Welcome to our two-day virtual conference - (Re)Claiming Our Love: Social Justice & Domestic Violence.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to end society’s tolerance of domestic violence and social injustice at the second annual virtual conference, hosted by The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to advance their understanding on models in the anti-violence and anti-oppression space that are focused on intersectionality, racial justice, abolition, decarceration and transformative justice to best serve survivors. 

Over the course of the two days, we’ll hear from activists, advocates and practitioners who are relentlessly using these approaches and models in their effort to create a violence-free world. 

The conference will center critical conversations on social justice and equity approaches and frameworks that directly influence interventions and solutions for domestic violence and other forms of violence. 

CEUs for ICDVP/CPAIP, LSW/LCSW, and LPC/LCPC will be provided for $13. Participants seeking CEUs must register and submit attendance by completing the session evaluation forms linked within each session. >> Register for CEUs HERE.

*Please note that this is a working schedule and times are subject to change.
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Friday, March 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Seeing and Hearing Incarcerated Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

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I would love to pass on some information to the attendees of the Look At Me session on Friday. I know there was a lot of interest in the chat about how to support incarcerated survivors, as well as supporting the panelists specifically. The panelists were truly moved by all of the support and love shown. All five of the panelists have current legal campaigns for their freedom, and supporters can help by coming to court, writing letters to stakeholders, and more. Here are a few other suggestions for people who want to get involved:

1. Sign up for the WJI mailing list to hear about upcoming events (including email events to survivors), donation drives, legislative efforts, and more. The link to sign up is http://eepurl.com/hvpK3n.

2. Donate to help us restart in-person visitation through the Reunification Ride, a program to bring children and caregivers to visit Logan and Decatur Correctional Centers. We hope to restart in time to celebrate Mother's Day. The rides have been halted since March of 2020, with most families not visiting since December of 2019. The link to donate is https://www.mightycause.com/story/Reunificationride2022.

3. Donate to support the WJI Survival Fund, which supports people inside of women's prisons, as well as formerly incarcerated women who have urgent needs. The link is https://gofund.me/d41f1f7a.

4. You can write to the five panelists via USPS. Please do not use any marker or crayon, stickers, glitter, or embossed paper. Their addresses are:

Erika Ray, R85858
PO Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656 

Jeanine Elam, R81206
PO Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656 

Sharonda Miller, R84628
PO Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656 

Janet Jackson, N77201
PO Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656 

Debraca Harris, R88048
PO Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656 

5. If you'd like to donate to any of the commissary funds for the panelists, please email Alexis Mansfield at alexis@womensjusticeinstitute, and she can explain how to do so.

To view full performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7aB4-jqG-A

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Alexis Mansfield

Women's Justice Institute and Ascend Justice
Alexis Mansfield is the Senior Advisor for Children and Family issues at the Women’s Justice Institute, where she focuses on the barriers between maternal/child connections, reducing punitive responses for survivors of gender-based violence, and works toward decarceration of women... Read More →
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Erika Ray

Erika Ray is a Black Muslim Chicago native, mother and grandmother. Erika is a writer whose work has been published by Injustice Watch, the Resentencing Project (Tufts University), and more. Erika will also be featured in an upcoming documentary by Marie Claire. In addition to being... Read More →
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Dr. Rev. Janet Jackson

Dr. Rev. Janet Jackson is a 67 year-old survivor of domestic violence. She has served 36 years in prison on a “LWOP” (life without the possibility of parole) sentence. However, she is still going strong and advocating for change inside and outside. She has drafted legislation... Read More →
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Debraca Harris

Debraca Harris is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. On the same spectrum of surviving, she is also a proud mother and grandmother. In fighting for her own life, she has become an advocate for herself and others. She is strong, resilient, kind, enthusiastic, and determined... Read More →
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Sharonda Miller

Sharonda Miller is a Survivor of domestic violence, a racially motivated conviction, and systemic brutality; having served 20 years of an unjust sentence of 30 years, she is a crusader for criminal justice reform, an abolitionist advocating for Justice, Equality and Humane Treatment... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT