The Prison Industrial Complex Teaching Collective
The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is an all-volunteer group that organizes interactive workshops, film screenings, and trainings which aim to inspire action. We also produce educational materials and resources. We provide opportunities for youth and adults to explore issues related to mass incarceration. We focus on practical steps to inspire, inform, and enable action, and on how to develop workable alternatives.
Our primary goals are to inspire and motivate people to take positive action against the mass incarceration system and to build a base of individuals across the city who are committed to dismantling the PIC.
Other goals of the PIC Teaching Collective include:
- To offer popular education workshops and coordinate a week-long institute about the nature and impact of the PIC in local communities across Chicago.
- To develop curriculum units and other educational materials in order to put useful tools in the hands of people fighting to dismantle the PIC.
- To continue to deepen our own understanding about the PIC through education
The Chicago PIC Teaching Collective has developed a PIC 101 curriculum for a 4 hour introductory workshop.
In addition, the Collective created a zine titled "The PIC Is" with our friend artist Billy Dee to educate the general public about the ravages of the prison industrial complex.