Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) aims to honor and to seek justice for the survivors of Chicago police torture, their family members and the African American communities affected by the torture. In 2010 CTJM, a group of attorneys, artists, educators, and social justice activists, put out a call for speculative memorials to recall and honor the two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago. This effort culminated in a major exhibition of 75 proposals and a year-long series of associated teach-ins, roundtables, and other public events in 2011-2013.CTJM now turns its attention to a campaign for reparations for those affected by Chicago Police torture, and to working in solidarity with other groups and individuals for racial justice and to end police violence and mass incarceration.

Left: the electrical device used for torture during interrogations by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.

 CTJM PROJECT PRESENTATION

Download a slideshow presentation about the CTJM project including a gallery of the memorial proposals that appeared in the Opening the Black Box exhibition.

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“The fight for justice in the torture cases will not be over until all Burge torture victims receive compensation for their suffering, the men in jail get fair hearings and Burge’s pension is taken from him.”

–– Ronnie Kitchen, torture survivor


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1180 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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REPARATIONS FOR THE CHICAGO POLICE TORTURE SURVIVORS

 

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago acknowledges that former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command systematically engaged in acts of torture, physical abuse and coercion of African American men and women at Area 2 and 3 Police Headquarters from 1972 through 1991; and 

 

WHEREAS, the acts of torture committed by Burge and detectives under his command included electrically shocking individuals on their genitals, lips and ears with an electric shock box or cattle prod; suffocating individuals with plastic bags; subjecting individuals to mock  execution with guns; physical beatings with telephone books and rubber hoses; and other forms of physical and psychological abuse; and

 

WHEREAS, Burge and his men committed these acts of torture and abuse to extract confessions from the victims which were subsequently admitted against them in their criminal prosecutions resulting in their wrongful convictions; and

 

WHEREAS, these acts of torture, physical abuse and coercion violate state, federal and international law and such acts are universally condemned worldwide; and  

 

WHEREAS, the trauma and damage caused by these heinous acts continue to deleteriously effect the torture survivors, their family members, African American communities and the City of Chicago; and

 

WHEREAS, the trauma and damage caused by these heinous acts will continue to cause egregious harm to those affected unless the City of Chicago and other municipal bodies enact reparations to mitigate the harm; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago has been complicit in the torture practices and tacitly supported those acts by expending more than $20 million of taxpayers’ funds to defend Burge and other detectives implicated in civil litigation brought by the torture survivors, and

 

WHEREAS, Mayor Emanuel has recently acknowledged that the torture scandal was a dark chapter in the history of the City of Chicago that stained its reputation and that he was sorry for it;

 

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago must officially acknowledge the torture that occurred in the City and resolve to never allow such acts to go undeterred and unpunished ever again, now therefore,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF CHICAGO AND

THE MAYOR OF CHICAGO:

 

'   Hereby issues a formal apology to the torture survivors, their family members, and other affected individuals and communities on behalf of the City of Chicago for the violations and harm incurred by these torture practices.

 

'   Hereby creates a Chicago Police Torture Reparations Commission that is responsible for administering financial reparations to the torture survivors to compensate them for the torture they endured.

 

'   Hereby creates a center on the south side of Chicago that will provide psychological counseling, health care services and vocational training to the torture survivors, their family members and others affected by law enforcement torture and abuse.

 

'   Hereby provides that all torture survivors and their family members be allowed to enroll in City Colleges and receive their education and degree for free.

 

'   Hereby calls on the Chicago Public School system to incorporate into its curriculum a history lesson about the Chicago Police torture cases and the struggles to hold those accountable and to seek reparations for the survivors and affected family members.

 

'   Hereby calls on local law enforcement officials to provide evidentiary hearings to the torture survivors who remain behind bars who had their coerced confessions used against in their criminal proceedings resulting in their wrongful convictions, and moreover, supports the torture survivors’ rights to have a full and fair opportunity to present evidence that demonstrates they were physically coerced into giving a confession.

 

'   Hereby commits to supporting the creation of public memorials that memorialize the Chicago Police Torture survivors and the struggle for justice on their behalf.

 

'   Hereby provides a minimum of $20 million to finance the Chicago Police Torture Reparations Commission, the center on the Southside Center, the creation of a curriculum and to fund the creation of public memorials set forth herein.

