Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Nicole Laport

Nicole Laport is a Chicago native that has been involved in the informal economy
throughout her adult life as a fine artist and graphic designer. Throughout her career as an artist she has been involved in community outreach, youth art education as well as centering social justice topics as the center of her artwork. She had the privilege of joining the team at Chicago Not-for-profit Equity and Transformation (EAT) as the Director of Communications at the beginning of 2019. Prior to her work at EAT she has had firsthand experience with the barriers that a prior felony has had in her gaining formal employment and the criminalization she has faced within the informal workforce. Her position at EAT has allowed her to live out her life’s passion in advocating for system-impacted individuals and against the systems that criminalize them and leave communities disenfranchised and under-represented.


Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Freedom Building

The Mass Freedom: Freedom Building Cohort is a year-long movement-building opportunity for organizers and activists committed to creating intersectional liberation, collective healing, and abolitionist futures. The session will be a lively interactive co-facilitated discussion about abolition and the intersections of our movements. The co-facilitators will be cohort members themselves representing grassroots movement across the country. 

In this session Mass Freedom invites attendees to think of what future is possible when we dream together? What change is possible when we strategize together? We want to generate, pose, and refine the questions that get us to abolition; We’ll engage participants in information gathering, perspectives, and approaches to intersectional liberation; and lastly we want to create something together that begins to design this liberatory future.

Speakers: Nicole Laport, Jimina Afuola