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Big Shoulders, Big Change: Community Organizing in Chicago

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Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

1212 East 59th Street

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INSTITUTE OF POLITICS

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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
  • Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative and Grassroots Illinois Action

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

  • This event is free and open to UChicago students, faculty, staff and the public. If you cannot attend, please cancel your ticket order.
  • Registration is required. Tickets are general admission and registration does not guarantee a seat.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins.
  • If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of this venue, please email Christine Hurley, Director of Production & Special Events, at cehurley@uchicago.edu.

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