Here 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.
After 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.
Our 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.
Crossroads Fund provided key support to the movement to end the death penalty in Illinois for more than 25 years, beginning with our first grant to the IL Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 1983. We understand that systems change takes time. We have invested in supporting the grassroots organizing, advocacy, and public education that made this victory possible. The bill signed today was won by a broad coalition of diverse groups, and we are proud to have funded more than a dozen organizations in the Chicago area involved in anti-death penalty, prisoners’ rights, and anti-police brutality work...