Southside Together Organizing for Power - STOP

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 Agre

Sign up for our occasional emails at the bottom of STOPchicago.org

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 Agre

Operating as usual

Join us at our New-Member Orientation at 5 pm CT TODAY to learn from STOP leaders, and organizers about STOP, our organi...
07/27/2021
New-member orientation: 7/27 Zoom with STOP leaders! — Southside Together Organizing for Power

Join us at our New-Member Orientation at 5 pm CT TODAY to learn from STOP leaders, and organizers about STOP, our organizing, and how you can be part of it all!

Register to get an email with the video link and phone number here: https://www.stopchicago.org/news/townhalljul21

STOP is more than campaigns, like CBA. STOP is a membership organization, led by community members. Join this town hall to meet with STOP leaders and learn how you can join.

IF YOU’RE IN THE 6TH WARD OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS: We’re holding a town hall specially for 6th-ward residents, on the #Tr...
07/27/2021

IF YOU’RE IN THE 6TH WARD OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS: We’re holding a town hall specially for 6th-ward residents, on the #TreatmentNotTrauma ordinance.

It’s this Thursday, July 29 at 6pm. Zoom in at bit.ly/6thwardtownhall or call in at 312-626-6799, ID 880 0367 4680. Or spread the word to friends in that ward!

IF YOU’RE IN THE 6TH WARD OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS: We’re holding a town hall specially for 6th-ward residents, on the #TreatmentNotTrauma ordinance.

It’s this Thursday, July 29 at 6pm. Zoom in at bit.ly/6thwardtownhall or call in at 312-626-6799, ID 880 0367 4680. Or spread the word to friends in that ward!

This report opens with our victory! And it explains our victory in light of others.Injustice Watch reports: "Jones Colle...
07/22/2021
More than 30 Chicago high schools will pursue alternatives to police | Injustice Watch

This report opens with our victory! And it explains our victory in light of others.

Injustice Watch reports: "Jones College Prep, like a number of other schools that voted to remove police, is a selective enrollment school. That’s part of what makes Hyde Park Academy’s vote to replace one of two police officers so significant, said Maira Khwaja, the community representative."

Khwaja says of our neighborhood high school, Hyde Park Academy: "We don’t have the most resources on the South Side, so I think it’s a really optimistic sign for other open enrollment neighborhood schools to realize that our kids deserve the same type of holistic care as kids in selective enrollment schools."

Local School Councils voted to replace cops with social workers, security guards, and restorative justice coordinators

Please take a moment to sign this petition. People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed b...
07/20/2021
United Working Families

Please take a moment to sign this petition. People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement. The majority of mental health crisis calls do not involve a crime and do not involve violence.

"Given the prevalence of mental illness in police shootings, reducing encounters between on-duty law enforcement and individuals with the most severe psychiatric diseases may represent the single most immediate, practical strategy for reducing fatal police shootings in the United States." (Treatment Advocacy Center, 2015)
action.unitedworkingfamilies.org/ccw_petition

People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement. "Given the prevalence of mental illness in police shootings, reducing encounters between on-duty law enforcement and individuals with the most severe psychiatric diseases may represent the single most imme...

Photos from Defund CPD Campaign's post
07/20/2021

Photos from Defund CPD Campaign's post

07/19/2021

Spread the word:

In honor of our late co-founder Wardell Lavender, join us and The Night Ministry for a resource fair, especially for people experiencing homelessness!

It's this Wednesday, July 21, 6-8pm on Jeffery and 70th. Look for a van/bus on the south-east corner.

Today our Summer 2021 Youth Program participants went out canvassing to put our recent trainings about people- and commu...
07/16/2021

Today our Summer 2021 Youth Program participants went out canvassing to put our recent trainings about people- and community-power into practice!

We went from door to door in Woodlawn to ask our neighbors and fellow community members to join the fight for #CopsOutCPS

Learn more about our campaign at our website: stopchicago.org!

And read more about our recent victory at Hyde Park Academy, at stopchicago.org/news/pfs2021

Today our Summer 2021 Youth Program participants went out canvassing to put our recent trainings about people- and community-power into practice!

We went from door to door in Woodlawn to ask our neighbors and fellow community members to join the fight for #CopsOutCPS

Learn more about our campaign at our website: stopchicago.org!

And read more about our recent victory at Hyde Park Academy, at stopchicago.org/news/pfs2021

Yes! Citing our coalition to re-open City clinics:"A major investment in mental health services, such as the one the coa...
07/09/2021
If you want a safer transit system, support better mental health services

Yes! Citing our coalition to re-open City clinics:

"A major investment in mental health services, such as the one the coalition is proposing, could go a long way towards preventing violent crime on transit, and everywhere else in Chicago."

