A Girl Talk Statement of Policy and Values

The Girl Talk Leadership Team has spent the past few weeks working together on a statement of policy and values. We are proud to share the final product with our supporters and other interested parties. We view this statement as a work-in-progress and see it as a dynamic document. You can download a copy of the statement here.

Dinner and Dialogue on Wednesday: Don’t Forget The Readings…

We look forward to seeing all of you who RSVP’d to attend our Girl Talk Dinner and Dialogue event this Wednesday, April 20th. Please arrive promptly at 6:00 p.m. as this will be a sit down dinner.

Also. we strongly suggest that those attending the dinner read the following article by Dohrn and look through the following online report about the criminalization of girls in Chicago to prepare for the discussion.

Interested in Volunteering with Girl Talk? Join us on May 14th

If you are a young woman between the ages of 19 and 35 and are interested in working with incarcerated girls, we invite you to come learn about Girl Talk at our upcoming information session.

When: Saturday May 14th 2011
Where: UIC Commuter Resource Center, 750 S. Halsted Street, 2nd floor behind the inner circle
Time: 11 to 1:30 p.m. [Lunch will be provided]
RSVP to let us know that you will be coming: chicagogirltalk@gmail.com

You can download a flier here

Juvenile Justice Zine Release Party – May 12

THURS MAY 12, 2011
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St (Dining Hall)
5:30-7:30 PM – Zine Distribution and Reception

Co-sponsored with Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Project NIA, the Chicago Freedom School, the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University Law School and the Models for Change Initiative

You are invited Thursday, May 12, for a celebration of the creation of two zine series that address the history and current state of juvenile justice in the United States. Come enjoy an evening of refreshments and conversation!

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Project NIA, and the Chicago Freedom School will release a series of five zines to the public, created by the teaching artists, Rachel Marie-Crane Williams and Elgin-Bokari T. Smith; activist & artist, Billy Dee; and youth at the Chicago Freedom School and the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The zines feature the voices of those affected by the criminal legal system and also tackle the issues that affect all of our communities: the History of the Juvenile Court, Girls in the System, Youth Voices (of the Incarcerated), the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and the Prison-Industrial Complex. This zine series was developed in connection with “Unfinished Business–Juvenile Justice,” the community-curated exhibit at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, on view through August 2011.

The release party is co-sponsored with the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University’s Law School and the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network of the Models for Change Initiative with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who are also releasing a graphic novel informing Illinois youths of their rights in the juvenile justice system. The graphic novel was created as part of a family engagement project that relied on youth and family focus groups, wherein individuals shared their experiences in the Illinois juvenile justice system. The publication was prepared for the Illinois Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network by Jean Davidson Meister, project manager, and Kim Miller, both of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership; Elgin-Bokari T. Smith, illustrator, and Julie Biehl, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law. Graphic design by Ashley Kittrell. The publication was developed as part of the Family Involvement Workgroup of the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network, coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The preparation of this document was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The groups want to share these zines and handbooks with the public and those who care about reforming the juvenile justice and criminal legal systems. The work of creating a more just society continues, and we can all be part of the transformative social change through creative words and images.

You can download a flier for the event here

About the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement.

The Museum is located in two of the original settlement house buildings- the Hull Home, a National Historic Landmark, and the Residents’ Dining Hall, a beautiful Arts and Crafts building that has welcomed some of the world’s most important thinkers, artists and activists.

The Museum and its many vibrant programs make connections between the work of Hull-House residents and important contemporary social issues.

About Project NIA
Project NIA’s mission is to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention, and incarceration for addressing youth crime and to instead promote the use of restorative and transformative practices, a concept that relies on community-based alternatives.

About the Chicago Freedom School
The Chicago Freedom School provides a space where young people and adult allies can study the work of past movements, deepen their understanding of current social problems, build new coalitions and develop strategies for change. We support new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world.

About Models for Change
Models for Change is an effort to create successful and replicable models of juvenile justice reform through targeted investments in key states, with core support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Models for Change seeks to accelerate progress toward a more effective, fair, and developmentally sound juvenile justice system that holds young people accountable for their actions, provides for their rehabilitation, protects them from harm, increases their life chances, and manages the risk they pose to themselves and to the public. The initiative is underway in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Washington, and through action networks focusing on key issues, in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Registration for the Girl Talk Dinner and Dialogue Event is Closed!

We have reached our capacity for registrations for the April 20th Girl Talk Dinner and Dialogue event. Thanks to all who have RSVP’d. We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, we strongly encourage those attending the dinner to read the following article and to look through the following online report about the criminalization of girls in Chicago to prepare for the discussion.

Check Out Films at Talking Pictures Festival!

Now in its third year, the Talking Pictures Festival celebrates independent films from around the world mixed with brand new offerings by local filmmakers. The festival will take place April 14 – 17, 2011.

This year the Festival is proud to present two inspiring documentaries that confront head-on the issues of sexual and domestic violence – TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, about the way art transforms a sexual abuse survivor’s life at Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project, and Sin By Silence, which documents a group of incarcerated women advocating against domestic violence.

Another film titled “Concrete, Steel, and Paint” focuses on how restorative justice can be used to build bridges between prisoners and community members.

More information about these films, as well as others in the Festival, can be found at here.