Transgender woman released after retaliation for suing Illinois for prison transfer

CHICAGO — Strawberry Hampton, who had to sue the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to be moved to a women’s prison, was released this week. Hampton was kept in prison five months after her release date. Hampton, a transgender woman, sued the IDOC in 2018 to be moved to a women’s prison after being the target of abuse from guards and other inmates. The Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) and the MacArthur Justice Center, which represented Hampton in her lawsuit and in her clemency effort, say that she was kept in prison beyond as retaliatory punishment for reporting sexual abuse. She was transferred to a women’s prison at the very end of 2018.

Wakandacon – Inclusive Afro-Futuristic Con on July 26-28

CHICAGO — Wakandacon, a African-Americnan focused fan convention started after the huge success of Black Panther last year, is returning on July 26. From the Facebook event:
The cultural phenomenon Wakandacon is back for 2019! Wakandacon is a 3 day family-friendly Afrofuturistic celebration that speaks directly to issues being faced within the Black diaspora, with a focus on art, community, technology and self-expression. The Chicago Sun-Times named Wakandacon as one of Chicago’s top entertainment stories of 2018! Wakandacon is for comic nerds, pop culture buffs, big thinkers, techies, creatives, storytellers, gamers, science geeks, dreamers, makers, movers, shakers and anyone contributing to the culture!