From April 23-25, forty-five ONE Northsiders headed to Washington DC to take part in the People’s Action Convention. Click here to read Sam Wickham’s (a ONE Northside Mental Health Justice leader) plenary session testimony to push for fighting the battle of big ideas.
Check out the report back from other leaders below:
EdVette: It was powerful and made me want to be more involved. The amount of young people that turned out, really hit home. I’m excited to bring it back to my church and the young people at the church. Everything we talked about and learned are issues that are happening to these kids. Immigration, health care, mass incarceration. All of it.
Carl: I was excited to see people from the People’s Action Weeklong Training that I went to a few years back. Knowing that People’s Action has 1 million members and is looking to continue building power means I’m in the right place with the right people.
Gabby: The best part was connecting with people with similar stories and it was validating to hear what was happening in Chicago was happening in other parts of the country.
Robert: It was a great experience and really powerful actions. It felt good to be around a lot of people for the same cause.
Adelaide: It felt good to be with some many people fighting for the same things we are fighting for in Chicago. This was one of the only moments in the last few months where I didn’t feel as scared by Trump and left feeling hopeful.
Bea: It was a very impressive Convention and it was exciting to be in the room with Van Jones and Bernie Sanders. Overall it was a wonderful and meaningful trip.
Caleb: It was amazing to get to hear Bernie Sanders and Van Jones speak. It felt powerful to be able to sit at the table with staff of Quigley and taking on a new role.
Marilyn: I met so many interesting people and heard many interesting stories. It was powerful that we all shared so much, and made me feel good to know that I’m not alone fighting.
Gregory: I was very energized by the whole event, and it inspired me to to the March to Springfield back home in Illinois! All of these people just inspired me to do more and be more to the movement.