Sixteen Crossroads Fund grantees and allies gathered bright and early Wednesday morning to talk about Healing Justice. Over the last two years we’ve been hearing more and more from our community about the need for self care and healing in our activist work, and about the growing healing justice movement. As part of our ongoing Technical Assistance workshop series, Crossroads Fund invited local healing justice activists Tanuja Jagernauth and Stacey Erenberg from Sage Community Health Collective to facilitate an introduction to healing justice at the individual, institutional and city-wide level.
On 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.
As 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.
Crossroads 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.