September 13 – Neighbors for Affordable Housing at Chicago Plan Commission Hearing
- WHAT: Chicago Plan Commission will be voting on whether the affordable and accessible housing at at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. will be built. Attend the hearing Thursday.
- WHEN: Thursday 13th at 11:30AM
- WHERE: City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor – 121 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60602
- RSVP: Using this link and connect with Leah at 773-787-6875
- Right now: Send Support Letter
September 13 – SURJ Chicago September Chapter Meeting
- WHAT: Join SURJ Chicago for our September chapter meeting, including our Ally is a Verb training workshop. It will help you articulate your stake, and role, in the ongoing fight for racial justice in Chicago and beyond. All are welcome.
- WHEN: Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 – 8:30PM
- WHERE: 130 S. Jefferson St, Chicago, Illinois 60661
September 14 – Chicago ADAPT Annual Fundraiser: Year of the Woman
- WHAT: Chicago ADAPT’s Annual Fundraiser will honor women in social justice. Tickets are $30 for those unemployed and $50 for those employed. This is a scent free environment and CART and PA services will be provided also large print and braille. ADAPT Formal dress (as formal as you want). Please email LaurenAMeltzer@gmail.com to request additional accommodations.
- WHEN: Friday, September 14 at 5 – 8PM
- WHERE: Access Living, 115 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60654
September 18 – Rally To #EndMoneyBail
- WHAT: On September 18, 2017, General Order 18.8A went into effect in Cook County. The order states that no person is to be locked up in Cook County Jail simply because they can’t afford to pay a money bond. Join the Coalition to End Money Bond, allies from across Cook County, and bail funds from around the country in downtown Chicago on September 18, 2018 as we demand full implementation of the order and an end to pretrial incarceration due to poverty.
- WHEN: Tuesday, September 18 at 10 – 11:00AM
- WHERE: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
- PETITION: Sign and share to help us free the more than 2,500 people currently incarcerated at Cook County Jail simply because they can’t afford to pay bail: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-bond-reform-in-cook-county
September 19 – Pack the Court Room for Lawsuit to Erase the Gang Database
- WHAT: Earlier this summer, a coalition of individuals and community organizations announced a new federal class action against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD), targeting CPD’s unconstitutional Gang Database, and urging City Council to take action. On September 19, 2018, plaintiffs and defendants will appear in court where the judge will determine if this lawsuit will move forward. Help us pack the court room on September 19th and echo the demand to end to the Gang Database.
- WHEN: Wednesday, September 19 at 9 – 11AM
- WHERE: 219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603, United States
- PETITION: Support Community Solutions Against the Chicago Gang Database by signing the petition here.
September 22 – SHETalks WETalk Chicago 2018
- WHAT: A powerful and transformational moment when women come together for 2 days to talk productively about race and racism so they can create PROGRESS instead of PAIN during difficult conversations about racism. It’s a A weekend workshop where you learn how to be a strong and effective Ally and Accomplice for women/people of color. ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME.
- WHEN: Saturday, September 22 at 12 AM – Sunday, September 23 at 4 PM
- WHERE: OneGoal, 180 N. Wabash, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Mindful Healing Village
- The Mindful Healing Village is a space in Woodlawn built by Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP), the Let Us Breathe Collective, and Black Lives Matter.
- In 2012, Chicago closed half its mental health clinics. This made police first responders in cases of crisis, directly leading to the police murders of Quintonio Legrier and Bettie Davis, while turning Cook County Jail into the city’s largest mental health provider.
- These organizers are imagining and creating what community-based, collective healing services could look like — while they develop a mental health ordinance that can address some of the most pressing needs in their communities.
- Help build a new and better vision of community safety by contributing to a supply run for the Mindful Healing Village by donating through SURJ Chicago member Val here: Venmo @vholdahl or Paypal paypal.me/vholdahl with the note “Mindful Healing”
- Assata’s Daughters, People’s Response Team, For the People’s Artist Collective, BTGNC Collective, and many community groups are in the fight against Rahm’s plan to build a $95 Million police academy in West Garfield Park. Find out more and follow #NoCopAcademy to learn about the campaign.
- A team of volunteers surveyed 500 West Garfield Park residents and found that residents overwhelmingly do not want a Cop Academy built in their neighborhood and, instead, would like to see public resources devoted to services such as education and youth programs. Read more and download the groundbreaking report here.
- Watch the livestream from the report release event, led by youth organizers with Assata’s Daughters, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, American Friends Service Committee–Chicago, Kuumba Lynx and more.