BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//United Nations of Chicago - ECPv4.9.12//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:United Nations of Chicago X-ORIGINAL-URL: X-WR-CALDESC:Events for United Nations of Chicago BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:UTC BEGIN:STANDARD TZOFFSETFROM:+0000 TZOFFSETTO:+0000 TZNAME:UTC DTSTART:20190101T000000 END:STANDARD END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20191210 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20191211 DTSTAMP:20191209T024122 CREATED:20191105T163814Z LAST-MODIFIED:20191126T215545Z SUMMARY:2019 Human Rights Day Event & Volunteer Engagement Fair DESCRIPTION:2019 Human Rights Day Event & Volunteer Engagement Fair\nBuy tickets HERE \nUNA-Chicago is proud to present a unique event to recognize International Human Rights Day. On December 10\, attendees will be able to learn about\, and participate in (if they choose) a poetry slam with a focus on what human rights look like for different people. \nProceeds will benefit the Adopt-a-Future initiative\, which provides life-saving support for Rohingya refugees through the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. \nThe evening will begin with a focused writing workshop to teach attendees the skills to empathize\, evoke emotion about those different from you\, and to try to understand the impact of having human rights revoked. \nMembers\, non-members\, extroverts with no poetry experience\, introverts who want to perform a poem\, sideliners who just want to observe…everyone is invited! \nThe event will also include UNA-Chicago’s annual meeting and elections. \nThis event is inspired by Nikki Patin\, a UNA-Chicago partner in her role at the Chicago Alliance Against Exploitation (CAASE). Nikki took her love for poetry slams and used the art form to address the United Nations in Geneva in 2014 to express the history of sexual violence experienced by black women and girls in the United States. \nFor more information or for questions\, please email \nThe (Human) Right to Slam \nPoets are given 3 minutes to perform a poem but can’t use props\, musical instruments or work that they themselves did not write. Each poem is scored 1-10 by five judges randomly selected from the audience. The lowest and highest scores are dropped and the middle three scores are calculated. The poet with the highest score wins. Poets who go over the 10 second grace period get a half point deduction for each 10 seconds they exceed the time. In contests where winners and losers are separated by a .1 difference\, those time deductions can be brutal. A poetry slam that started with a handful of people in Uptown Chicago has become a global phenomenon\, with slams happening everywhere from Germany to Jamaica to New Zealand. \nFor the UNA’s annual event this year\, we’re giving our subscribers the opportunity to participate in our own poetry slam! If you had the opportunity to address the UN for 3 minutes in the form of a poem\, what would you say? On December 10th\, we’ll host a workshop to help you write your own slam poem and then we’ll host a slam for the first 10 people who sign up! There will be a prize for the top performer. \nTo find out more about poetry slam\, please check out this link: \nHere’s the link to the piece in the The Guardian\, which includes Nikki’s historic address: \nHere’s a link to one of Nikki’s favorite slam poems\, “Skinhead” by Patricia Smith: \nMore about Nikki Patin: \nCurrently Nikki Patin is the Community Engagement Director at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE). \nFor the past 20 years\, Nikki has taught workshops on gender bias/violence\, spoken word\, solo performance\, body image\, anti-oppression topics\, songwriting\, sexual assault prevention and LGBT 101 and Trans 101 for young people and adults in elementary schools\, high schools\, colleges/universities\, community organizations and in the juvenile justice system. I’ve also facilitated many professional development workshops for graduate students\, school faculties and administrations. \nNikki has been part of the Chicago arts and advocacy landscape for the last decade\, developing curricula\, managing teaching artists\, coordinating programming and developing innovative arts/social justice programming for such notable organizations as Urban Gateways\, the Chicago Humanities Festival\, the Chicago Park District and After School Matters. \nAs an outspoken advocate and activist around gender and reproductive rights\, Nikki has dedicated her life to creating a safe world for women and young people. Recently\, Nikki was nominated to speak on behalf on Black Women’s Blueprint\, in collaboration with the US Human Rights Network\, on the assembly floor of the United Nations in Geneva\, Switzerland.  When she addressed the United Nations about the history of sexual violence experienced by Black women and girls in the U.S. in 2014\, she relied on her early years as a slam poet to use her two minutes of presentation time to its maximum capacity. Her historic address was later highlighted in The Guardian and illustrates the power and beauty of an affirming\, transformative\, life-changing art form that invites the audience to actively participate and decide which poet has made the greatest impact in an evening. \n  \n URL: LOCATION:Polsinelli\, 150 N Riverside Plaza #3000\, Chicago\, Illinois\, 60606 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR