Big Shoulders, Big Change: Community Organizing in Chicago

Date(s) - 11/13/19
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Ida Noyes Hall University of Chicago

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Big Shoulders, Big Change: Community Organizing in Chicago

Wed, November 13, 2019 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Since Saul Alinsky founded the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Association in 1939, Chicago has become the capital city of community organizing. The city even launched an organizer who would become commander-in-chief: Barack Obama. Today, organizations across Chicago – many led by women and people of color – work to address a full spectrum of community issues, from fair housing to prison reform and abolition, from environmental justice to LGBTQ health.

So what makes Chicago organizers so successful? What are the most pressing issues in their focus, and how do they tackle them? Join the IOP as we convene organizers from across the city to discuss the day-to-day art of organizing and what others can learn from Chicago’s grassroots movements. Featuring:

  • Jawanza Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

This conversation will be moderated by Heather McGhee, Senior Fellow at Demos and Resident Pritzker Fellow at the IOP this quarter.



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