Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. As we move our work in 2018, we are committed to building a North Side of Chicago where everyone can thrive.
ONE Northside’s organizing work is distinct from service and advocacy organizations.
Community organizing is all about building community power: the most impacted by policy, whether affordable housing, economic justice, police accountability, mental health justice, or education lead our work as we fight for systemic change.
In 2017, ONE Northside organized to:
Preserve SRO Housing throughout Chicago: Since we passed the SRO Preservation Ordinance in November 2014, we have actively organized Tenant Associations at all of the SRO buildings in our area. In buildings that are outside of ONE Northside’s area, we have gotten in touch with the relevant organizations in every case to inform them of the policy, and to provide technical assistance. So far we have preserved 6 buildings with affordable housing developers which include 635 units.
Mobilize and Engage with new Constituencies in Response to the First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency: During the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency, we helped to organize and participate in 10 Resist Trump Tuesday actions with our allies in Fair Economy IL. We played a key role in organizing five of them. The actions brought in over 350 new people to our lists and were an important outlet for members to take action.
Close $200 Million in Corporate Tax Loopholes in the Illinois State Budget: After a long campaign with partners to keep the spotlight on the need for progressive revenue in Illinois, the legislature finally passed a budget including some progressive revenue, including 3 loopholes we had been demanding be closed. The legislature had to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto, but the budget was adopted. This happened in large part because of the organizing the Economic Justice Team did surrounding the March to Springfield.
Increase the Monthly Personal Needs Allowance for the First Time in 30 Years: After 30 years of being forced to live off of $30/month from their own social security checks, 15,000 residents living in Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities and in the developmental disability community got a raise! The Mental Health Justice Team own an increase to the monthly personal needs allowance from $30 to $60 starting in July 2017.
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