Chicago Girl Talk Collective Fundraiser!

Quennect 4 Gallery presents:
(Everyone’s Music Politics Activist Community Throwdown)

a fundraising event for


July 20, 2013
9p – ??
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.




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



Visual artists:

**** Donation’s accepted 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

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.

For more information or press please contact:


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:


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 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.


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

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.


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.

Raise Dough For Girl Talk This Friday by Eating Food…

This Friday, please help support Girl Talk by eating at Pompei. Mention Girl Talk when you pay and we will receive 20% of everything sold. It’s simple! Eat and we make some money. Please spread the word… You can download the flier here.

Update about Self-Care Days for Incarcerated Girls

First, we would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us to offer their time and to make contributions to our self-care days for incarcerated girls. Eighteen (18) of us will be volunteering our time to provide yoga, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, ear acupuncture, guided self-imagery, intuitive readings and more to the young women at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) on December 17th. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon.

Sixteen (16) volunteers are signed up to offer chair massages, reiki, ear accupuncture, manicures, makeup demonstrations, aromatherapy and much more to the young women at IYC-Warrenville on December 18th.

We are grateful to everyone who has stepped up to volunteer for both days.

We also want to thank some young women from Francis Parker High School who have stepped up to organize a collection drive for the young women at JTDC and Warrenville. We are grateful for their interest and so appreciative that they are taking an interest in incarcerated girls.

We remind everyone that we will be accepting donations until December 10th.

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:

You can download a flier here

Think About Incarcerated Girls During This Holiday Season!

We at Girl Talk feel blessed in our own lives.  We can’t wait to officially kick off our programming with the young women at the JTDC in January 2011.  In the meantime, over 35 of us will be together on December 11th for a day-long training in preparation for our January re-launch.  We can’t wait.

During this holiday season, we hope that those of you who care about issues involving young women and the juvenile legal system will find a way to contribute.  Girl Talk is collecting supplies.  You can find our list of needs on this blog.

We are also raising money for an emergency fund that will bear the name of Wenona Thompson.  We accept donations of any amount.  Contact us at for more information.


How You Can Help Girl Talk…

We’ve been asked by a number of people who cannot volunteer as program facilitators if there are other ways that they can support our work.  There definitely are and we are attaching a list of ways to support Girl Talk here.

Some of our needs include someone who can design a Girl Talk t-shirt which we will use to fundraise for this effort and which we will also give to the young women who participate in the program.  We are looking for people to organize supply drives on their campuses, at their places of work, and in their communities. We need someone to design a logo for Girl Talk.  The list is endless but we just mentioned a few in the handout.