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“STOP THE S PREAD”WEEKEND DISTRIBUTES 1200 COVID-19 SAFETY KITS!

“STOP THE S PREAD”WEEKEND DISTRIBUTES 1200 COVID-19 SAFETY KITS!

Launched on February 26th in Proviso Township in collaboration with the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission,and again on Saturday, February 27th in Chicago’s Austin community with U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis and CookCounty Commissioner Dennis Deer, the Monroe Foundation distributed over 1200 COVID-19 “Safety Act” kits to agencies serving individuals with disabilities, Continue Reading

Urge Illinois Legislators: Pass COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act

Urge Illinois Legislators: Pass COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act

Our legislators have the chance to pass protections for Illinoisans on the brink of losing their homes. Urge Illinois legislators to support legislation that will expand access to sealing eviction records and temporarily halt certain foreclosure proceedings. The COVID-19 Emergency Housing Act will: Create directions and requirements to ensure that people with the lowest incomes… Continue Reading

“STOP THE SPREAD”: THE BLACK STAR PROJECT LAUNCHES ACCESS COLLABORATIVE EQUITY (ACE) PROJECT

“STOP THE SPREAD”: THE BLACK STAR PROJECT LAUNCHES ACCESS COLLABORATIVE EQUITY (ACE) PROJECT

The pilot launch of Access Collaborative Equity (ACE), a collaborative led by The Black Star Project, and partners the Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, People Empowering People (PEP), Say”Yes” to Life, Virtue and Voilure, and Action Coalition of Englewood, successfully assisted seven (7) Englewood residents in signing up for the COVID-19 vaccinations at the Englewood Miles Square Department of Health Continue Reading

Chief Timothy Evans Expands Hearings on Sealing and Expungement Petitions to Five Days a Week, In the First District, Cook County

Chief Timothy Evans Expands Hearings on Sealing and Expungement Petitions to Five Days a Week, In the First District, Cook County

GET CLEARED ILLINOIS-P.O.W.E.R COLLABORATES WITH CHICAGO LEGAL AID TO ISSUE RACIAL AND STRUCTURAL JUDICIAL REFORMS FOR COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, CHIEF JUDGE EVANS, CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (CANDIDATES)AND STATE’S ATTORNEY KIM FOXX. WORKGROUP CHAIRED BY RETIRED FOUNDATIOIN LEADER AND CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER AURIE PENNICK, ESW. Continue Reading

Organized Communities Against Deportations

Organized Communities Against Deportations

OCAD has been building relationships with Black-led organizations for years in their fight against deportations and the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. “We believe we can be an example of collective power – that starts with collaborations between organizations like OCAD and Black Lives Matter Chicago, which can amplify movements at the national… Continue Reading

I’m Voting! – Justice Can’t Wait!

I’m Voting! – Justice Can’t Wait!

Justice Leaders of “Get Cleared, Illinois’ P.O.W.E.R….I’m Voting” Project hit the streets near the Cook County Criminal Courts Building on Monday, November 2nd, and then hit the office of Clerk of the Court Candidate and current Illinois Senator Iris Martinez, on “Justice Monday!” Continue Reading

IL Housing Blueprint

IL Housing Blueprint

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) recently announced that it is developing a new statewide plan for housing and community development in Illinois. This plan, called the Housing Blueprint, is a large-scale planning endeavor that will collect information on local housing needs throughout the state, develop a vision for the future of housing in Illinois,… Continue Reading

Report To Commissioner Brandon Johnson

Report To Commissioner Brandon Johnson

GET CLEARED, ILLINOIS The following describes one of the most immediate as well as one of  the long-term structural goals. *** Short Term Immediate Goal: Enlisting additional judges to sign orders  for uncontested petitions on an ongoing, regular basis. Background: Per the Illinois expungement and sealing statute (20ILCS 2630/Criminal Identification Act) the only time the… Continue Reading