Before I let go, I want to introduce to you the reason you all have been introduced to me in the first place. In 2016, I worked with Hope Dector and @lewispants in partnership with the Barnard Center for Research on Women and Project NIA to create ‘Don’t Be A Bystander” in preparation for the uptick in hate motivated violence related to the 2016 election.
Project NIA is a grassroots organization that works to end the arrest, detention, and incarceration of children and young adults by promoting restorative justice practices, and is founded and directed by community organizer, educator, and curator Mariame Kaba.
Mariame’s work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transforming justice, and supporting youth leadership development. Mariame has also co-founded other organizations, including the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, and the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team.
Mariame is an acknowledged expert on the topic of youth incarceration, with recent appearances on NBC News, the Guardian, and Vice. She is also available to consult or facilitate workshops on topics such as juvenile justice, youth leadership development, the prison industrial complex, curriculum development and evaluation, and research support. Mariame has received numerous honors and awards (mariamekaba.com/honors) for her work over the years, including the 2019 Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice, the 2019 Visionary Voice Award, and the Essence Magazine 2018 #Woke100.
Mariame is currently a researcher in residence on race, gender, sexuality, and criminalization at the Social Justice Institute of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. After more than 20 years of living and organizing in Chicago, she moved back to her hometown of New York City in 2016.
Here is Mariame Kaba in her own words, and check the link in bio on more ways to engage her work.
Toodles! - @aarynnlang