 

'   Hereby directs the Corporation Counsel to take whatever legal steps are available to support the stripping of Jon Burge’s pension.

5 - mile March

Dec. 16, 2014, noon – 5 p.m.

12 PM / Police Headquarters: Chicagoans will march about five miles from Chicago Police Headquarters, at 3510 S. Michigan Ave, to City Hall, at 121 N. LaSalle.

2 PM / City Hall, 5th Floor: Marchers will deliver a petition with over 45,000 signatures in support of the Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors ordinance. They will create a public memorial outside the Mayor's office and call for Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to pass the ordinance before the municipal elections this February.

March and public memorial honoring survivors of CPD torture and communities of color enduring ongoing police abuse, violence and murder in Chicago.

 

On Tuesday, December 16th, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), We Charge Genocide, Project NIA and Amnesty International will hold a five-mile march, then deliver a petition, reveal a list of nice & naughty alderpeople and hold and a memorial at City Hall to demand passage of the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors. 

 

On October 16, 2013, a Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors was introduced in Chicago’s City Council. It has already garnered the support of 26 alderpeople, with only one additional vote needed to pass the ordinance. Passage of the ordinance is also supported by the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

Organizers are asking Chicagoans represented by alderpeople not in support of the ordinance to take action: http://pastebin.com/248AcnE2

Schedule:

 

12 PM / Police Headquarters: Chicagoans will march about five miles from Chicago Police Headquarters, at 3510 S. Michigan Ave, to City Hall, at 121 N. LaSalle. 

 

2 PM / City Hall, 5th Floor: Marchers will deliver a petition with over 45,000 signatures in support of the Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors ordinance. They will create a public memorial outside the Mayor's office and call for Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to pass the ordinance before the municipal elections this February. 

 

Remote Action: Organizers are encouraging those who can't attend the action to participate via social media by using the #RahmRepNow hashtag to demand that Mayor Emanuel support the reparations ordinance, and by calling the Mayor’s office at 312-744-3300 to advocate for the ordinance.

 

Participants are asked to bring a photo, manifesto, memento, candle, sign, poem, or flower to City Hall.  

 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340660236117395/

 

"We give thanks to all who have stood up against the travesty of Chicago Police torture. We are making our grief, anger and determination seen and felt by coming together to demonstrate that we will not ignore the ongoing reality of police violence," says Martha Biondi, a member of Chicago Torture Justice Memorial. "We demand Mayor Emanuel offer his full support to the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors and are delivering petitions with over 45,000 signatures in support of it."

Reparations Ordinance Hearing

March 4, 2014, 5:13 p.m. – 5:13 p.m.

City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St, 2nd floor, City Council Chambers

The Finance Committee will be having a hearing on the reparations ordinance, date TBA. The proposed Ordinance calls for a formal apology to the survivors; creates a Commission to administer financial compensation to the survivors; creates a medical, psychological and vocational center on the south side for the survivors and their family members; provides free enrollment in City Colleges for the survivors and family members; requires Chicago Public schools to teach a history lesson about the cases; requires the City to fund public memorials about the cases; and sets aside $20 million to finance this redress, the same amount of money the City has spent to defend Burge, other detectives and former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Chicago Police torture cases.

A FILM FESTIVAL AGAINST TORTURE

Dec. 15, 2012, noon – 7 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th Floor

A screening of three powerful films about torture, featuring discussions with the filmmakers:

 

12:00–2:00 p.m.

THE END OF THE NIGHTSTICK by Peter Kuttner, Cyndi Moran, and Eric Scholl

As victims speak out, THE END OF THE NIGHTSTICK investigates charges of institutional racism, violence and cover-up. It also tell the story of a resistance movement, as local activist groups, including the Task Force to Confront Police Violence, refuse to let testimonies of police violence remain buried. 

 

2:15–3:30 p.m.

TO TURN A BLIND EYE by Jackie Rivet-River and John Lyons

This short documentary film, TO TURN A BLIND EYE, exposes police torture of African American Suspects by former police Commander Jon Burge. As investigative journalist Jon Conroy said, “…they all knew, all the officers, the State’s Attorneys as did many judges…and later there are 18 and there are 28 and there are 56 and now it’s at 112.  These are just guys we know about, there are many we don’t.

