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The Lab is thrilled to welcome Alex Y. Ding as our Summer 2020 Activist-in-Residence. Alex is an organizer, filmmaker, and writer based in Chicago. She is currently the Chicago organizer for Parole Illinois. Prior to that, Alex organized with Chicago Student Action and #CareNotCops, and has organized in Chicago around racial and economic justice for six years.

Alex has produced videos for movement groups across the country and her work has appeared in WBEZ, Chicago Reader, In These Times, Huffington Post, and more. She received a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies and Anthropology from the University of Chicago, where she was a 2016 Human Rights Intern and the 2018 Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Human Rights.

Stay tuned for news about a training on the prison industrial complex that Alex is developing for people with lived experience of the carceral system. We’re excited to share this and other news about Alex’s work with you in the coming months!