We are proud to present Mariame Kaba as our speaker this Sunday in the Comfort Society series of talks sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.
Kaba is an organizer, educator, curator and writer whose work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. At Comfort Society, Kaba will use the current exhibition "Blood at the Root: Unearthing the Stories of State Violence against Black Women and Girls" as the basis for a conversation about the realities of the criminalization, killing, and brutalization of a group too often neglected.
Prior to co-curating “Blood at the Root,” Kaba co-curated "No Selves to Defend," which featured the stories of women of color who have been criminalized for self-defense. The exhibition examined the contested meanings as well as historical and contemporary understandings of self-defense. It located Marissa Alexander’s story within a broader historical context and legacy. The exhibition also addressed the campaigns and mobilizations that emerged to resist their criminalization and demand their freedom. Finally, it considered how we can support current survivors of violence who have been criminalized for self-defense.
Kaba founded and directs Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration and she is also the co-founder of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team and the Chicago Freedom School. Her work has been widely recognized and awarded many honors.
Comfort Society is a series of talks on anything from the useful to the unexpected. Talks take place Sundays at noon and coffee is served.