Providing all citizens with adequate mental health support is crucial for creating a safer, more peaceful city.

Calling All Youth!!!!The STOP Youth Action Program is still accepting applications for our Summer 2021 programming!Parti...
07/08/2021

Calling All Youth!!!!

The STOP Youth Action Program is still accepting applications for our Summer 2021 programming!

Participants will be able to learn and practice community organizing skills, develop their political consciousness and leadership abilities, and have an opportunity to shape STOP's ongoing campaigns.

If interested, please apply by this Friday (7/9) at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1868GR2Isv4-T4uS46fgdS1VPtCe3h3pQZALdKoyRy28/edit

Calling All Youth!!!!

The STOP Youth Action Program is still accepting applications for our Summer 2021 programming!

Participants will be able to learn and practice community organizing skills, develop their political consciousness and leadership abilities, and have an opportunity to shape STOP's ongoing campaigns.

If interested, please apply by this Friday (7/9) at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1868GR2Isv4-T4uS46fgdS1VPtCe3h3pQZALdKoyRy28/edit

07/07/2021

We are hiring for three full-time roles! All job descriptions including salary rates can be found at http://bit.ly/ADStaffCircle

Priority deadline is next Monday! Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or access needs.

"The council voted unanimously Thursday to remove one campus police officer and reinvest district funds to hire a 'dynam...
07/06/2021
Hyde Park Academy Changes Course; Will Keep 1 Campus Police Officer But Replace Other With New Staff Member

"The council voted unanimously Thursday to remove one campus police officer and reinvest district funds to hire a 'dynamic' dean trained in restorative justice."

Check out the news! And check out our statement: stopchicago.org/news/pfs2021

Principal Antonio Ross said the school is positioned well to go to one officer next year and have a staffer trained in restorative justice support different initiatives around the school.

BREAKING✊🏿🎉💪🏿 -  Statement from STOP youth and Not Me We on removal of police officer from Hyde Park Academy: Yesterday ...
07/02/2021
Hyde Park Academy LSC votes to get rid of 1 police officer at school

BREAKING✊🏿🎉💪🏿 - Statement from STOP youth and Not Me We on removal of police officer from Hyde Park Academy:

Yesterday the Hyde Park Academy Local School Council voted to remove one of the two police officers from the school and replace them with a culture and climate dean who will focus on restorative justice. We are one of the very few majority Black high schools to have voted to remove police and invest in alternatives. This step is a significant victory for our youth led campaign which has been pushing to remove all police from the school and reinvest in restorative justice alternatives.

STOP youth and Not Me We partnered with the Chicago Teachers Union and #CopsOutCPS to build a campaign that included organizing youth, teachers, parents, and community to demand the removal of police and reinvestment in alternatives at Hyde Park Academy. We learned a lot from this experience: we built relationships with students, teachers, parents and community; we got a better understanding of why some teachers, staff and parents support the police in the school; and through this work our youth developed their leadership.

But we still have more work to do. We are not sitting down and we are not taking a break. We will not stop until all police are removed from our schools. We will work to build alternatives to policing in our school. We will educate and have the difficult conversations with our school community to show them that alternatives to police work, and will result in a safer school with greater investment in our youth. Finally, we will continue organizing with our youth to build their power and voice in the school and city.

Last year, our school—and nearly all majority Black schools—voted unanimously to keep the police in the school. They said it was impossible for a majority Black school on the south side to remove police…well Black students made the impossible possible. Now let’s get back to work and finish the job.

At its July 1 meeting, Hyde Park Academy’s Local School Council members voted unanimously to approve a Whole School Safety Plan that would keep one school resource officer (SRO), eliminate

STOP-branded hoodies have arrived at our office! If you start contributing $5/month (or $60/year), you join our dues-pay...
07/01/2021

STOP-branded hoodies have arrived at our office! If you start contributing $5/month (or $60/year), you join our dues-paying #membership. stopchicago.org/donate

And members can pick up their #swag today until 5pm at our office. Our office is at 602 E 61st. We have them in sizes ranging from XS to XXL. Just come wearing a mask; we'll mask too!

Our public high school here in Woodlawn isn't yet a #PoliceFreeSchool. Its Local School Council was split between keepin...
06/30/2021
STOP organizer hopeful despite Hyde Park Academy LSC's decision to keep SROs

Our public high school here in Woodlawn isn't yet a #PoliceFreeSchool. Its Local School Council was split between keeping two police, removing one, or removing both. So we keep fighting!

As our director, Alex, reminded the Hyde Park Herald: "Last year the vote was unanimous to keep police in the school and this year it wasn't."