 

4:00–6:00 p.m.

BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD Ines Somer and Kathy Berger.

BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD interweaves the personal stories of four torture survivors who now reside in the U.S., but originally hail from different parts of the globe: South and Central America, Africa, and the U.S. This documentary paints a holistic portrait of survivors’ experiences, their path to healing, and life after torture.

I AM MEMORY: CHICAGO WRITERS AGAINST TORTURE

Nov. 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries: 33 S. State St., 7th Floor

Reception 5:30pm

Join us for an evening of fierce words with some of Chicago’s finest writers: performances and readings by Kevin Coval, Darby Tillis, Archy Obejas, Gary Younge, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Krista Franklin, and others. This reading is dedicated to the survivors, families, and communities who endured unspeakable acts of torture at the hands of Chicago police.

Presented as part of the Sullivan Galleries exhibition Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture 

organized by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project, on view through December 21.

Opening the Black Box—Reception

Oct. 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th floor
The show will run October 4 – December 21, 2012

Flier for the Opening the Black Box show at Sullivan Galleries.

For Proposals

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorial

 

Artists, Architects, Photographers, Writers, Poets, Musicians, Performers and Everyone Concerned with Justice!

We invite artists and those who seek justice to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize the Chicago Police torture cases. Over 100 African American men and women were tortured by white Chicago police officers and forced into giving confessions under former Commander Jon Burge. These memorial projects will serve as a public reckoning with police torture in Chicago and honor those who fought to stop it. We aim to make visible the social and political conditions that made torture possible, as well as the acts of courage that ended—or at least brought to light—the culture of impunity that thwarted justice for so long in this instance. Every submission will be an act of solidarity with torture survivors. We welcome proposals of radical imagination as we seek to honor the survivors of torture, their family members and the African American communities affected by the torture.

All submitted proposals will be exhibited at one or more of the following venues: Chicago area art galleries, community centers, and a dedicated website. We hope this project will help to build a social movement strong enough to deter these and other acts of torture and transform our broken criminal justice system.

 Download the call poster and help spread the word.

Sponsor
Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project
(CTJM Project)

Deadline
Ongoing

Venue
Sites throughout the Chicagoland area and a website

Eligibility
Submissions may be made by a person of any age and nationality.

Criteria for Proposals
A proposed monument may take any form – from architecture to haiku, from website to mural, from community organization to performance, from bronze plaque to large-scale memorial.

Submission Process
The submission can be in the form of a PDF, PPT, webpage, or other accessible electronic format. Non-electronic submissions will also be accepted.

email contact
justicememorials@gmail.com

mail to
Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project
c/o People's Law Office
1180 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, Illinois 60642

Kuumba Lynx's Powerful Performance Speaks Out Against Chicago Police Torture and Calls for Reparations March 30, 2015

Kuumba Lynx showed Chicago what it means to speak out against the cycle of police torture and genocide on Saturday. Their powerful performance highlighted the need for reparations -"Reparations are owed to the 110 black men":

Check out their incredible performance and congratulations Kuumba Lynx!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEfTKgT3ASo

Call Finance Committee Members on March 25 March 23, 2015

 

We have a hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance in the Finance Committee on April 14, 2015 at 10 a.m!  It will be our opportunity to present the torture survivors and our evidence to members of the Finance Committee and the public and demonstrate why this entire ordinance must be passed. 

 

It is important for the aldermen and women who support our ordinance to attend that meeting and publicly demonstrate their support for our ordinance with their presence and their votes.

 

On Wednesday, March 25, please call the finance committee members listed below, and ask them if they plan on attending the finance committee hearing on 4.14.15 at 10 a.m.  Ask them to commit to doing so.  

 

If you’re unsure who your alderperson is, check here. 

