On Wednesday November 30 CHI coalition members went to the front door of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house (pictured right) with Christmas carols about homelessness in Chicago and the need for the city to pass the Keeping the Promise Ordinance.
The Keeping the Promise ordinance is a campaign led by the Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI), a coalition of ten organizations including STOP. The Keeping the Promise Campaign was created in response to the mass demolition Chicago’s public housing stock under Mayor Daley’s implementation of the CHA’s “Plan for Read the full story »
Cook County is opening a Triage Center in the Roseland Health Center as an alternative to jail for those who need direct medical and mental health attention. They are also opening a private mental health center, run by Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. Mayor Emanuel is using the opening of the Triage Center as cover to close the City's Roseland Mental Health Clinic. The closure of this public clinic is a dire concern for a community that desperately needs massive investments of services. This decision was made without a hearing or any public discussion.
This fall, Mental Health Movement volunteers knocked on doors to educate the community about the clinic closure and recruited residents to meet with the Alderman about the issue. In October we held a press conference where Diane Adams spoke about the issue: "We have to demand a hearing, in order for our voices to be heard" she said. Read the full story »
This December, on the one year anniversary of the announcement that the University of Chicago Hospital would open a trauma center, STOP youth led a Townhall to discuss what kinds of programs this trauma center should have. We discussed violence prevention, intervention, and after care and how the University of Chicago Hospital should make a significant investment in these programs. Leaders from Ceasefire and Healing Hurt People spoke. We will continue to organize to ensure that youth and community have a voice in programs at the trauma center.Read the full story »