the young women who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. We are organizing this event with no money and so we will be heavily relying on our supporters to make this day a success.

On Saturday January 12th, 2013, we will coordinate a similar event for the young women who are incarcerated at IYC-Warrenville.

To make both days a success, here is what we need:

Volunteers

If you are a bodywork therapist (massage, reflexology, etc…), please volunteer your time and skills.

If you can offer manicures and/or pedicures to the young women, please volunteer.

Do you teach yoga, relaxation and anti-stress techniques? Then please join us.

We are asking for volunteers who identify as women. If you are interested contact Mariame at projectnia@hotmail.com or 773-392-5165 to sign up for a shift at the jail or at Warrenville. We are asking volunteers to let us know about their availability by November 21st. We are going to give a list of all volunteers who will be participating to both the jail and the prison so that we can clear everyone in advance.

JTDC volunteers:

Please be available from 12p – 5:30p.
For volunteers at the JTDC, we will meet at UIC before going into the jail to have a snack and discuss expectations and more.

Warrenville volunteers:

We will confirm the time with you, but please plan to volunteer from 1p-5:30p plus driving time.

All volunteers:
We will set up carpools so if you have a car and can drive some folks, let us know.

Supplies

We need several supplies for the day and also for the gift baskets that we would like to give to the young women at the end of the day.

Lotions (any size)
Hair Care Products (appropriate for young women of color)
Bath Salts
Bath Soaps
Bath Gels
Bath Milks
Sugar Scrubs
Aromatherapy Oils (Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, etc…)
Nail Polish (we need different colors)
Nail Polish Remover
Cotton Balls
Nail Tools
Foot Cremes
Eye Pillows
Soft and Fuzzy Socks
Baskets

All donations and items must be received by December 9th. You can mail items to: Project NIA c/o RPCC, 1530 West Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626. If you want to drop off your items, you can do so at the same address however please call Mariame at 773-392-5165 to make sure that someone will be there to receive the items from you. Finally, if you prefer to contribute money (which we would gladly accept), you can make your check payable to Project NIA (write Girl Talk on the memo line) and mail to the address listed above. We will be shopping after December 9th for all of the items that we did not get donated.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!

Important Note: We very much believe that ALL incarcerated youth deserve many “self-care” days. Our capacity only allows us to work with the young women at JTDC and IYC-Warrenville. If a group of men would like to organize similar events for young men at the JTDC, please contact Mariame so that she can connect you to the appropriate staff at the jail.