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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 level. We hope to continue conversations and collaborations of liberation and healing with those who have been criminalized by the systems of oppression in chicago and beyond.”Find out more about OCAD’s work during COVID and the racial justice framework in this month’s Grantee Spotlight.

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

Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund 2020

Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund 2020

 (Download a full explanation of the fund here) BACKGROUND This political moment is a direct result of the generational disinvestment in Black, indigenous, and brown communities. Acknowledging this, the Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund’s goal is to raise and move $3M over two years to Chicago organizations building and sustaining movements for justice that center… Continue Reading