Join us for a conversation with Mariame Kaba, moderated by Director of Human Rights Practice Alice Kim and Assistant Professor Reuben Jonathan Miller, as they discuss reparations for Jon Burge torture survivors, what justice looks like, and Mariame’s new book, We Do This ’Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice.
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Mariame is currently a researcher at Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, a project she co-founded with Andrea Ritchie in 2018.
Mariame has co-founded multiple other organizations and projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, Love & Protect, the Just Practice Collaborative, and Survived & Punished. Mariame serves on the advisory boards of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Critical Resistance, and the Chicago Community Bond Fund.
Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Nation Magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, In These Times, Teen Vogue, The New Inquiry, and more. She co-authored the guidebook Lifting As They Climbed and published a children’s book titled Missing Daddy about the impacts of incarceration on children and families.
Presented by the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; and the Mass Incarceration Working Group.