Lynda Tipton had a deep and rich history advocating for workers rights and racial justice. She was an early staff member of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union and a union representative for SEIU Local 73, where she represented clerical, janitorial, and technician staff for 10 years. She was a Founding member of the Interracial Family Network, a group to support the biracial identity of youth and their parents. Lynda was a grassroots activist who marched for civil rights, women's rights and against the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Crossroads Fund honors Lynda and celebrates the intersectionality of issues for which she so fiercely fought with this annual award. This award is funded by Lynda's family and friends in celebration of her life.
Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice Recipients
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)/Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY)
STOP is a multi-issue group organizing on the South Side of Chicago; FLY is its youth organizing program. In the past few years, STOP and FLY have won important victories for the people of Woodlawn - and beyond. STOP's Mental Health Movement is led by consumers of mental health services who were able to halt the closure of four mental health clinics on the South Side of Chicago.
The youth activists of FLY recently won two important victories. Their work in coalition on the Audy Home Campaign led the efforts to expose the harsh conditions and treatment of youth at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC). As a direct result of this campaign, the JTDC was monitored by the federal government and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has indicated her commitment to seek restorative justice alternatives to incarceration. And in December of 2014, FLY saw partial success in their effort to pressure the University of Chicago to re-open a Level One Trauma Center, when their Pediatric Trauma Center raised the age of youth eligible to receive services from 15 to 17.
Go to the 20:00 minute mark to see the powerful speech by 2015 awardee Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)/Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY)!