 

Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward)

Ward: 773.278.0101

City Hall: 312.744.3063

 

Pat Dowell (3rd Ward

Ward: 773.373.9273

City Hall: 312.744.8734

 

William Burns (4th Ward)

Ward: 773.536.8103

City Hall: 312.744.2690

 

Leslie Hairston (5th Ward)

Ward: 773.324.5555

City Hall: 312.744.6832

 

Toni Foulkes (15th Ward)

Ward: 773.863.0220

City Hall: 312.744.6850

 

Lona Lane (18th Ward)

Ward: 773.471.1991

City Hall:

312.744.6856

 

 

Willie B. Cochran (20th Ward)

Ward: 773.955.5610

City Hall: 312.744.6840

 

Howard Brookins (21st Ward)

Ward: 773.881.9300

City Hall: 312.744.4810

 

Ricardo Munoz (22nd Ward)

Ward: 773.762.1771

City Hall: 312.744.9491

 

Daniel Solis (25th Ward)

Ward: 773.523.4100

City Hall: 312.744.6845

 

Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward)

Ward: 312.432.1995

City Hall: 312.744.6124

 

Jason Ervin (28th Ward)

Ward: 773.533.0900

City Hall: 312.744.3066

 

Scott Waguespeck (32nd Ward)

Ward: 773.248.1330

City Hall: 312.744.6567

 

Carrie Austin (34th Ward)

Ward: 773.928.6961

City Hall: 312.744.6820

 

Rey Colon (35th Ward)

Ward: 773.365.3535

City Hall: 312.744.6835

 

Emma Mitts (37th Ward)

Ward: 773.379.0960

City Hall: 312.744.8019

 

Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward)

Ward: 312.642.4242

City Hall: 312.744.3062

 

Harry Osterman (48th Ward)

Ward: 773.784.5277

 

Joe Moore (49th Ward)

Ward: 773.338.5796

City Hall: 312.744.3067

 

Support Reparations Now for Chicago Police Torture Survivors March 22, 2015

We are in a pivotal moment in the movement for reparations and we are in need of money to help support the work we do.  Please consider donating to CTJM here to help further support the campaign to pass the Reparations Ordinance.  

Finance Committee Announces A Hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance March 16, 2015


CHICAGO — Today, Chairman Ed Burke of Chicago’s Finance Committee announced the committee will hold a hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance on April 14, 2015 at 10 a.m.  Dozens of organizers and activists were present to demonstrate their support for the ordinance. 

The ordinance has been stalled in the Finance Committee since it was filed in City Council on October 16, 2013 by Aldermen Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and Howard Brookins (21st Ward).  Several organizations, including Amnesty International, BYP100, Chicago Light Brigade, CTJM, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide have held rallies, demonstrations, and marches over the last three months to demand a public hearing on the ordinance and to call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s aldermen and women to fully support the ordinance and commit to its immediate passage in City Council.


“We are pleased that we are finally going to have a hearing on the ordinance.  We look forward to having the day when the people of Chicago will hear from the torture survivors and international human rights experts as to why this must be passed,” said Alice Kim of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.  “Burge’s reign of torture started over forty-two years ago.  It is now past due for Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago to take responsibility for the egregious harm inflicted by Burge and his men and provide the torture survivors and family members the compensation and services they so richly deserve.”


The ordinance is supported by Cook County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Jesus (Chuy) Garcia, 29 City aldermen and women, and numerous other political and civil leaders in Chicago.  This past November, the United Nations Committee Against Torture also called upon the City of Chicago to enact the ordinance.


"We are looking forward to the day when the reparations ordinance is passed by the City Council so that the survivors of Burge's torture can receive a measure of justice for their suffering and trauma,” said Mariame Kaba, founder and executive director of Project NIA. “Until that time, we will continue to fight for justice with them. We appreciate the hearing and still need Mayor Emanuel to declare his full support for the ordinance."

Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA said in response to the announcement of the hearing: “A public hearing on the reparations ordinance is a critical and necessary step toward the justice that Chicago police torture survivors need to heal, but the struggle is not yet over. More than four decades after Jon Burge first began his legacy of torture on Chicago's south side, it’s long past time for city officials, including Mayor Emanuel, to stand on the right side of history and unequivocally support reparations for torture survivors,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It’s crucial that the city of Chicago ensure full and adequate reparations without any further delay so that justice delayed does not become justice denied.”


