Presented by artist Jenny Polak, the podium is a deployable speakers' corner that is both functional and symbolic. Installed and activated on the lawn of the Comfort Station for 5 weeks, it will provide a focus for presentations by local social justice groups including the summer youth program of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and artist performers. It will then travel to additional locations such as campuses in Chicago, to Gary, IN and other communities targeted by the for-profit prison industry's ongoing Midwest expansion efforts.
Inspired by the effective coalition of citizens and immigrants/non-citizens who fought successfully to block the building of a new for-profit detention center by Corrections Corporation of America in Crete, IL, the Speakers' Podium's contrasting two halves rely on each other. Suburban house collides with prison fence to invoke the needed voices and ever-presence of the incarcerated/detained among the free in a country that locks up 2 million.
This Sunday's event features poet Luis Tubens, aka Logan Lu.