Upcoming Actions and Events for December 2018

Tuesday, December 11 – Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Housing & Equitable Development

  • WHAT: We are facing the worst housing affordability crisis the country has ever seen. Join over 1,000 Chicagoans from across the City who want to see the new Mayor solve it. From all sides of our town, #HousingJusticeVoter citizens are coming together on December 11th to ask Candidates who are running for Mayor and vying for our votes to take a strong central stand on ending the housing affordability crisis and promoting equitable patterns of development across Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
  • WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, doors at 4:30pm, forum at 5:30pm
  • WHERE: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago

Thursday, December 13 – Chicago ROAR Regional Racial Identity Crisis

  • WHAT: The purpose of the monthly caucus is to collectively grow our anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural identities. Our goal is to identify and move beyond the ways we’ve been racially socialized into roles of presumed superiority and inferiority, and claim and celebrate anti-racist, re-humanizing ways of being together in community.

    To participate in the caucus, you MUST have attended a Chicago ROAR 2.5 day Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism workshop. The next available workshop will take place January 24 – 26, 2019. For registration and information, click here. For more information, Email: info@croar.org
  • WHEN: Thursday, December 13 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Light snacks at 6 PM)
  • WHERE: Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA, 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago

Thursday, December 13 – Neighbors for Affordable Housing Monthly Meeting

  • WHAT: Monthly meeting for Neighbors for Affordable Housing, a group for Northwest Side residents and neighbors to discuss solutions to the need for accessible, affordable housing on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
  • WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 7pm
  • WHERE: 6088 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago

Saturday, December 15 – Unicorn Ball

  • WHAT: The Shapiro Ballroom will be hosting performances, music, drinks and fun for the second year in a row! Come support trans liberation and power in the city at Brave Space Alliance’s largest annual fundraiser!
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 15 from 9pm – 2am
  • WHERE: Shapiro Ballroom, 1612 West Chicago Ave, Chicago

Wednesday, December 19 – BLMChi Emo Pop Punk Karaoke Night

  • WHAT: BLMChi is raising money for 2019 by celebrating our angsty-est years.
    It’s Emo/Pop Punk Karaoke night!
  • WHEN: Wednesday, December 19 from 9pm – 12am
  • WHERE: Emporium Chicago & Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Upcoming Actions and Events for October and November 2018


  • 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.

October 4-13 – 5th Annual (In)Justice For All Film Festival

  • WHAT: In “Making All Black Lives Matter,” award-winning historian and longtime activist Barbara Ransby outlines the scope and genealogy of this movement, situating it squarely in a Black radical tradition, and focused on some of the most marginalized members of the Black community. Join her and Aislinn Pulley for a discussion, Q&A, and signing.
  • WHEN: October 4 – 13, 2018
  • WHERE: Various locations – see http://www.injusticeforallff.com/

October 11 – SURJ Chicago Chapter Meeting

  • WHAT: Join SURJ for our monthly Chicago chapter meeting. We will discuss what allyship looks like and talk about next steps in the wake of the Van Dyke verdict. All are welcome.
  • WHEN: Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM *Please note the earlier meeting time, with library closing at 8:00pm
  • WHERE: Little Village Library, 2311 S Kedzie, Chicago, IL
  • RSVP

October 13 – Chicago Torture Justice Center: What is a Consent Decree Anyway?

  • WHAT: Join the Chicago Torture Justice Center’s group RISE (Realizing & Implementing Strategies to End Police Violence) for a community discussion on the role we can take as people directly impacted by police, in creating a reality where police violence no longer exists.
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10 AM – 12 PM
  • WHERE: 641 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL
  • October 15 – Ag47 Benefit for Assata’s Daughters

  • WHAT: Ag47 is hosting a benefit show for Assata’s Daughters. All funds collected at the door will go directly to Assata’s Daughters to help them continue to do amazing work. We are beyond thrilled that Negative Scanner, The Breathing Light, and alouette. have all signed on to make this event happen. If you can’t make this event and still would like to donate, visit: http://www.assatasdaughters.org/supportus/.
  • WHEN: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8 PM – 11:59 PM
  • WHERE: Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
  • October 20 – A CPAC Benefit Concert: Art and Music for Police Accountability

