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Crossroads Fund grantee Feminist Response in Disability Activism

Accessibility has long been a core value at Crossroads Fund. A commitment to accessibility fits with our broad commitment to diversity, inclusion and community leadership, not to mention that members of our Board of Directors, grantee organizations, donors, volunteers and staff have disabilities at various moments in our history. Unfortunately, we’re living in a city and world where inaccessibility is the norm. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act has had a huge impact on buildings and infrastructure, most homes and offices in Chicago require walking up stairs.

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

On September 7th, nearly five hundred Chicagoans gathered together for If You Want Peace, Fight for Justice, an evening discussion with Angela Davis on gun violence, social justice activism and the work we must do to build a path forward. The forum was organized as a part of Bending the Arc: The Robert Howard Annual Symposium.
Photos by Sarah Jane Rhee.

Tue, Sep 17, 2013

On September 7th, 2013 more than 30 young activists from across Chicago gathered for a peace circle addressing the root causes of violence and trauma in their communities, followed by a question and answer session and discussion with noted academic and activist Dr. Angela Davis. Photos by Sarah Jane Rhee.

Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Participants at a recent Youth Organizing WorkshopThis last year has been hard for me as a youth ally. On Sat, August 10th, I attended the closing ceremony of the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP), an organizing project that is led by and for young people of color who have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies. They are transitioning after nearly 12 years in operation. August would have been the 20th anniversary of the South West Youth Collaborative, if it hadn’t closed its doors in 2012. It was also the the third anniversary of the death of youth organizer Damien Turner, whose murder sparked a movement calling for a trauma center on the South Side of Chicago.

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

Angela Davis and Youth Leaders

The 2013 Bending the Arc: The Robert Howard Annual Symposum featured a convening of local youth activist leaders, as well as an evening discussion with Angela Davis and local activists on gun violence, social justice activism and the work we must do to build a path forward.

Wed, Aug 07, 2013