Past Event

Envisioning Justice Rapid Response Series: REFUGE


The Envisioning Justice Rapid Response Series was created by Illinois Humanities to share short, original videos featuring perspectives and reflections from humanists, artists, and community organizers working in system-impacted communities amidst the coronavirus pandemic. During this time when many feel isolated, we hope this series can help to remind us of our undeniable interconnectedness.

Hosted by Tyreece Williams and Jane Beachy
Technical Direction by Tony Santiago

Tune in live Wednesday, May 6th on the Illinois Humanities YouTube Channel. 


While most of us take refuge at home, tens of thousands of incarcerated Illinoisans grapple with how to stay safe in living environments that are largely out of their control.


José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal
Kristiana Rae Colón, The #LetUsBreathe Collective
Maira Khwaja, South Side Weekly
Nick Smaligo, Carbondale Spring
Shiyaa Mitchell, Circles & Ciphers
Tricia Hersey, The Nap Ministry
Sarah Ross + Damon Locks, Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project
The Chicago Community Bond Fund

Followed by a DJ set from LO KARI of Free Write Arts & Literacy

Envisioning Justice is funded by the Art for Justice Fund, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.