This four-session course introduces the history of mass incarceration and issues surrounding the modern prison-industrial complex (PIC). Topics include:
- the connections between various players in the prison system
- gender, race, class, and sexuality biases in the prison system
- the history and development of the PIC
- the connections between prisons, systems, communities, and individuals
- creative thinking about a world without prisons and the possibilities for each of us to contribute to potentially bringing such a world into being.
This bulk of this program comes from a curriculum developed by The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex Teaching Collective, an all-volunteer group that organizes interactive workshops, film screenings, and trainings. This group aims to inspire and motivate people to take positive action against the mass incarceration system and to build a base of individuals who are committed to dismantling the PIC. This class focuses on education and practical steps to inspire, inform, and enable action, and on how to develop workable alternatives.
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Discussion Guide
- Introduction to the Prison Industrial Complex Workshop (PDF)
Participants of the CLF Prison Ambassador Certification Program are required to take this course. However, it is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the prison industrial complex.
We will meet at 12:00 noon Eastern Time on each of the following Tuesdays: November 7, 14, 28 and December 5, 2017. Each session will last two hours.
If you have a group of people who like to take this class together, please contact us and we can arrange for a custom meeting time that fits your group.
A reduced registration fee of $50 is available for members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. The fee is $90 if you are not a member. Join the CLF today.