Crossroads Fund honors 3 grassroots groups and 1 individual on the frontlines of immigrant and racial justice

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Emmanuel Garcia, Crossroads Fund Communications and Development Associate
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Crossroads Fund honors 3 grassroots groups and 1 individual on the frontlines of immigrant and racial justice


Chicago, IL: Crossroads Fund, a public foundation in Chicago, is honoring Mariame Kaba and Project NIA, Arab American Action Network (AAAN), and Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) at their annual benefit, Seeds of Change, on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street.


Crossroads Fund will present; the Ron Sable Award for Activism to Mariame Kaba and her organization Project NIA, for her leadership as a social justice educator who has been instrumental in building movements through research and creating innovative models for youth organizing; The Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award to Arab American Action Network (AAAN), a group that has fostered allyship with a multiplicity of communities, and developed strategies and tools to build leaders and empower the Arab American community; The Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice to Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) for leading bold campaigns to fight for families facing separation through immigration raids, detention, and deportation.

"The AAAN is absolutely humbled to be honored by the Crossroads Fund, and to share a stage with the incomparable Mariame Kaba and the indomitable Organized Communities Against Deportations, co-founded by our close comrades Tania Unzueta and Rosi Carrasco, amongst others. The Crossroads Fund is a special organization. Its principled leadership has always been the first to support the AAAN during crises as well as times of calm. We have been to almost all of these award ceremonies over the years; it's a great party, and we cannot wait to celebrate again with all our friends and partners in the fight for justice and liberation." said, Hatem Abudayyeh, Executive Director at Arab American Action Network.


In a political moment where a growing number of Americans are joining of-the-people efforts to fight back against the dismantling of public education, healthcare, and social services, Crossroads Fund will raise money to support new, emerging and risk-taking community-based organizations that are actively engaged in social change work.

The event, which brings together over 500 diverse participants to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, will be a unifying moment for grassroots organizers and supporters. “At a moment when communities are feeling targeted and vulnerable, our grantees continue to be on the front lines organizing for the right to protect civil liberties and fight for the rights of immigrants, workers, LGBTQ people, and others.” said Crossroads Fund Executive Director Jeanne Kracher.


Two of the groups, AAAN and OCAD will be awarded grants that are a part of donor advised funds in memory of Donald F. Erickson and Lynda J. Tipton.  “Organized Communities Against Deportations is a group that Lynda [Tipton] would have enthusiastically supported. Our family and friends are honored to award a grant to support immigrant rights that fight for all.” said, David A. deVries, late husband of Lynda and committee member of the Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice.


About Seeds of Change: The Crossroads Fund’s annual benefit is an opportunity for donors, activists and community members to enjoy great food and drink, performances by students from the Chicago Academy for the Arts and DJ Myq Moon, and a fantastic silent auction.


Seeds of Change

Friday, March 31, 2017

At the Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Hall

77 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

5:30 p.m., General Reception, Music, silent auction, buffet dinner and open bar

7:30 p.m., Awards Presentation

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Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. Last fiscal year Crossroads Fund gave out $508,037 in grants to 79 groups working on a spectrum of social justice issues. Since 1981, Crossroads Fund has granted more than $8 million to over 750 groups working for social change.