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Southside Together Organizing for Power - STOP We build the power of low income and working Black families in Woodlawn and surrounding neighborhoods — to impact the forces and decisions that affect our lives.
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Our mission: To advance economic and social human rights by organizing and developing leadership among people most affected by economic and racial oppression. We have saved over 600 of units of affordable housing, won a trauma center, and much more. We are — and we organize —
1. tenants, for instance, for a Community Benefits Agreement around the Obama Center
2. mental-health patients and providers, for instance, to re-open City mental-health clinics
3. students and youth, for instance, for police-free schools
Plus allies!

Operating as usual

On this one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, we invite you to join us at this Saturday at 1pm downtown:Anniver...
05/25/2021

On this one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, we invite you to join us at this Saturday at 1pm downtown:

Anniversary of the Murder of George Floyd | Art Build + Action

05/18/2021

We need your help for #MentalHealth legislation today! By 5pm (when they're due), please submit a Witness Slip in support of the Community Emergency Services and Support Act, at bit.ly/CESSAwitness

(Please select "Proponent," say you're representing your "self" or a group, and click "Record of appearance only.")

CESSA was developed over the last several years by Access Living's #RacialJustice organizing group, in partnership with the family of Stephon Watts, a fifteen year Autistic teenager who was killed by police in his own home.

CESSA would:
- Address the mental and behavioral health needs of people by sending support instead of police whenever appropriate.
- Support the statewide creation of a 911 non-police response option, separate from law enforcement, by sending support instead of police for mental and behavioral health emergencies everywhere an ambulance service exists.
- Require responders to use appropriate de-escalation techniques and then connect callers to their existing care providers or to available community services and supports.
- Save State and local dollars by supporting people in the community rather than in emergency rooms and jails.
- Support each EMS Region to design regionally appropriate systems.

Again, please fill out bit.ly/CESSAwitness. And thank you!

Howard Brown Health and University of Chicago medical students are working to get our South Side communities vaccinated ...
05/17/2021

Howard Brown Health and University of Chicago medical students are working to get our South Side communities vaccinated this Saturday!

You can get an appointment at hbh-covid-vaccine.as.me/ShilohSDA. Or you can just walk in!

They're even offering some bus transportation, from these sites: qrco.de/vax-pickup

Have questions about the vaccine? Call the number below or watch tihs town hall: fb.watch/5yuRYCIATK

Howard Brown Health and University of Chicago medical students are working to get our South Side communities vaccinated this Saturday!

You can get an appointment at hbh-covid-vaccine.as.me/ShilohSDA. Or you can just walk in!

They're even offering some bus transportation, from these sites: qrco.de/vax-pickup

Have questions about the vaccine? Call the number below or watch tihs town hall: fb.watch/5yuRYCIATK

This month Savannah Brown joins STOP’s full-time staff! She'll focus on organizing tenants and their tenant associations...
05/17/2021
Meet Savannah Brown, our new housing organizer! — Southside Together Organizing for Power

This month Savannah Brown joins STOP’s full-time staff! She'll focus on organizing tenants and their tenant associations at subsidized complexes.

"By affirming the humanity of us all, I look forward to co-creating an inclusive future shaped by Black and Brown people," Savannah says. "I seek to do so by providing spaces for folks typically unheard, allowing for their experiences to be shared and uplifted."

Join us in welcoming Savannah!

She shares: “I first got involved with STOP through Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)'s participation in the CBA coalition. From the intergenerational participation to the town halls, I was hooked.”

What's your vision of school safety?Tomorrow at 5, call in or Zoom with Hyde Park Academy students and alumni as they di...
04/26/2021
Re-imagining school safety: town hall Tuesday, April 27, 5pm — Southside Together Organizing for Power

What's your vision of school safety?

Tomorrow at 5, call in or Zoom with Hyde Park Academy students and alumni as they discuss holistic approaches to safety beyond policing. Learn about the safety vision of STOP youth and bring your own ideas to the table.

This June, Hyde Park Academy’s Local School Council will vote on whether they want to keep police in the school, or put in place an alternative safety plan. Here at STOP, our youth have been fighting to get the police out and instead invest in social workers, violence interrupters, and restorative justice.

We want to hear from YOU! Register:

This June, Hyde Park Academy’s Local School Council will vote on whether they want to keep police in the school, or put in place an alternative safety plan.

