Jennifer TamayoOn March 21st, Crossroads Fund was honored to host two Reading Change events with Red Missed Aches author Jennifer Tamayo. Reading Change is a reading an events series organized in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Crossroads Fund. Over the last 30 years, Crossroads Fund has supported a broad range of grassroots movements for racial, social and economic justice in Chicago, from workers rights to women’s rights, to disability movements, to immigration and more. For our anniversary year, we wanted to take some time reading about and reflecting on some of the movements we’ve supported, how they intersect with each other, and how they are at play in our city today.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012

 Inside the Piccolo occupation. Photo by Brett JelinekAs parents, teachers and supporters of public education regroup and respond to the Chicago Board of Education’s decision to close or turnaround all 17 schools up for consideration this year, it’s worth taking a moment to think about what makes for a strong movement for education. FeministWire recently posted a great interview with Crossroads Fund grantee Blocks Together’s youth organizer Ana Mercado. Ana touches on the role that community involvement and leadership development have had in their efforts to protect and improve neighborhood schools.

Wed, Mar 14, 2012

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization joined Rainforest Action Network in this banner drop at the Crawford power plant. Photo by Liz NeratCrossroads Fund congratulates the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, including past and present Crossroads Fund grantees the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, the Pilsen Alliance, the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization, the Nuclear Energy Information Service, and the 8th Day Center for Justice, on winning their long running campaign to close two coal-fired power plants in Chicago.

Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Love PhotoOn March 2nd, Crossroads Fund is celebrating 30 years of seeding change, growing leaders and building movements with a night of food, music, awards and more! This week we’re offering our Facebook fans a chance to join the celebration and win a free ticket to our gala event!


Fri, Feb 17, 2012

Jane Addams Senior Caucus Leaders in ActionIn my work at Crossroads Fund, it is always a privilege to witness grassroots leaders giving voice to the social justice issues that directly affect them. One of my most memorable site visits from this past spring’s grantmaking cycle was facilitated entirely by volunteer leaders from the organization’s constituency – in this case, low-income seniors from Jane Addams Senior Caucus working for better, more affordable housing and healthcare.

Fri, Feb 17, 2012