The Ordinance serves as a formal apology to the survivors; creates a Commission to administer financial compensation to the survivors; creates a medical, psychological, and vocational center on the south side of Chicago; provides free enrollment in City Colleges to the survivors; requires Chicago Public schools to teach a history lesson about the cases; requires the City to fund public memorials about the cases; and sets aside $20 million to finance all of this redress ­– approximately the same amount of money the City has spent to defend Burge, other detectives and former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Chicago Police torture cases. 

 

"The damage done by Burge and his men is irreversible and will remain a stain on Chicago's reputation and collective consciousness for decades to come. It is our duty to help these victims and their families, and it is a moral and ethical imperative.  It is our hope that the healing and forgiving process can begin with the passage of this legislation.  The hearing brings us one step closer to getting this ordinance passed,” said Proco (Joe) Moreno, co-sponsor of the ordinance.


The ordinance was drafted to address the fact that over 120 African American men and women have been subjected to racially-motivated torture, including electric shock, mock executions, suffocation and beatings by now former Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates from 1972 through 1991.  Although Burge was convicted in federal court for perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from the torture cases in 2010, he continues to draw a taxpayer funded pension, while scores of Chicago Police Torture survivors continue to suffer from the psychological effects of the torture they endured without any compensation, assistance, or legal redress.

 

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29 Chicago Alderpeople Now Endorse the Chicago Police Torture (Burge) Reparations Ordinance! March 5, 2015

Today, after a moving and powerful presentation in support of the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance by Connect Force, Elephant Rebellion, KINETIC of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago, Kuumba Lynx and Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Task Force, Alderman Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward signed on and agreed to co-sponsor the Chicago Police Torture (Burge) Reparations Ordinance.

Now, 29 of the City’s aldermen and women support the Reparations Ordinance!

The organizers of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) Project:

Dorothy Burge is the Internship Coordinator for Associated Colleges of the Midwest. She also teaches seminars on systematic racism, criminal justice, and social problems.

Sali Vickie Casanova, educator/artist/activist, is a member of the US Human Rights Network and Black People Against Police Torture. Much of her cultural work with youth and educators confronts abuses of justice in the U.S. juvenile system especially in communities of color. She holds the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from Columbia College, MBA and BA degrees from Indiana University, and recently received the Award for Excellence in Urban Studies and Community Development from IU Northwest. Ms. Casanova's efforts as teaching/performing artist are dedicated to empowering youth and activists to transform the movement for social justice and human rights.

Adam Green is Associate Professor of History and the College and Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division at The University of Chicago, concentrates in U.S. history and African American history. He is author of Selling the Race: Culture Community and Black Chicago, 1940-1955 and co-editor of Time Longer Than Rope: A Century of African American Activism. Adam has lectured on campuses and community venues, and has appeared on WTTW (PBS) Chicago, WBEZ Chicago (radio), Al-Jazeera, BBC (radio) and C-SPAN. He’s been involved in community initiatives in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles related to police accountability and educational justice.

Alice Kim is a cultural organizer, writer and a longtime anti-death penalty and criminal justice reform activist. She is on the editorial board of In These Times magazine and the advisory board of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University Law School. She is also the director of The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, that creates spaces for public conversations about social, political and cultural issues.

Carla Mayer's primary work focus is as an arts administrator and program manager for a municipal agency. She is a committed youth developer and creative activist. As an installation artist and sculptor, her work focuses on silenced voices, elemental materiality and including non-artists in the process of art-making. She has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary art from Columbia College, a bachelor’s degree in literary theory from Brown University and is a state certified art teacher.

Joey Mogul, is a partner at the Peoples Law Office in Chicago, Illinois and director of DePaul University' civil rights clinic.  Mogul has been involved in the campaign for justice for Chicago police torture survivors for the past fourteen years both as an attorney and as an activist.  Mogul was one of the founding members of the Campaign to Prosecute Police Torture and traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to successfully present the Chicago police torture cases to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in 2006.

A. Laurie Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher. She has shown her visual work, which takes various forms as sculpture, installation and public projects, nationally and internationally, and she has published her writing in art journals and as independent projects. Her work has received support from the Louis Tiffany Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Graham Foundation, the ArtCouncil (now Artadia), and the Radcliffe Institute. Palmer teaches in the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Amy Partridge is an artist, activist, and Associate Director of Gender Studies at Northwestern University. As a Mess Hall "key-holder," she has organized events, exhibitions, and extensive collaborative projects with Iraq Veterans Against the War/Warrior Writers, Tamms Year Ten, White Rose Catholic Worker, Sewing Rebellion, AREA, Project NIA, and a reading group with Danville prisoners. She is a collective member of Cheap Art for Freedom Collective, Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor, and the Slow-Motion Research-Action Collective. From 2009-2011, she was a community representative and Chair of the "Arts & Other" Committee in the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Process.

