Thursday, March 18, 7pm (CDT) 2021 AWARDS PRESENTATION
The 2021 Awards Presentation featured a conversation moderated by poet, singer, songwriter Jamila Woods with youth activists from the three awardee organizations: Brave Space Alliance (Ron Sable Award for Activism), GoodKids MadCity (Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award), and Chi-Nations Youth Council (Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice). The conversation centered the voices of youth leaders at the forefront of seeking changes for their communities through addressing historic harm caused by institutions, mutual-aid efforts, and demanding justice in all aspects of their lives.
RON SABLE AWARD FOR ACTIVISM
BRAVE SPACE ALLIANCE
Since 2017, Brave Space Alliance (BSA) has organized and uplifted trans and gender non-conforming people of color through community-sourced services, knowledge-sharing and advocacy while building toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. BSA is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us services and programming for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. BSA has strengthened the ecosystem of community care through the Crisis Delivery program and mutual aid program amid the global pandemic. They firmly believe in organizing through collaboration with the Black, Trans, and Gender-Nonconforming collective and the Trans Liberation collective.
DONALD F. ERICKSON SYNAPSES AWARD
Founded in the wake of the Parkland, FL, shooting in 2018, GoodKids MadCity (GKMC) provides support to young people affected by shootings while pushing for policies that address the systemic causes of gun violence. GKMC has galvanized Chicago by being a leading voice in the demand to defund the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and consistently leading protests during the uprisings of 2020. GKMC developed the “Peace Book Commission'', which is a proposal to divert funds from CPD in order to cultivate practices of repairing harm in Chicago communities most affected by gun violence without resorting to the criminal legal system and provide more resources and opportunities to youth affected by gun violence.
LYNDA J. TIPTON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
CHI-NATIONS YOUTH COUNCIL
Chi-Nations Youth Council was created in 2012 and comprises a diverse group of youth and adults with a mission to create a supportive, open environment for Native Youth; raise awareness of cultural identity; and promote a healthy lifestyle through arts, activism, and education. They work towards this goal by strengthening community through avid volunteerism, fundraising, and traditional values. In Spring 2019, the Youth Council opened the First Nations Garden in Albany Park. Recently, the Youth Council has led campaigns for Black and Indigenous solidarity; removing white supremacist monuments, mascots, and depictions of Indigenous people; and stopping oil pipeline development through Indigenous lands.