Voices of Protest 


Voices of Protest offers unique events at the intersection of arts and activism. Writers from around the globe who are working in or visiting Chicago, including those who have inherited diasporic legacies from earlier generations, share work and reflections on the political situations that threaten free expression, in addition to the safety and well being, of artists everywhere. By featuring work that speaks out against, or has itself been subject to, censorship and other types of suppression, Voices of Protest emphasizes the importance of writing as a form of resistance and a means of establishing solidarity with oppressed and persecuted people everywhere. In the process, it highlights how refugees and other immigrants, and the oppressive policies that have brought so many here, have shaped the political and literary landscape of Chicago.


Join us for a powerful evening of dialogue between Dr. Tara Betts, the Literary Editor of New City, and author Cyntoia Brown-Long as they discuss her new book, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System. They will also reflect on the impact of trafficking in Black communities in recognition of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
We will also hear from Chicago-based surivor leader and advocate, Brenda Stewart, who will open the vening with her own testimony of surival and the work she does to advocate for and support other suriviors of exploitation and violence. There will be a Q+A with the audience towards the end of the program.
Free Cyntoia will be available for purchase throughout the program.
All proceeds go directly to Cyntoia Brown-Long.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2020
              6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Mandel Hall
               1131 E.. 57th Street
               Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $5-20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The event is open to those aged 13 and up and accessible to those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
For more information, please contact Nikki Patin at npatin@caase.org.

Parking Info:
Street parking is free and plentiful around the Reynold’s Club in the evenings and on the weekends. Visitor parking is also available in surface lots at University Avenue and 59th Street, Ellis Avenue and 56th Street, and in a garage at Ellis Avenue and 55th Street.
Learn more about this event here