Seeds of Change 2018 Highlights

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On behalf of Crossroads Fund board members and staff, thank you to our attendees, host committee, and sponsors for making our annual fundraiser a success!

Seeds of Change was a night of rejuvenation, community, and resistance. The Crossroads Fund annual benefit, held on Friday, April 6, convened a record number of supporters at the landmark Chicago Cultural Center. The event included a silent auction with over 150 items, Mediterranean-inspired food by Big Delicious Planet, and beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Big Change Endowment Campaign Update. Crossroads Fund Executive Director Jeanne Kracher reported that the Big Change Endowment campaign surpassed its goal of $2 million and has raised $2.25 million. Kracher said, "This campaign was made possible by you, Chicago's activists and organizers. Thank you. Crossroads Fund will now be able to give more grants to more organizations and support more movement building across Chicago." The campaign is now complete but you can still contribute to the endowment.

$1,000,000 in Grants. Emmanuel Garcia, Development and Communications Manager, announced that for the first time in Crossroads Fund's history, the organization is projected to grant over $1,000,000. Jane Kimondo, Program Director, said, "This exciting moment for Crossroads Fund would not be possible without the generosity of the more than 1,000 people who donate annually to support movements for racial, social, and economic justice. Thank you." Please stay in touch with Crossroads Fund for future announcements on this unprecedented achievement.

Protecting Immigrants. PASO – West Suburban Action Project roused the crowd with their chants, “Si se puede!” The suburban immigrant rights group was honored with the Ron Sable Award for Activism for their strategic and sophisticated work in the policy arena and their compassionate and loving approach to building movements.

Preserving History. Sylvia Fischer and Fannie Rushing, PhD, accepted the Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice on behalf of the Chicago Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) History Project. The ninety-nine year old Sylvia Fischer inspired and delighted the audience by taking the stage to thank Crossroads Fund for their continued support in making SNCC's work possible. The equally electrifying Fannie Rushing spoke of the legacy of SNCC but also to the parallel struggles of the 1960s and now. Dr. Rushing powerfully reminded the crowd that the symbol for the freedom struggle is a raised fist and not Hollywood's capitalistic symbols from mythical superheroes.

Holding Police Accountable for Violence.  The Chicago Torture Justice Campaign accepted the Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award for their organizing over 30-year struggle to obtain justice and redress for the 120 African-American men and women subjected to racially-motivated torture from 1972 to 1991. Survivor Anthony Holmes and attorney Joey Mogul accepted the award on behalf of the many survivors, family members, activists, and organizers who successfully won a Reparations Ordinance from the City of Chicago in 2015.

Thanks to our 2018 Seeds of Change Event Sponsors.

See the full list of supporters here.


Chicago SNCC History Project 

Chicago Torture Justice Campaign


(credit: Sarah-Ji)