Community Resources

Organizations in Fighting Against Racism & Systemic Inequality

As the fight for equality for our BIPOC artists, peers, and persons continues, it’s important to share resources and lift up organizations using their means to combat the systems of racism and oppression present in our country. Below are organizations both in Chicago and abroad that could use monetary aide to continue their mission:

Chicago-Based Organizations

Black Lives Matter Chicago – The Chicago Chapter of Black Lives Matter;  an intersectional vehicle that values Black people and our right to self-determination. We fight for justice with families most impacted, while working to create just and equitable systems.

Chicago Community Bond Fund – The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence.

My Block My Hood My City – MBMHMC provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood.

Assata’s Daughters – Organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services.

Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Solidarity Network – A mutual aid organization run by residents of Ravenswood and Lincoln Square collecting food and supplies for communities in need around Chicago.

Other Organizations

Minnesota Freedom Fund – The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.
Reclaim the Block – A Minneapolis organization of community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.
Black Visions Collective – An organization dedicated to building a political home for Black communities in Minnesota that can also help foster the next generation of leadership.
Southern Poverty Law Center – The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Other Community Bail Funds

Brooklyn Bail Fund
Milwaukee Freedom Fund
Louisville Community Bail Fund
Atlanta Solidarity Fund

 

COVID-19 Testing Sites

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic continues to spread across Chicago. While the city has begun to open up in the past weeks, it remains important to get tested if you’re experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle or body aches, or nausea/vomitting.
Below are areas near our neighborhood offering testing:

Howard Brown Health – Locations at Clark, Sheridan, and Halsted. Call 773-388-1600 to set up an appointment.

Physicians Immediate Care – Locations at Lincoln & Peterson, Edgewater, North Center, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Jefferson Park, and Six Corners.

Ravenswood Pediatrics – Call to set up an appointment.

Swedish Hospital at the Galter Center – Call to set up an appointment.

For additional locations around the city, Do312 has compiled an excellent list here.

 

Voting Accessibility

The right to vote is one of the most valuable tools any person has to enact change in their community. Below are some resources on voter registration, and where people are able to register in the city of Chicago:

Illinois Online Voter Registration – Portal from the il.gov website to register to vote in Illinois.

Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners – If you’re looking for more information on how to vote by mail, the city’s Board of Elections Commissioners is the place to go. You can also watch this video for more information about voting by mail.