Our Alderwoman Jeanette B. Taylor 20th ward to the Tribune on the passing of our co-founder, Wardell Lavender:“I wouldn’...
04/26/2021
Community activist Wardell Lavender, known to many as the ‘Mayor of Woodlawn,’ dies at 80

Our Alderwoman Jeanette B. Taylor 20th ward to the Tribune on the passing of our co-founder, Wardell Lavender:

“I wouldn’t be in office if it wasn’t for Mr. Wardell,” Taylor said. “He really is the reason why I fell in love with Woodlawn and made it home for me.”

Wardell Lavender, 80, died on April 7 after a late-in-life career in political activism that spanned co-founding the organization Southside Together Organizing for Power, door-knocking for Ald. Jeanette Taylor’s 2019 campaign and getting kicked out of City Hall multiple times during demonstrations...

Check out this great coverage of yesterday's action.And tune in tonight at 7pm CDT to Chicago Tonight, where they will i...
04/13/2021
Push To Open Chicago Mental Health Clinics 9 Years After Emanuel Closed Them

Check out this great coverage of yesterday's action.

And tune in tonight at 7pm CDT to Chicago Tonight, where they will interview us about the fight to re-open the City mental health clinics.

“Stop Chicago” community activists are asking Mayor Lori Lightfoot to invest in city-run mental health clinics across the city as the nation’s mental health crisis is compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

We couldn't agree more with Deborah Harrington, long-time STOP ally and #Woodlawn native."I place my vote on the legisla...
04/13/2021
Letters: It’s time to support rent control

We couldn't agree more with Deborah Harrington, long-time STOP ally and #Woodlawn native.

"I place my vote on the legislation to repeal Illinois’ #RentControl ban. This path forward is a sensible solution that other states use."

In response to the April 6 Tribune editorial, “Yes, gentrification is a problem. But rent control isn’t the remedy.,” I can agree only with the first statement.

Thanks to the ~100 people, 2 aldermen, Collaborative for Community Wellness orgs, and 9+ years of activists who joined u...
04/12/2021

Thanks to the ~100 people, 2 aldermen, Collaborative for Community Wellness orgs, and 9+ years of activists who joined us this afternoon -- the 9th anniversary of Mayor Emanuel's closing half of the City's #MentalHealth clinics.

Together we can push Mayor Lori Lightfoot to use federal stimulus funds for #TreatmentNotTrauma!

Asked if she'd reopen public #MentalHealth clinics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said yes. Asked if she'd spend $25M dollars on ...
04/12/2021
"$25 Million and More" Petition

Asked if she'd reopen public #MentalHealth clinics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said yes. Asked if she'd spend $25M dollars on that, she declared, "Yes and more." Here's the video: youtu.be/4X7Ura_tpho

Call on the mayor to do this with stimulus funds: bit.ly/reopenclinics #TreatmentNotTrauma

When Candidate Lightfoot was asked if she would commit to reopen closed public mental health clinics, she said yes. When asked if she would commit to spend $25 million dollars on rebuilding the public mental health infrastructure in the city she said, emphatically, "Yes and more." (https://fb.watch/...

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share that Wardell Lavender, a co-founder of STOP, recently passed away. Our t...
04/08/2021

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share that Wardell Lavender, a co-founder of STOP, recently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Wardell was a guiding light, a source of joy and comfort, a real leader, a master base-builder, and a dear friend to so many.

His face was known and loved by everyone in the community.

Wardell was the stuff of legend. He traveled the world and the country. He shared tables with Mayor Washington, businessmen, and the homeless. Always dapper in his Cadillac, he was known across the city from smoke filled pool rooms to picket lines; banned from casinos because he was too lucky, and kicked out of City Hall because his voice would not be silenced. Wardell once owned a Harold’s Chicken Shack where he got the nickname ‘the Chicken Man’. He was also known in the community as ‘baby chick’ and ‘Rodriguez’ (which none of us ever understood). But the nickname he most earned was ‘the Mayor of Woodlawn’.

Wardell fought to save affordable housing, save City mental health clinics, and bring a trauma center to the University of Chicago. He fought for labor rights and immigrants rights, he fought with and for the poor and working people of Woodlawn, for their right to live with dignity and respect. He always brought youthful energy and joy to the movement; he loved to say ‘viva the struggle’ or ‘long live the struggle’.

