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We Are Witnesses: Chicago

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Harold Washington Library Center


The Marshall Project and WBEZ present the launch of We Are Witnesses: Chicago. Giving voice to crime victims and perpetrators; police offices and the families of people in jail; prison guards and judges and residents of violent neighborhoods, these videos specifically involve diverse Chicago communities in a real conversation about criminal justice. A selection of films from the new series will be shown, followed by a panel discussion with the Witnesses introduced by Shannon Heffernan from WBEZ and moderated by Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project.

The panelists include:

Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton- Parents of Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed by gun violence.

Carrie Steiner - Former Chicago police officer and clinical psychologist

Xavier McElrath-Bey - Formerly incarcerated as a juvenile

Dr. Nneka Jones - Former warden of Cook County Jail

In creating We Are Witnesses, I wanted to expose the profound injustices and inefficiencies in our system of crime and punishment. As the witnesses reveal themselves, the films become more a celebration of the strength of everyday men and women,” said Neil Barsky, founder of The Marshall Project and creator of We Are Witnesses. “My hope is that We Are Witnesses will make us reexamine the toll of mass incarceration, while also honoring how those who encounter the system retain their dignity.” 

Media sponsors: WBEZ, The Chicago Reader and Univision Chicago. We Are Witnesses: Chicago is produced by The Marshall Project in partnership with Kartemquin Films and Illinois Humanities. This program is presented in collaboration with Chicago Public Library.

Registration is requested. To register, CLICK HERE. Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is available first come, first served.

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