While we celebrate this significant victory, we acknowledge that the decision to keep trauma care away from the University of Chicago Hospital is rooted in racial exclusion. Large parts of the South Side, including: Kenwood, Hyde Park, East Woodlawn, South Shore, and South Chicago will still be more more than 5 miles from a trauma center, which is the crucial distance to ensure good access to trauma care. This is why we must continue to fight for the University to make good on the commitment they made in December to raise the age limit of their Children's Trauma Center from 16 up to 18, in fact it should be raised to 21.
We want to thank all the individuals who have contributed to support this work for the past five years. We also want to give a special thanks to the foundations who have supported this campaign through the years: Woods Fund of Chicago, Wieboldt Foundation, Crossroads Fund, Leo S. Guthman Fund, Albert Pick Jr. Fund, and Cricket Island Foundation.
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P.S. A victory party is in the works, stay tuned for more info...
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.
This past year the Trauma Care Coalition was successful in pressuring the University of Chicago to raise the age limit of their children's trauma center from 16 to 18. But trauma doesn't stop at 18 and so our fight continues.
The first week of June the Trauma Care Coalition held a powerful week of action which included a sit in at the University of Chicago Administration building, rallies, marches and a die-it at the University Alumni Weekend.
The 9 protesters who sat in, included community leaders, students and alumni. They were demanding a meeting with University of Chicago President Zimmer who, after 5 years, has yet to meet with leaders of the campaign. Instead after two and a half hours of the sit-in the University called the fire department to ax through drywall, break windows, and saw through doors in order to arrest the protestors. The University had the protestors detained for 45 hours and charged them with trespassing, mob action and resisting arrest.
The University's attempt to remove and silence protest has had only emboldened our campaign. Hundreds of community members, faith leaders, students, alumni and others have mobilized into action to draw attention to the lack of a south side trauma center and the need for the University to address this issues to full fill its responsibility and show that it values black life.