boystownEach summer, the same cycle repeats itself: as the temperatures rise, crime statistics also increase, bringing with them news coverage and community responses that often expose and inflame the deep racial and class divisions in Chicago.

A series of violent clashes over the last few months in Lakeview have sparked heated community meetings and online discussions. Although the responses have been as diverse as the LGBTQ community itself, some individuals have blamed the recent attacks on LGBTQ youth of color, and have gone so far as to call for social services for queer youth to be shut down in the neighborhood. The situation is complicated, but youth are not the problem.

Fri, Jul 29, 2011

Mini Golf Invite

Come on out for the fifth annual mini golf, big change!
a miniature golf outing to benefit Crossroads Fund.
Play a round of mini golf and support social justice in Chicago!

Thu, Jul 07, 2011

Jeanne KracherHere at Crossroads Fund, we love hearing about the campaigns and victories of our grantees, who are working to build racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago. But we realize that those stories don’t always reach a wider audience, outside of the individuals directly involved with the issue. When our grantees do make it into the news, we know that the headlines often do not examine the complexities of the issues or how the real story is unfolding.

Wed, Jul 06, 2011

Whittier ProtestAfter a three year battle Chicago education advocates won the passage of a new bill that will require increased transparency and accountability from the Chicago Public School authorities. Illinois State Bill 620 requires the city to create and publish annual, medium, and long term plans for capital investments in CPS facilities, with input from local school councils. CPS also must announce school closings and turnarounds each year by December 1, and have a transition plan to support students impacted by school changes.


Thu, Jun 02, 2011

Seeds of ChangeOur 2011 benefit was a success! Over 400 donors, activists, grantees and friends of Crossroads Fund gathered on Friday, April 1st at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate another year's work for social change. We were proud to honor the Whittier Parent Committee and Dr. Quentin Young with the Ron Sable Award for Activism and the Immigrant Youth Justice League with the Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award.

Couldn't make it to the event? You can still make a donation to support Crossroads Fund, or see what you missed in the photo galleries after the jump.


Mon, May 16, 2011