Wardell built and activated a base of literally hundreds of people in causes for racial and economic justice and progressive political leadership. He knocked on thousands of doors putting canvassers 50 years his junior to shame. He made thousands of phone calls, flyered, marched, offered rides, and participated in countless meetings. But what will perhaps most be missed is his kindness and compassion. He lent a hand to so many in the community without judgment and treated everyone with dignity. He did all this with a beautiful smile that will be sorely missed.

To the Mayor of Woodlawn: you will forever remain in the hearts of the STOP family and movements across Chicago, we are grateful to have struggled and laughed and danced with you, ‘viva the struggle’!

Rest in Power

Join our reunion and fundraiser for the next half hour!STOPchicago.org/news/studentsalumni
02/18/2021

Join our reunion and fundraiser for the next half hour!
STOPchicago.org/news/studentsalumni

Join our reunion and fundraiser for the next half hour!
STOPchicago.org/news/studentsalumni

02/16/2021
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Hi everybody!

Get excited for the show tonight! The link to the Zoom meeting should be in the email with your ticket confirmation, but just in case that's hard to reach, here it is again!

ZOOM LINK:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87821375282

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We've got an awesome show for you tonight - see you at 7!

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Did you know we began as the "Student Tenant Organizing Project"?Join (and share) our 2/17 reunion and panel of students...
02/10/2021
Students and Residents Allying for Woodlawn: panel, fundraiser, reunion 17 years on (Feb. 17) — Southside Together Organizing for Power

Did you know we began as the "Student Tenant Organizing Project"?

Join (and share) our 2/17 reunion and panel of students and alumni. And meet leaders from trauma-center and before to CBA and beyond!

REGISTER BELOW for Wed., Feb. 17 at 7-8:30pm CT by video/call. From Duff Morton, Natalie Naculich, Adam Light, William Thomas, and Dominic Surya… To fellow students: Can you come to this panel? To fellow alumni: Can you join this reunion and fundraiser? To all: Can you invite students and

Treatment Not Trauma Phonebank
02/09/2021
Treatment Not Trauma Phonebank

Treatment Not Trauma Phonebank

Join STOP as we call residents to build support for Treatment Not Trauma--a council order that would dispatch mental health professionals and an EMT when someone is having a non-violent mental health or other crisis, instead of armed police officers.

02/08/2021
Electeds and Community Leaders to Hold Solidarity Fasting and Urge Lightfoot Admin to Deny Permit for Massive Metal Shredder Despite Pandemic, New Hunger Striker Joins Ranks while Activists, Electeds, and NGOs Hold Solidarity Fasts to Stop General I

Electeds and Community Leaders to Hold Solidarity Fasting and Urge Lightfoot Admin to Deny Permit for Massive Metal Shredder Despite Pandemic, New Hunger Striker Joins Ranks while Activists, Electeds, and NGOs Hold Solidarity Fasts to Stop General I

Want to get to know our public-health organizer, Cheryl Miller?Check out this charismatic interview of her on 15+ yrs dr...
02/06/2021
Working Shift: What’s It Like to Be a Cab Driver?

Want to get to know our public-health organizer, Cheryl Miller?

Check out this charismatic interview of her on 15+ yrs driving taxis! Where she helped unionize!

In the latest installment of our series the Working Shift, we talk to Chicago cabbie Cheryl Miller about what it’s like to drive a taxi.

Let's welcome our newest #organizer for re-opening #mentalhealth clinics!Cheryl has lived on the South Side most of her ...
02/05/2021
Welcome our new public-health organizer, Cheryl Miller! — Southside Together Organizing for Power

Let's welcome our newest #organizer for re-opening #mentalhealth clinics!

Cheryl has lived on the South Side most of her life, and been active in causes ranging from war to AIDS.

She believes that people sharing their experiences can change society.

She has been active in social justice causes ranging from anti-war and peace movements, anti-domestic violence, and AIDS activism. Most recently, Cheryl helped to lead the fight to organize a union for cab drivers.

Spread the news: We are #hiring a #TenantOrganizer!Help us take our @ObamaCBA work to the next level, and build the powe...
02/04/2021
We’re hiring a housing organizer. Apply or share! — Southside Together Organizing for Power

Spread the news: We are #hiring a #TenantOrganizer!

Help us take our @ObamaCBA work to the next level, and build the power of low-income and working-class Black renters in Woodlawn and surrounding neighborhoods.