The Local School Council (LSC) at Hyde Park Academy voted last week to keep both of its student resource officers (SROs) in the school, as reported at the time by

Cheryl Miller, organizer of our campaign to re-open City mental-health clinics, on the $1.8 BILLION Chicago is getting i...
06/28/2021
Expand Child Care and Reopen Mental Health Clinics — This Is How Chicago Progressives Want To Spend $1.8 Billion In COVID Relief

Cheryl Miller, organizer of our campaign to re-open City mental-health clinics, on the $1.8 BILLION Chicago is getting in pandemic stimulus:

"We want all of them open."

"Mayor Lightfoot promised to reopen (City clinics) and said that she would reinvest a minimum of $25 million in rebuilding the public mental health infrastructure. We are now demanding that she honor that commitment."

The plan would also create a guaranteed basic income for Chicago’s poorest residents, forgive debt from unpaid water bills and provide housing assistance. Left out are Chicago police, fire and emergency management departments.

Calling all YOUTH!! The STOP Youth Action Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2021. Beginning in July, part...
06/18/2021
STOP Summer Youth Application

Calling all YOUTH!!

The STOP Youth Action Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2021.

Beginning in July, participants will learn and practice community organizing skills, develop their political consciousness and leadership abilities, and have an opportunity to shape STOP's ongoing campaigns.

Apply now: https://forms.gle/JWfJrbxY6yWBhF1p6

Youth Summer Job Application

Next Tuesday, March with Bronzeville neighbors!Aziyah Roberts, KOCO youth leader, started the first march in 2018, at ag...
06/17/2021

Next Tuesday, March with Bronzeville neighbors!

Aziyah Roberts, KOCO youth leader, started the first march in 2018, at age 13. She says:

“I was angry that Black girls and women around the city going missing, being harmed, abducted and even murdered and not much was being said or done about it. I went to my grandmother and to KOCO. I told them we should do a march."

ACTION ALERT: JOIN YOUTH MARCH AGAINST MISSING BLACK WOMEN - https://mailchi.mp/kocoonline/mercy-4729546 #WeWalkForHer

06/11/2021

We are live in front of Hyde Park demanding police be removed and reinvestment in alternatives.

Thanks to #MapTheMovement for literally "putting us on the map"!Check out this map of local grassroots groups fighting t...
06/11/2021
Southside Together Organizing for Power | #MapTheMovement

Thanks to #MapTheMovement for literally "putting us on the map"!

Check out this map of local grassroots groups fighting to end police violence, mass incarceration, and other racial injustices.

Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) builds the power of residents in our historic Black low-income community — Woodlawn and surrounding neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago — to impact the forces and decisions that affect our lives.

06/08/2021
#CopsOutCPS wins the Woods Fund's Power of Community award

Thanks to Woods Fund Chicago for another Power of Community award!

In 2019, our youth and trauma-center campaign was recognized. Now, just three years later, our youth and police-free schools coalition is recognized. Check out #CopsOutCPS with this video!

Thanks especially to our youth organizer, Ling Young, for representing us at the ceremony last week!

Tomorrow starting at noon by the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, we will be Celebrating Wardell Lavender’s life with stories an...
06/04/2021

Tomorrow starting at noon by the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, we will be Celebrating Wardell Lavender’s life with stories and chicken. Join us! Until then, check out this beautiful tribute our friend Duff Morton sent in for tomorrow...

"People often call Wardell Lavender the Mayor of Woodlawn, and that seems correct, but I would like to remember him in another way, too. I’d like to remember Wardell as a lighthouse. Mayors order people around – or, at least, some mayors order people around. Lighthouses make people shine with light.

"There is a memory that I cherish of Wardell, volunteering on the campaign of a candidate whose name I’m not going to mention. It was a cold, sunny day in an empty back office somewhere. Wardell and I were sitting at two long folding tables, making phone calls for the candidate, reading the phone numbers off of paper lists that the campaign had given us. Most of the volunteers were taking maybe a minute or two to make each phone call – 'Hi, please remember to vote for our candidate. Thank you for your support.' And I myself felt pretty special if I could get someone to stay on the phone for three minutes. But Wardell was spending five or ten minutes for each call.

"So I wondered what was going on, and I started eavesdropping. Call after call, Wardell seemed to know the people on the other end of the line. He was chatting like an old friend. 'What’s new? How’s your father doing? Do you still have that cat?'

"And when he talked to each person, you could see him shining; you could tell that people were shining back.

"That’s how well Wardell knew people: if you handed him a random list of phone numbers in Woodlawn, he had a connection to everyone on the list. That’s how much light he brought into the world.

