About STOP

April 11, 2012

STOP is a community organization that builds the power of residents on the Southside of Chicago to impact the forces and decisions that affect our lives. We fight for human rights to racial and economic justice through organizing, popular education, and leadership development amongst people most directly affected by issues like gentrification, displacement, incarceration and criminalization of youth of color and health cuts.

For the past 12 years, STOP has fought back against the war on the poor through tenant, youth and healthcare organizing, action research and education, alliance building, and collaborating with tenant associations, youth and community organizations, and labor unions from around the city and nation. Our accomplishments include stopping the displacement of over 600 low income and working class black residents, bringing immediate redress to human rights violations occurring in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, stopping the closure of four south side mental health clinics, winning a commitment to build the only medical trauma center on the south side of Chicago, and working in coalition to win $1M of investment into restorative justice alternatives to incarceration.

Our member organizations include:

The Youth Justice Program, the Mental Health Movement, and the Chicago Tenants Council (which includes the Grove Parc Tenants Association, the Kimbark Tenants Association, St. Edmunds Tenants Association, Island Terrace Tenants Association, and Drexel Preservation Tenants Association).