Help STOP take our CBA work to the next level and continue to build the power of low income and working class Black tenants in Woodlawn and surrounding neighborhoods.

01/30/2021

Happening tomorrow in Hyde Park/Kenwood/Woodlawn!

Appeal from our treasurer, Mike:"Many of our victories this year, from the eviction ban to de-fund endorsements, were ha...
12/22/2020
Donate — Southside Together Organizing for Power

Appeal from our treasurer, Mike:

"Many of our victories this year, from the eviction ban to de-fund endorsements, were hard to imagine before 2020’s uprisings. But of course, they weren’t miracles; they’re what happens when more of us organize and invest -- thank you!"

stopchicago.org/news/appeal20

Donate And join us as a member!Affirm our mission and values, anddonate $60 per year or $5 per month.Members get a free STOP t-shirt and a discount to STOP event.Note: This membership is distinct from membership that elects our board. Our board is elected by members of our member groups: the Chicago...

12/19/2020

TLDR: If you can, give today so that throughout 2021, we can turn 2020’s break-throughs into a new, better normal. stopchicago.org/donate

Members and friends,

I’m Mike Scott, STOP member and board treasurer. Around the world, “2020” has meant loss and anger -- from the pandemic and policing and more. Yet last month, I hosted “Thankful for the Struggle,” and we as a STOP family came together with victories and hope: fall CBA ordinance passage, summer school-police de-funding, spring mutual aid, and every month new virtual town halls.

Many of these victories, from the eviction ban to de-fund endorsements, were hard to imagine before 2020’s uprisings. But of course, they weren’t miracles; they’re what happens when more of us organize and invest -- thank you!

2021 promises a vaccine and a “return to normal.” But of course, injustices like displacement and criminalization here are normalized, and there’s no miracle cure for that. As I consider budgets, I ask: Will 2021 leave our community behind once again, or will we sustain 2020’s outpouring of anger and support?

If you can, contribute today so that throughout 2021, we can turn 2020’s break-throughs into a new, better normal:

- Give $100 A MONTH or $1000 now so that for a month, we can support a young AmeriCorps worker becoming a STOP tenant organizer, for SENIORS FIGHTING COVID AND GENTRIFICATION

- Give $25 A MONTH or $300* now so we can organize a virtual town-hall, for instance, on POLICE-FREE MENTAL-HEALTH FIRST RESPONSE with our new public-health organizer, Cheryl Miller

- BECOME A DUES-PAYING MEMBER FOR JUST $5 A MONTH!
- Or any amount -- no contribution is too small (or large : )
- *You can deduct from your 2020 taxable income $300 in donations to tax-exempt exempt orgs like us, even if you don’t “itemize”! This per the CARES (coronavirus) act.

Give at stopchicago.org/donate or make a check to “Southside Together Organizing for Power” at 602 E 61st St, Chicago, IL 60637.**

As we close 2020, thank you for your commitment. Together, we can make 2021 transformative.

Mike Scott
STOP member and treasurer

**PS If you are 70.5 or older and have an IRA, consider making a contribution to us from your it -- it’s especially advantaged under tax law passed in 2017.

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STOP's Public Health Organizer, Cheryl Miller, is part of this forum of experts discussing the (in)justice surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in our city, particularly the Southside. I hope you all can join us, and don't forget to submit any questions you might have here: https://tinyurl.com/vaccinejustice
Happening tomorrow in Hyde Park/Kenwood/Woodlawn!
Mayor Lightfoot is talking about bringing Black people back to Chicago when the conditions they left under have worsened. That's why we have to be at the table during these conversations. Can I get y'all to sign and share this petition for an independent equity commission for Black communities?
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I really wanted to invite folks who live in Bronzeville or Kenwood to get involved with Bronzeville Kenwood Mutual Aid. We are neighbors helping neighbors! The goal of mutual aid is to share and exchange resources. We believe we are what we need and we can take responsibility for caring for each other in changing times. To Join Us and Volunteer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcnCkF5p0xcdL0cicKpKn3g1KNw-Zsmh0vzLSIqf9kxSY4Gw/viewform If you are in need of support please hit us up! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9-Nr2zB7EQoQf76wvvz_0zntG_tX4PvvdEGX-KJGaTgm7NA/viewform
Good evening! I'm looking for parents and community members willing to participate in a feedback session around unequal/inequitable resource distribution in Chicago Public Schools. If interested, please inbox me. Thanks!