Over the last 30 years, Crossroads Fund has been the first foundation funder of countless groups in Chicago, including United African Organization, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, ACT/UP Chicago and more. We’re willing to take a risk and help new and emerging organizations hire their first staff, move out of the garage and into an office or launch their first major campaign.
For three decades, Crossroads Fund has been supporting grassroots movements for racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. Our grantees have won historic victories, from accessibility in public transportation to an end to the Illinois death penalty.
It took thousands of people camping out in parks around the country to convince the mainstream media to acknowledge that economic inequality is a major problem in our country. One study found that use of the words “income inequality” in the media increased more than 500% in the weeks after the Occupy Wall Street Movement began.
Over the last month, people have been talking about wealth inequality like never before. Warren Buffet took to the pages of the New York Times to argue that it was immoral that as one of the country’s richest men, he should be taxed at a lower rate than his secretary. Not long after, the Occupy Wall Street movement and its offshoots took up his rallying cry, bringing unprecedented attention to the fact that 1% of Americans own 38% of the country’s wealth. But despite dire warnings from the right that class war is around the corner, these protests are not simply the poor and middle class attacking the rich. Many people with wealth have taken to the streets to express their solidarity with the 99% and to ask to pay their fair share to make the US a more just nation.
As the deepening recession has led to high unemployment and coordinated attacks on organized labor, we need new strategies to end inequality and win widespread improvements in wages and working conditions. Join local organizers to discuss innovative approaches in the fight for workers rights in today's challenging economic and political climate.