The University of Chicago has made an about face, and conceded to the demand and over 5 year campaign of black youth from FLY and allies: they will open a trauma center at the University of Chicago Hospital. This victory is possible because of our supporters and because of the longterm investment we have made to develop the leadership of black youth. We are winning. See the statement from the Trauma Care Coalition below:
In this moment, the whole world is watching Chicago and its history and practice of institutional racism. The decision by President Robert Zimmer and Dean Kenneth Polonksy of the University of Chicago to listen to the community and concede to the demand to open a Level I Adult Trauma Center and save black lives shows that young black people can absolutely impact policy and influence political change for the betterment of the black community. To see the way that young black people have been able to move things from the fight for police torture reparations, to the Dyett hunger strike, to the fight against CPD police brutality, to be a part of this has been an amazing thing. This is something you don’t expect to see in a lifetime. Read the full story »
Mental Health Caucus Part 2: Consumers, advocates and supporters: We need all of you to come! Share your needs to help plan our future for the CDPH mental health clinics!
Saturday June 20, 1-4pm at First Unitarian Church 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.
What are your needs? Would a clinic in your community help? What services do you need to help you heal: social worker, nurse, drug assistance, housing, etc. Join the facebook event to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/part2 This is a follow up to the Mental Health Caucus Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/part1.
The Grove Parc Tenants Association, a member group of STOP, won a historic victory in getting the owners of their complex, Preservation of Affordable Housing, to sign a legally binding Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) around the $250M redevelopment of their housing complex.
The MOA lays out a commitment for: 1-1 replacement of all 504 subsidized units, 30% hiring of Grove Parc and neighborhood residents for all jobs created through the redevelopment and input in redevelopment planning.
This agreement is over 10 years in the making and represents what is possible when tenants come together to fight for their homes and communities.
In 2007 the owners of Grove Parc and HUD were prepared to foreclose on the property and displace all of the residents. Today thanks to the hard fought organizing of Grove Parc residents and allies their homes are being redeveloped and the residents have the right to return and benefit from the jobs being created by the development.
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