"Also, I can remember the way that Wardell wrapped up his phone calls that day. He wouldn’t say, Our candidate is number one. He would say, 'We’re going to elect this guy. And if he doesn’t do right, we’ll kick him out in four years.' That line made me smile and it still makes me smile, because it shows where Wardell’s faith lies. It’s not faith in an alderman or a congressperson. It’s faith in the 'we,' the 'us,' the people who use their power to change their world – and change it again in four years.

"I remember Wardell’s calm smile, his generosity, the peace that I felt. I feel so grateful that he let some of his light shine on me. And I hope that we can keep reflecting that light so that new people, the people he did not have time to meet, can start to see themselves illuminated with the brightness and the power that he left behind for us to share."

Tomorrow starting at noon by the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, we will be Celebrating Wardell Lavender’s life with stories and chicken. Join us! Until then, check out this beautiful tribute our friend Duff Morton sent in for tomorrow...

"People often call Wardell Lavender the Mayor of Woodlawn, and that seems correct, but I would like to remember him in another way, too. I’d like to remember Wardell as a lighthouse. Mayors order people around – or, at least, some mayors order people around. Lighthouses make people shine with light.

"There is a memory that I cherish of Wardell, volunteering on the campaign of a candidate whose name I’m not going to mention. It was a cold, sunny day in an empty back office somewhere. Wardell and I were sitting at two long folding tables, making phone calls for the candidate, reading the phone numbers off of paper lists that the campaign had given us. Most of the volunteers were taking maybe a minute or two to make each phone call – 'Hi, please remember to vote for our candidate. Thank you for your support.' And I myself felt pretty special if I could get someone to stay on the phone for three minutes. But Wardell was spending five or ten minutes for each call.

"So I wondered what was going on, and I started eavesdropping. Call after call, Wardell seemed to know the people on the other end of the line. He was chatting like an old friend. 'What’s new? How’s your father doing? Do you still have that cat?'

"And when he talked to each person, you could see him shining; you could tell that people were shining back.

"That’s how well Wardell knew people: if you handed him a random list of phone numbers in Woodlawn, he had a connection to everyone on the list. That’s how much light he brought into the world.

"Also, I can remember the way that Wardell wrapped up his phone calls that day. He wouldn’t say, Our candidate is number one. He would say, 'We’re going to elect this guy. And if he doesn’t do right, we’ll kick him out in four years.' That line made me smile and it still makes me smile, because it shows where Wardell’s faith lies. It’s not faith in an alderman or a congressperson. It’s faith in the 'we,' the 'us,' the people who use their power to change their world – and change it again in four years.

"I remember Wardell’s calm smile, his generosity, the peace that I felt. I feel so grateful that he let some of his light shine on me. And I hope that we can keep reflecting that light so that new people, the people he did not have time to meet, can start to see themselves illuminated with the brightness and the power that he left behind for us to share."

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💥 NOW THROUGH 5 p.m. on FRIDAY, APRIL 30, please submit a public comment in support of the South Side Health Transformation Project's South Side Healthy Community Model. (https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/2021A-003%20South%20Side%20Healthy%20Community%20Model.pdf) Here are instructions for how to fill out your public comment: ▪️Click here for the link which will take you directly to the HFS form to submit your public comment: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nwgia7qOPEaE9TFxIQ-QBdbPYYbNtf9Eq5UsSa51p7NUMlJZUjFMUzFWOVRIUk04TEJLWU1JWjM0Si4u ▪️Enter your basic information into the form ▪️For question #4 (“Which application are you commenting on?”) please enter: 2021A-003 South Side Healthy Community Model ▪️For question #5 (“Application Comment”) you may of course draft your own comment or, if it helps, cut and paste from the language below: “I write today urging the State to please fund the South Side Healthy Community Model. The South Side has been under-resourced for decades leaving residents with shorter lifespans and more chronic conditions that have contributed recently to our much higher rates of COVID and COVID fatalities, as one example. I have been really happy to see how deep and broad the community input has been to this plan, which addresses the key health delivery issues that plague the South Side, including lack of access to: primary care providers, especially those of color; specialty care directly in the community; community-based education around both prevention and health care resources; and coordination and collaboration around health care providers and community organizations that can help bridge the gap between clinical care and social determinants of health. These gaps include access to nutritional food, economic opportunity and jobs, transportation needs, education, housing and more. We need a long-term solution, and we are grateful to the State for the chance to start making real progress. Thank you.” Fill out the remainder of the form, and submit! Please also encourage your friends, neighbors, colleagues, family and more to submit a public comment so the South Side can finally get the healthcare our community deserves. We are hoping to learn about at least first year funding awards by the end of June.
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
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