Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-04-25
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  PRESS RELEASES

Darrow event to focus on impact of poverty, racism on Cook County Jail
2016-02-27

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO — In 1902, famed attorney Clarence Darrow told a roomful of inmates in the Cook County Jail that people are in jail "simply because they cannot avoid it on account of circumstances which are entirely beyond their control." This year—when many of the inmates of Cook County Jail are still locked up because they cannot afford $5,000 bail, because they committed crimes of survival, or because they are mentally ill—the annual Darrow symposium on the seventy-eighth anniversary of Darrow's death ( Sunday, March 13 ) explores why this should still be true.

Speaking on the topic "Cook County Jail: Then and Now, The Impact of Poverty and Racism," Hanke Gratteau, who is director of the Cook County Sheriff's Justice Institute, will describe today's jail population and the efforts underway to create enlightened policies and practices regarding incarceration and housing evictions. Under Gratteau's leadership, the Institute mines data to expose the consequences of criminalizing homelessness, mental illness, drug dependency, and the devastating effects of generational poverty.

This year's event also includes a dramatic performance by actress and producer Fawzia Mirza of Darrow's famous 1902 address to the prisoners in Cook County Jail. Mirza uses performance, personal storytelling and comedy to break down stereotypes across a multiplicity of identities: race, religion, sexual orientation and gender.

The day begins with a brief ceremony and wreath-tossing near the Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park at 10 a.m., where Darrow's ashes were scattered after his death and where, as a bet, he once agreed his spirit would return if it turned out communication was possible from the afterworld. The bridge is closed due to construction, so the ceremony will be just to the east of the Darrow tribute marker. For the past 59 years, through the annual commemoration ceremony and lecture, Darrow's spirit has returned—usually to remind us that his work is not yet done.

After the ritual outdoor wreath-tossing, guests will move inside to the Museum of Science and Industry's Rosenwald Room ( formerly the Columbian Room ) for light refreshments and presentations at 10:45 by the featured speakers.

Darrow, who died March 13, 1938, is remembered for his crusading role as "attorney for the damned" in such controversial cases as the Scopes Monkey Trial, the Leopold and Loeb murder case, and the pardoning of the Haymarket anarchists.

DIRECTIONS: The Clarence Darrow Bridge is behind the Museum of Science and Industry. Since it is currently under constructions, the wreath-tossing ceremony will take place just east of the bridge. Driving south on Lake Shore Drive, pass the light at 57th Drive and turn right at the next light [Science Drive]. You will come almost immediately to Columbia Drive. If you turn left and follow Columbia Drive there is metered parking near the bridge. You may park at meters near the OmniMax Theater and walk south to the bridge.

For more details see www.darrowbridge.org .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Cosby guilty of assaulting lesbian 2018-04-26 - In Pennsylvania, a jury found Bill Cosby, 80, guilty of three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an out lesbian, in ...


Gay News

Chicago Immigrant Rights Organizer Wins Deportation Fight 2018-04-25 - April 25, 2015 — After five years in court proceedings this afternoon immigration judge, Eva S. Saltzman, granted Lulà Martinez's petition to remain ...


Gay News

Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed 2018-04-25 - HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan From an HRC press release: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human ...


Gay News

Chicago's i2i, Asian Pacific Islander Pride join amicus brief to Supreme Court 2018-04-25 - On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Donald Trump's third iteration of his anti-Muslim Travel Ban. ...


Gay News

Two Chicagoans make top LGBT lawyer list 2018-04-25 - Two Chicagoans have been named to the National LGBT Bar Association's 2018 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 list. Chirag Badlani is at partner ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT Another Black Harvard man arrested 2018-04-25 - I reside in Cambridge. And, the last time an unarmed Black Harvard man in Cambridge was arrested, it made the news. It was ...


Gay News

WORLD Pope Francis, Jamaica official, Pakistani trans murder 2018-04-24 - Pope Francis has invited a gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to meet with him at the Vatican, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans troops, Adam Rippon, Asian groups, bar controversy 2018-04-24 - The top officers of the Navy and Marines said that they have no evidence that unit morale and cohesion has been negatively affected ...


Gay News

Racial-justice workshop April 28 at Univ. Church 2018-04-24 - A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ...


Gay News

OUT at CHM Undocumented and Queer panel April 24 2018-04-23 - OUT at CHM: Undocumented and Queer will take place at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, Chicago on Tuesday April 24. The event ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.