Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

To expose phone companies charging exorbitant rates and bring justice to families who have loved ones incarcerated by making affordable the cost of phone calls from jails and prisons in Illinois.

“Kick the Kickbacks” Screened in Chicago

May 31, 2015 | by admin

The premier of our video “Kick the Kickbacks” in Chicago.

On Saturday, May 23, we screened our video “Kick the Kickbacks” at the Little Village Community Church in Chicago. We were fortunate to be joined by Mariame Kaba, of Project NIA, as well as members of the Chicago chapter of Black and Pink.

After the screening, we had a panel with some of those in the video including Greg Gaither, Mary Haywood-Benson, and James Kilgore. There was also a performance by formerly incarcerated spoken word artists Edmund Buck and Dorleena Kolakowski.

In discussion, we talked about how expensive phone calls were emblematic of the larger prison industrial complex which seeks to profit from the misery of those behind bars and their families.

We also came up with ideas of how we could build more ties between those in Chicago and those of us downstate.