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Since our founding 40 years ago, our mission has remained constant - to resource grassroots movements addressing the root causes of injustice to change systems. The groups we fund lead strategic social movements that don’t occur in isolation. The work is nuanced and complex and at the heart of it are the relationships we build across-race, across-class, gender diverse, intergenerational and more. Because we are all coming at this work from our own unique perspectives and lived experiences it can be, I’ll say it, messy. It’s not always shiny, but it is in the generative dialogues that we find important lessons.

Grantees Highlights:
Race Conscious Dialogues, working with white people to deepen their awareness of identity, power, and privilege, and develop tools for anti-racism work.

Evanston Present and Future is leading a Reparations Ambassadors program of white and non-black people of color who will educate others and fundraise for Evanston's reparations fund.

People Matter is working to uplift Black residents in Chinatown and address anti-blackness in Asian communities throughout Chicago.

At Crossroads Fund we pool resources to sustain movement work for the long haul. We know that change takes time and yes, hard truths. Crossroads Fund is  committed to funding movements for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?

In Solidarity,

Jane Kimondo

Executive Director

 

 

LISTEN UP! Follow our Hot Rad [ICAL] Summer Playlist, a digital gift to you from the Crossroads Fund staff.

Wed, Aug 11, 2021

 

August is Black August.

August is Black Philanthropy Month

In 1979, Black August was created to honor political prisoners of the past and the present and celebrate the history of resistance.

We are called to reflect on the legacies of Black freedom fighters while rededicating ourselves to end incarceration in all its violent forms by divesting from systems that uphold white supremacy and colonialism and investing in communities' wellbeing.

August is also Black Philanthropy Month (BPM). A time to make visible all the ways Black people give to the community when this giving is always under-reported and not widely acknowledged. Crossroads Fund is grateful to all the Black giving that has sustained movements for justice throughout the ages. Below is information on both Black August and BPM.

In the spirit of Black Philanthropy Month, we invite you to donate to Crossroads FundJoin a diverse group of donors at Crossroads Fund  committed to funding movements for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?

In Solidarity,

Jane Kimondo

Executive Director

 

 
 

LISTEN UP! Follow our Hot Rad [ICAL] Summer Playlist, a digital gift to you from the Crossroads Fund staff.

Thu, Aug 05, 2021

June turned out to be one of the warmest months on record for Chicago. The recent fiery full moon was a result of smoke from the Western wildfires that made its way across the United States. Meanwhile, some parts of Asia and Europe have experienced the worst floods in decades. These events are a solemn reminder that the planet we’re inhabiting continues to warm up.  The deliberate actions by the state and institutions that uphold white supremacy today will have consequences that affect all of us, regardless of what corner of the world we live in.

At Crossroads Fund, we’re feeling the heat as we raise money to support grassroots movements sounding the alarm on environmental degradation and other disparities that influence our food, water, health and lifestyle choices for the foreseeable future. Our mandate is to fund grassroots groups mobilizing people towards a healthy and safe future that should be promised to all.

For the next four weeks we invite you to join our Hot Rad [ical] Summer fundraising campaign. Together, we will raise money to support organizing in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?

In Solidarity,

Jane Kimondo

Executive Director

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Fri, Jul 30, 2021

 

OUR ORGANIZING WILL FREE US

The year 2020 will be forever etched in our minds as the year of the global pandemic that shook us to our core and social uprisings for a future that is yet to be realized.  Our 2020 Annual Report* is a reflection of this reality.  It includes some reflections on the moment; powerful photos of grantees in motion; data on grants made; and the support from our amazing donors.  This report is our story of radical change and radical joy.  Please read and get inspired, as we are, to continue the work of justice for all.

Our Annual Report includes:

  • ED Letter
  • Financial Summary
  • Impact Numbers
  • List of 2020 Grantees

*Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

READ IT NOW

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Fri, Apr 30, 2021

   On April 5, community members held vigil for Adam Toledo in Little Village. Photo by Alexis Sanchez-Boyzo

Chicago Police killings 

 

On the evening of Tuesday, April 13, 2021 the mother of 13-year-old Adam Toledo did what no parent should have to do, and that as a society has become painfully too frequent. The Toledo family reviewed bodycam footage of an on-duty Chicago police officer fatally shooting Adam in the chest in the early hours of March 29, 2021 in the Little Village neighborhood. Unfortunately, it is not the only Chicago police-involved shooting targeting Black and brown people amid a global pandemic.  In the same week that Toledo was killed, 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez was fatally shot and killed in Portage Park (April 3, 2021). Before Adam and Anthony, 18-year-old Travon Chadwell was shot at a Home Depot in Brighton Park (March 26, 2021). Before Travon, 25-year-old Marc Nevarez was also shot while running away, dying instantly (October 23, 2020). Before Adam, Anthony, Travon, and Marc, there was 26-year-old Miguel Vega who was shot and later pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital (September 1, 2020). We cannot let this be our new normal. Black and brown communities have not had a moment to heal from so many lives cut short due to police interactions. We say their names because the calls for systemic changes to end racist policing and surveillance is where our attention needs to be right now.

 

According to initial reporting, Chicago police encountered Adam when responding to the ShotSpotter gunfire detection system. This type of surveillance technology permeates Black and Latinx neighborhoods, placing residents in close proximity to police and the inherent danger of getting killed by those who are supposed to serve and protect.

 

Videos like that of Adam Toledo getting killed by police continue to traumatize our communities. There is no space to mourn the people we love while yet another person is murdered. Today, our solidarity is with Adam Toledo's family, the community of Little Village, and all those who have died or have been terrorized by state violence. We will continue to support groups working for a world where safety is not an exclusive club for a few, but an open promise to all.

 


 

 

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Bystander Intervention to Stop Police Sponsored Violence and Anti-Black Racist Harassment training.In response to the continued police violence against Black communities and the recent murders of Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Hollaback! is offering a FREE, one-hour, interactive training on how to safely intervene in the face of police violence and anti-Black racism using Hollaback!’s 5D’s bystander intervention. Register



Information on ShotSpotter and other surveillance technology

After the police killing of Adam Toledo in Chicago, the ShotSpotter gunfire detection system deserves serious scrutiny.

 

Gun Shot Detection [Chicago Police Surveillance]

 

The Shots Heard Round the City: Are Chicago’s new shot detection and predictive policing technologies worth it? 

 

Thu, Apr 15, 2021