Rally around prison reform

On Friday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m., at West Austin Development Center, 4920 W. Madison St., state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford will host Operation Save Lives. Buses and cars will leave the center at 9 a.m. to go to Stateville Correctional Center, 16830 Route 53 in Crest Hill. 

The press conference and rally at the correctional center will be around prison gerrymandering, voting rights, solitary confinement, bad health care and education. 

Attend the annual Youth Power Expo

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Garfield Park Community Worship Center, 4100 W. Jackson, the third annual Youth Power Expo will take place. This interactive workshop will allow participants to gain career, finance and college preparatory advice. To register or for more info, visit pow3rchicago.com. 

Have fun at an open house 

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chicago Public Library, West Chicago Avenue Branch, 4856 W. Chicago Ave., the library will host an open house celebrating 12 years in the Austin community. For more info, visit chipublib.org. 

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