Film Screening: Gerald Hankerson on Panel at UIC


Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson will join a discussion panel in connection with the double film screening of Waking in Oak Creek and A Prosecutor’s Stand at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

WHAT: STOP THE HATE! ReActing through Community Organizing

WHO: Sponsors—The Reva and David Logan Foundation, Not In Our Town, and the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago with other civil rights groups.  Panelists—Gerald Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator; Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney; and Reema Kapur, Executive Director at SAAPRI

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 3:00-5:30 PM

WHERE: James Stukel Towers Auditorium, 718 W. Rochford St., Chicago, IL 60607

RSVP: Free event but limited space, click here to RSVP

With the recent reported hate crime in the western suburb Darien against a Sikh American, these screenings and panel discussion will be a good opportunity to call out and explore the xenophobia and Islamophobia that persists.  At the same time, the event will foster meaningful and searching dialog regarding hate crimes and their effect on our communities.

Other panelists will include Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Reema Kapur, Executive Director of South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) in Chicago.

Register for the event online here.

The event is mainly sponsored by Not In Our Town (a primary program of the Oakland, CA based organization, The Working Group), UIC’s Department of Criminology, Law and Justice in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and The Reva and David Logan Foundation, a philanthropy organization that supports social justice, scholarship, arts, and investigative journalism. A host of UIC auxiliaries and community organizations also support the event, including South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI), a partner organization with CAIR-Chicago.

UIC’s goal in hosting this program is to promote dialogues between different organizations, agencies and community members in our city to identify ways to promote safe, inclusive communities for students, faculty and staff hailing across all backgrounds and demographics. The motive is to develop and enhance community partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and not-for-profit organizations and to further create a liaison between different groups and organizations in the UIC community. Most importantly, the goal is to create safer inclusive spaces and avenues for those students, staff and faculty that face hate and intolerance of some form at UIC or in their communities.

RSVP here.