A Just Chicago

A Just Chicago: Fighting for the City Our Students Deserve details the intimate connection of health, housing, jobs, segregation, and funding to education.

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Access Living

Access Living is a cross–disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.

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Action Now Institute

Action Now’s mission is to educate, inspire and engage community residents of Illinois’ low- and moderate-income communities to take a public stance on the issues that affect their neighborhoods, city and state.

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Albany Park Theater Project

Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic youth theater ensemble that creates transformational experiences that inspire people to envision and work toward a more just and beautiful world.

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We facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being through a diverse range of services including, youth development programs and clinical health services.

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ARISE Chicago

Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education and organizing and public policy changes.

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Art Helps Heal

Art Helps Heal NFP assembles and distributes art materials and projects free of charge to young adults 13 to 19 years of age who are hospitalized for extended periods of time.

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BPNC’s mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants’ rights, promote gender equity, and end all forms of violence.

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Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is a national coalition and clearinghouse that leads, coordinates, develops, and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth with a focus on abolishing life-without-parole sentences for all youth.

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Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

The mission of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: Immigrant Workers Project is to have a powerful immigrant run organization on the Southeast Side of Chicago that will educate workers on their rights, develop leadership within the immigrant community, support and organize all workers as they fight for their rights in the workplace and fight for changing policy that increases standards for immigrant workers.

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Chicago Federation of Labor

The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce and Community Initiative (“CFL Initiative”) was founded by the Chicago Federation of Labor in 1994 to assist manufacturing workers displaced by massive layoffs due to plant closures regain meaningful and sustainable employment.

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Chicago Freedom School

The mission of the Chicago Freedom School is to create new generations of critical thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world.

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Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

KEEN’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

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Chicago Jobs with Justice

Chicago Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor, faith, and community organizations working in coalition to win campaigns for workers’ rights and social and economic justice.

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Communities United

As a grassroots social justice organization, Communities United builds power by developing local leadership and empowering communities to identify and address the root causes of inequity at the neighborhood, city and state levels.

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COFI’s mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income families at all levels of public life – from local institutions and communities to city and state policy arenas.

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Crossroads Fund

Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area.

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CTU Women’s Rights Committee

CTU Comittee that focuses on the rights of women teachers.

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DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, study and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans, Africans of the Diaspora, and Americans of African descent.

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Empowerment through Education and Exposure

Our mission is to provide youth with educational experiences and exposure activities, empowering them to reach and achieve success beyond their current understanding of what is possible.

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Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.

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Equip for Equality

Equip for Equality advances the human and civil rights of children and adults in Illinois.

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eta Creative Arts Foundation

Our mission is to feed, clothe and assist the needy while providing uplifting services to the Chicago Englewood community.

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Grassroots Collaborative

The Grassroots Collaborative is a coalition of community and labor power organizations representing a broad and diverse set of communities, working to build a movement for economic and racial justice in the city of Chicago, its metropolitan region and the state of Illinois.

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Grow Your Own Illinois

The mission of Grow Your Own Illinois is to support the education and excellence of GYO teacher candidates and graduates; advocate for policies that facilitate increasing the number of teachers of color; and coordinate and align the work of innovative partnerships among universities, community colleges, school districts and community organizers that make up the GYO consortia across the state.

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Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY)

Journey for Justice (J4J) is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 24 cities across the country:

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Journey for Justice

Journey for Justice (J4J) is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 24 cities across the country:

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Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Through the sustained engagement of low-income and working families, KOCO develops multi-generational leaders who impact decision-making processes and public policies, improving the quality of life in our local communities.

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La Casa Norte

La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

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Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF)

At LAF we work together to provide high quality civil legal services to people living in poverty and other vulnerable groups.  Through advocacy, education, collaboration, and litigation, we empower individuals, protect fundamental rights, strengthen communities, create opportunities, and achieve justice.

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Founded in 2001, Local-Motions Inc. is a non-profit organization (501(c)3), dedicated to the promotion of performance arts among school-aged children in Chicago.

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Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA)

LSNA is a community-based organization, advancing diversity, leader development, and models for engagement as the catalyst for social change.

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Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Our mission is to develop the civic engagement of residents in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and surrounding communities, through education, leadership development and community organizing.

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Manufacturing Renaissance

Manufacturing Renaissance is an independent nonprofit organization working to build thriving sustainable communities, by connecting them to manufacturing through education, training and local ownership.

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Network for Public Education

We are an advocacy group whose mission is to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students.

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New Moms

New Mom’s mission is to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need, to transform their lives. We provide housing for 40 homeless families; individualized case management and parenting support; child health and developmental screenings; and job-readiness training, paid work experience, and permanent employment placement.

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Northeastern University

  • Educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment
  • Create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs

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One Northside

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing.

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Parents 4 Teachers (P4T)

Parents 4 Teachers has come together to stand up for teachers, defend public education, and fight for quality schools for ALL Chicago children.

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Pilsen Alliance

Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side.

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Profound Gentlemen

Profound Gentlemen is an incentive based program designed to retain male educators of color through peer development, community building, and career opportunities.

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Project Fierce

Project Fierce’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing transitional housing and support services to LGBTQ-identified young adults.

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.

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Raise Your Hand Illinois

Our Mission is to help parents become advocates for their children by providing information on policies that impact them, building networks to share ideas, and creating tools to elicit change.

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ReFund America Project

The ReFund America Project focuses on researching how Wall Street’s predatory practices contribute to public budget distress and drive austerity policies, and partners with community organizations and unions to develop campaigns to fix these problems so that we can fully fund public services.

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ROLFE Foundation

The Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for the early diagnosis and ultimate cure of pancreatic cancer.

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Save our Schools

Save Our School is dedicated to public education as the cornerstone of a democratic society. We are committed to education policy and actions that allow students, teachers, families, and communities to work together to meet the needs of all children.

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SkyART’s mission is to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs

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Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

Our mission is to advance economic and social human rights by organizing and developing leadership among people most affected by economic and racial oppression.

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Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)

The Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) mission is to build a broad-based organization of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith institutions, public and private schools and other institutions in Southwest Chicago, which will enable families to exercise common values, determine their own future and connect with each other to improve life in their neighborhoods.

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St Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministries (SPCDM)

The mission of the organization is to provide human and social services geared towards empowerment.

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The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty and loneliness.

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University of Illinois  Foundation

The University of Illinois Foundation is a nonprofit corporation responsible for encouraging and administering private gifts made to further the University’s mission.

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YMCA of Metro Chicago (Urban Warriors Program)

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.

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Young Chicago Authors

Young Chicago Authors (YCA) transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.

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