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If You Want Peace, Fight for Justice
St. James Cathedral
Chicago, IL
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If You Want Peace, Fight for Justice
An evening discussion with Angela Davis on gun violence, social justice activism and the work we must do to build a path forward.

Saturday, September 7th  
Doors open at 6:30 - Program begins at 7pm
St. James Cathedral
65 East Huron
Wabash and Huron, Chicago
Free and open to the public, RSVP Required
This space is wheelchair accessible, for other accessibility needs, please contact

Keynote Speaker: Angela Davis
Special Guest and Commentator: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
Moderator: Cheryl Corley
Panelists: Ryan Hollon (YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Initiative), Mariame Kaba (Project Nia), Ameena Matthews (Violence Interrupter), Henry Cervantes (Marquette University Peace Works Program)

The focus of the first annual Bending the Arc Symposium will be gun violence as a social, racial and economic justice issue.  The discussion will be framed around the ways that young people, their families and their communities have been harmed by the actual violence as well as the ways that policy makers, law enforcement officials, social service providers, the media and, in some cases community leaders have responded to the problem.  At best, common intervention strategies focus on overly simplified notions of "perpetrators" and "innocent victims" that result in uncoordinated and short-term responses to crisis situations.  Worse, the problem of gun violence has promoted a way of speaking in racially coded language about  young people of color (mostly men) that normalizes them as legitimate targets of harsh law enforcement from the criminal legal system.  

Event Co-Sponsors
Black Youth Project
Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media at Columbia College
Crossroads Fund
The Institute For Research On Race and Public Policy at UIC
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
First Defense Legal Aid
National Lawyers Guild of Chicago
Public Square
Project Nia
Saint James Cathedral
Woods Fund of Chicago

For more information on Bending the Arc: The Robert Howard Annual Symposium, see



St. James Cathedral (View)
65 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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