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Challenges in Combatting Torture: A Conversation with Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

April 24, 2012, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

International House Assembly Hall
1414 E. 59th St.
Hyde Park, Chicago

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials is a proud co-sponsor of this important conversation on torture:

"Challenges in Combatting Torture: A Conversation with Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture"

Tuesday, April 24, 7pm

Presented by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program

Juan E. Mendez is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the author ­ with Marjorie Wentworth ­of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights. Until May 2009, he was the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice. Concurrently, he was Kofi Annan's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (2004­-2007). Between 2000 and 2003 he was a member of the Inter­-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and its President in 2002. He teaches human rights at American University in Washington and at Oxford University (UK). In the past he has taught also at Notre Dame Law School, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. He worked for Human Rights Watch (1982-­1996) and directed the Inter-­American Institute on Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica (1996-­1999). As a labor and human rights lawyer in Argentina, Mendez was himself imprisoned and tortured during Argentina's "Dirty War."

Free and open to the public with a book­signing to follow.

republished from http://www.propellerfund.org/

Open House

March 17, 2012, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St, Chicago

Come to our OPEN HOUSE and find out everything you need to know to submit a proposal for a speculative monument that memorializes police torture in Chicago and the struggle against it.

JOIN US as we launch our fabulous new website including:

  • an archive of media history on the Burge torture cases
  • video testimonials by torture survivors
  • sample memorials
  • and more

PLUS...

  • a special performance by FM Supreme illustrates the power of poetry as a memorial to the torture survivors 
  • a short presentation by NEIU students shows how class projects can result in original memorials
  • a WANTS and NEEDS bulletin board provides concrete ways for you to get involved with this project from outreach to fundraising to setting up roving exhibitions
  • mix and mingle with activists, artists and educators over tasty refreshments

UPDATE

Images from the CTJM Open House:

Creative Activism and the CTJM

Nov. 10, 2011, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave.

Join us to explore the use of creative activism in the struggle for justice in the Chicago police torture cases. Civil rights attorney Larry Kennon will host this dialogue with torture survivors, artists and activists.

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project invites artists and justice seekers to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize the Chicago police torture cases. Our goal is to honor the survivors of torture, their family members and the African American communities affected by the torture. The monument will also recall and honor the nearly 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.

Sponsored by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Black People Against Police Torture, and The Propeller Fund.

Torture Survivors: A Roundtable

Oct. 29, 2011, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Student Lounge
700 E. Oakwood Blvd, Chicago

Torture survivors–Darrell Cannon, Mark Clements, David Bates and Anthony Holmes–will speak about their experiences and share their insights on the creation of a monument to memorialize the Chicago police torture cases and the ongoing struggle for justice.

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project invites artists and justice seekers to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize the Chicago police torture cases. Our goal is to honor the survivors of torture, their family members and the African American communities affected by the torture. The monument will also recall and honor the nearly 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. Sponsored by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project and the NEIU Sociology Department, African American Studies Program and the Women’s Studies Program

Update:

Video of the event can be found on the History page.

Design Charrette Featuring Preston Jackson

Aug. 7, 2011, noon – 4 p.m.

Experimental Station at 61st and Dorchester

Please join us for a design workshop in the Woodlawn neighborhood  to generate ideas for proposals for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.

The charrette is an intensive planning and design session where project organizers and artist-mentors offer contextual/historical insights and work with participants to facilitate creative work.

12 noon – 1 pm: An introduction to the project for those who are new to it.

1 – 3:00 pm: Creativity exercises and small group discussions to generate ideas for proposals in all media and forms.

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Artist Preston Jackson will present examples of his work creating public memorials, including a bust of Fred Hampton, and a memorial to the Springfield Race Riot (www.prestonjacksonart.com).

This workshop/charrette on August 7 will consider a wide range of media and formats for memorial proposals. We envision holding future charrettes at schools, prisons, community centers, churches, and other sites over the next 6 months. Some of these will address creating proposals in specific formats, for example: music, dance, site-based sculpture, spoken word, etc. Please continue to check our website (or email us at: justicememorials@gmail.com) for information on future charrettes.

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