  • WHAT: Come out to support the fight for community control over the Chicago police with a night of live music and spoken word. With over 52,000 supporters strong, find out more about the CPAC ordinance and learn not only why implementing CPAC would give power back to the people, but how the people’s movement for CPAC has been shaking up the city.
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
  • WHERE: 1600 W Sherwin Ave, Chicago
  • October 20 – Alternatives to Calling the Police During Mental Health Crises

  • WHAT: Alternatives to Calling the Police During Mental Health Crises is a community based movement to train folx in de-escalation techniques and protect mentally ill and pyschiatrically disabled community members from police. Come thru to this workshop at Caliwaukee North.
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 20 at 5 PM – 6 PM
  • WHERE: Caliwaukee North, Chicago

    October 25 – Inheritance Quilt: Community Quilting Circle

  • WHAT: Join Chicago Community Bond Fund and textile artist Rachel Wallis for a community quilting circle for Inheritance: Quilting Across Prison Walls. Inheritance is a collaboration with a group of women in Cook County Jail. Over the course of the summer, they have been writing, drawing and telling stories about the idea of inheritance – what was passed down to them in their families and what they want to pass down to their children and grandchildren. No experience necessary. Free and open to the public.
  • WHEN: Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • WHERE: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S State St, 4th Floor, Chicago
  • November 15 – Giving Project 2019 Info Session

  • WHAT: Giving Projects are an innovative, participatory model of funding social change and building community. Each Project is made up of an intergenerational, cross-race, cross-class, cross-identity group, each of whom makes a donation of an amount that is meaningful to them.  Over the course of six months, the Crossroads Fund Giving Project brings together community building, political education, fundraising and grantmaking for the benefit of groups organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago.
  • WHEN: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: Crossroads Fund, 3411 West Diversey Ave #20, Chicago
  • November 17 – Chicago Community Bond Fund’s End of Year Party

  • WHAT: The Chicago Community Bond Fund invites you to come celebrate a year of progress in our shared struggle to end money bond and pretrial incarceration. There will be food, drinks, music, dancing, and a raffle! We hope to see you there.
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 17 at 7 PM – 11 PM
  • WHERE: Preston Bradley Center Mason Hall, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago
  • Upcoming Actions and Events for September 2018

    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.

    Small Group Interest Survey

    On the first anniversary of the violent, white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, we want to recommit and reaffirm the work SURJ Chicago is doing, both internally and in support of our accountability partners. It’s a time to reflect, strengthen our community and continue showing up.

    Take a couple minutes to fill out this 7 Question Survey so we can better connect you with the SURJ Chicago community and our accountability partners.

    The survey covers your current involvement with partner organizations and your interest in small group discussions among SURJ members.


    If you’re looking for a way to show up right now, we invite you to join an existing small group. While each small group may be in the process of developing its own unique goals, one general purpose is to look inward to understand our own biases and build self-awareness in the context of racial justice.

    We ask questions like:
    – What does it mean to be white?
    – How can I be more aware of the white power structures around us?
    – How can I shift my participation away from the dominant white supremacist culture?  

    These groups meet semi-regularly around Chicagoland. Come once, come more than once, everyone is welcome!

    There are existing small groups regularly meeting in the Near North/Northside, North/Northwest, Near South/Near West, and Southside/Hyde Park areas. If you are interested in joining one or if your area isn’t represented, fill out the survey!

    Through the survey SURJ seeks to understand the balance between reflective work and action-oriented work that will serve our members best.  We also want to know which partner organizations you are most involved with so we can grow our network.  Another goal of the survey is to identify people from nearby geographic locations so they can connect to form groups in which they can work towards shared goals and local issues.

    Some people may have had reservations about completing the survey given that we framed local groups as being centered on discussions of whiteness.  SURJ didn’t mean to exclude anyone.  The SURJ-Chicago Chapter remains committed to operating as a multiracial coalition seeking to provide opportunities and connections to people with all racial backgrounds and identities who have a variety of ways of showing up and being accountable to the movement.

    The small groups are one way SURJ offers members a chance to explore white identity and white privilege as it relates to anti-racism work.  Many of our accountability partners stress the importance of white people doing this inner work as a lever for social transformation.  The small groups available on the list at the end of the survey welcome anyone who would like to discuss white supremacy and white identity as a piece of the work for racial justice.