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July 15th & 27th, 2021 – Know Your Rights Webinar Series: Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief (i.e. Sealing and Expungement). This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

Register for our Webinar Below:

Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief 

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July 13th & 21st, 2021 – Know Your Rights Webinar Series: Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education

We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.

Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education. This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

Register for our Webinars Below:

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education

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July 7th & 19th, 2021 – Know Your Rights Webinar Series: Housing and Driver’s Licenses

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses 

We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.

Housing and Driver’s Licenses. This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

Register for the Webinars Below:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses 

To register click here.


Monday, July 19, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Housing and Drivers Licenses 

To register click here.

June 1, 2021 – Paid Media Listening Session

South Side Weekly is part of a new project of the Metro Media Lab, an initiative spearheaded by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Get paid to share your media habits with South Side Weekly at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The Metro Media Lab is a new, multi-year project being funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation with the goal to help strengthen the news ecosystem in Chicago. The Metro Media Lab’s primary goal includes identifying practical ways for strengthening Chicago media.

You will receive $100 if selected to participate in the 90-minute virtual focus group conducted by Public Narrative with the support of Local Voices Network (pictured above).

Space is limited. The last day to register is Sunday, May 30, 2021. Selected participants will be notified Monday, May 31st.

June 10, 2021 – Woodstock Institute 2021 Economic Justice Awards

As Woodstock Research Director Spencer Cowan puts it, “It’s the same map.”

At our Economic Justice Awards event this year we want to talk about the fact that mortgage lending in Chicago follows the ‘tale of two–unequal–cities’ narrative we see in health, education and other indicators,

Since the 1980s, we have analyzed mortgage lending and other data from across the Chicago region. At our event, we’ll offer a preview of what Cowan has found from aggregating 36 years of that data. Join us to learn more and discuss how to change the map for mortgage lending and other indicators so opportunities are available to all Chicagoans, regardless of where they live.

  Our event will also honor state Senator Jacqueline Collins with Woodstock Institute’s Scheinfeld Award for her lifetime of achievements, and advocate Kesha Warren, and feature Illinois state Senate President Don Harmon and Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch.     The event is free to attend. Donations are welcomed, and sponsorships are available.   

Register at woodstockinst.21.eventbrite.com

May 17, 2021 – IHDA’s Illinois Rental Payment Program: How to Apply

Programs to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic are opening throughout Illinois, funded by a federal COVID-19 relief package that passed late last year. In Illinois, $834,709,843 will be distributed through both local and statewide programs to assist renters.

The statewide program administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which will distribute $500+ million of the available funds, will open for applications on Monday, May 17. The program will assist both renters and housing providers.

Join us on the program’s launch day for an in-depth tutorial of the online application process for renters and housing providers, presented by a member of IHDA’s Strategic Response leadership team. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

This webinar will be hosted via WebEx.