Mary Patten is a visual artist, video-maker, writer, educator, and political activist. In all her work, she seeks to address collisions as well as alignments between the worlds of “politics” and art-making. Her book-length essay, Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective, was recently published by Half Letter Press. She has exhibited and screened her work widely, and has directed, curated, and participated in many large-scale collaborative art projects for over thirty years, including Pathogeographies (with Feel Tank Chicago), “Depression: What is it Good For?” at the Gene Siskel Film Center; Project Enduring Look; Group Material’s “Your Message Here” (with ACT UP/Chicago); Artists’ Call against Intervention in Central America; and Cityarts Workshop. She teaches in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sarah Ross is an artist who creates forms like clothing, signage and postcards to visualize struggles around space, class, access, and gender.  She often works collaboratively on projects such as Compass and Regional Relationships. Sarah teaches at The School of the Art Institute Chicago and works with incarcerated artists at an Illinois state prison. Images and ideas can be found at www.insecurespaces.net

Ellen Rothenberg's work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative practices. She is a recipient of grants from the NEA, the Bunting (now Radcliffe) Institute, Engelhard Foundation, LEF Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Rothenberg's work has been presented at London's Royal Festival Hall; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Museum London, Ontario; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts; and CUNY’s James Gallery NYC; among others. Rothenberg teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ben Stagl is an interdisciplinary artist, industrial designer, and community educator. His projects range in scale from the intimate to the civic scale and are informed both by a thurough understanding of classical traditions as well as a passion for advanced digital practices.  Stagl is largely concerned with how humans continue to address and experience the commons.  His projects have received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Cultures Council, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, The Chicago Pop-Up Loop Alliance, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Stagl instructs workshops at colleges around Oregon and Illinois and he currently directs development at West Supply in Chicago and practices design with his collaborative studio ChiLab.

Brett Stockdill is an educator, writer, and activist. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Latino & Latin American Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.

Jan Susler, a lawyer since 1976, has been a partner at the People’s Law Office since 1982, with a focus on police misconduct civil rights, political prisoners and prisoners’ rights including litigation, advocacy and educational work around control unit prisons. Her work with the Puerto Rican Independence Movement and with progressive movements challenging U.S. foreign and domestic policies has been a constant throughout her career. Attorney for the Puerto Rican political prisoners for over three decades, she served as lead counsel in the efforts culminating in the 1999 presidential commutation of their sentences. She continues to represent those who remain imprisoned.

The Advisory Board for the CTJM project include:

  • Locke Bowman, Legal Director of the Mac Arthur Justice Center
  • Darrell Cannon, Chicago Police Torture survivor
  • Sali Vickie Casanova, Cultural Artist/Educator, Black People Against Police Torture
  • Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern Children Family and Justice Center
  • Mary Fabri, Director, Torture Treatment Services & International Training of the
  • Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center
  • Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago
  • Anthony Holmes, Chicago Police Torture survivor
  • Mariame Kaba, Founder and Director of Project NIA
  • Kevin Kaempf, Artist and Educator
  • Ronald Kitchen, Chicago Police Torture Survivor
  • Mary L. Johnson, Activist and mother of Chicago Police torture survivor Michael Johsnon
  • Andrea Lyon, Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases, DePaul University College of Law
  • Erica Meiners, Critical Resistance, Chicago
  • Mary D. Powers, Coordinator of Citizens Alert
  • Michaela Purdue, Community Organizer and Human Rights Advocate
  • Therese Quinn, Activist/Teachers for Social Justice
  • Jane Ramsey, Executive Director, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Howard Saffold, Positive Anti-Crime Thrust
  • Mario Venegas, Human Rights Activist
  • G. Flint Taylor, People's Law Office
  • Standish Willis, member of National Conference of Black Lawyers, founder of Black People Against Police Torture