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Envisioning Justice Rapid Response: RE-FORM

Register below to attend Rapid Response: RE-FORM
April 14, 7 pm Central!

Join us for the latest installment of the Envisioning Justice Rapid Response Series, created by Illinois Humanities to share short original videos featuring perspectives and reflections from humanists, artists, and community organizers working in system-impacted communities during this complex time.

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s recent signing of the criminal justice omnibus reform bill HB-3653 has been subject to a wide spectrum of responses as many continue to learn about the bill’s potential implications on Illinoisans and the pursuit toward a more just criminal legal system.

In light of this, Rapid Response: RE-FORM will ask contributors to share their perspectives on the long-debated topic of criminal justice reform and what the term has meant to those dedicated to changing — or abolishing — our current systems of punishment, incarceration, and community safety. Rapid Response: RE-FORM will explore these questions:

  • What impact has reform legislation historically had on movements for long-term and progressive systemic change?
  • How is the notion of “re-forming”(amending or removing flaws from a given structure)  both fundamentally alike and different from the advocacy for a complete dismantling and replacement of our current systems?
  • What comes after HB-3653 and reform bills like it are signed into law?

Here to weigh in:

  • ANGEL BAT DAWID
  • GABRIELA JUAREZ
  • JAMES KILGORE
  • JENN CARRILLO
  • KY AJAYI
  • NAJEE ZAID SEARCY
  • PO’ CHOP
  • RENALDO HUDSON
  • SILVIA INES GONZALEZ

Hosted by TYREECE WILLIAMS and JANE BEACHY
Technical Direction by TONY SANTIAGO

Followed by a DJ set from the one and only L O KARI

Follow-up Conversation: April 15, 7pm Central

Illinois Humanities will also be hosting a follow-up conversation, facilitated by Envisioning Justice Fellow Meredith Nnoka, as a space to reflect on the perspectives shared during Rapid Response: RE-FORM within the context of the recent passing of HB-3653. This conversation will feature content experts and organizers who can provide helpful context to those who want to learn more specifically about the HB-3653 legislation. You can find more information here. 

If you register for RE-FORM below, you will receive a Zoom link and more information about the follow-up conversation. 

You can watch past programs on the Illinois Humanities YouTube channel. 

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