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mini golf, big change!

Come on out for the sixth annual mini golf, big change!
A miniature golf outing to benefit Crossroads Fund.

Bear Golfing

Wednesday, August 8, 2012* 6 – 9 p.m.
Diversey Mini Golf Course
141 W. Diversey Parkway, in Lincoln Park

This location is wheelchair accessible.

Great prizes for top golfers! Food and refreshments!
$16 in advance, $20 at the door

Online ticketing is now closed, but you can still buy tickets at the door!

For more information call the Crossroads Fund office at 773.227.7676 or e-mail rachel@crossroadsfund.org

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

McAlpine Consulting for Growth

Uptown Bikes

Big Delicious Planet

Mightybytes

Host Committee:  Sarah Best, Frank Edwards, Emmanuel Garcia, Kristina Roque, Megan Selby, Mairita Smiltars, Thelma Uranga, Gilberto Villasenor, Rachel Wallis

* Rain date August 15. In the event of rain, Crossroads Fund will send a notice to all ticket purchasers and our listserve.

Wed, Jun 27, 2012

Over the past week we’ve seen two instances where grassroots movements, both supported by Crossroads Fund, have won historic victories.

Immigrant Youth Justice League, photo by Sarah Jane RheeOn June 8th, President Obama announced that undocumented youth who met certain criteria would be eligible for deportation waivers and work permits. Although this is not a complete solution to the issues facing the millions of undocumented people living and working in the US, it is a huge step forward, and observers agree that it would not have happened without the actions of undocumented youth. Over the last two years, undocumented youth from around the country have risked arrest and deportation in brave civil disobedience actions calling for immigration reform. Chicago’s own Immigrant Youth Justice League has been a leader in the movement, participating in local and national actions pressing for justice for undocumented immigrants. This recent decision could change the lives of more than 800,000 young people.

Tamms Year Ten protest, Photo by William DeShazer, Chicago TribuneToday the good news continued, as Governor Quinn announced that he would move forward with the plan to close the Tamms supermax prison, along with several other correctional facilities in the state. For years, Crossroads grantee Tamms Year Ten has been calling attention to the inhumane conditions at the prison, where inmates are kept in extreme isolation without access to education or even human contact. Despite their tiny budget, Tamms Year Ten has used diverse tactics including art, education, poetry, legislative hearings, advocacy and community organizing in their efforts to close the prison. Although the legislature may still move to reopen the facilities in the fall, it will become much more difficult to reopen them once they have already been shut down.

Both Tamms Year Ten and the Immigrant Youth Justice League are small, all-volunteer grassroots organizations going up against huge institutions. And both groups received their first foundation support from Crossroads Fund. We believe in the power of grassroots organizing to change history, and we are able to take the risk and invest in small groups with unproven track records. As these two historic victories show, those investments pay off tenfold.

Crossroads Fund – Thirty years of seeding change, growing leaders and building movements.

Wed, Jun 20, 2012

Over the past year, Crossroads Fund has been working hard to improve our communications, both online and off. We revamped our website, added a blog, created grantee profile videos, revamped our newsletter, and upped our game on Facebook. Often our media ideas and inspiration come from our grantees, many of whom are grassroots media superstars!

Here are a couple of current and former Crossroads Fund grantees who are using media to get their message out in new and exciting ways:

Southside Together Organizing for Power and Fearless Leading by the Youth:

Protesters occupy a closed mental health clinic. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee. STOP and their youth group FLY have used creative protests and courageous direct action to get media coverage for issues that often go unseen, from cuts in mental health services in Chicago, to the lack of a trauma center on the city’s South Side. Their “Thriller” flash mob got mentioned in a Chicago News Cooperative/New York Times article, and their ongoing occupation of a mental health clinic slated to close has been making headlines for weeks.

United African Organization:

African Voices

United African Organization is making the most of their online presence. Over the last year, they have added a blog to their website, which features news and analysis of interest to the community of African immigrants and refugees that they work with. They also launched the “African Voices” podcast, an online oral history series highlighting the diverse African community in Chicago. Their increased online presence has paid off with national media attention: UAO Executive Director Alie Kabba was named one of the The Grio’s “100 Leaders Making History Today.”

Grassroots Collaborative

Protesters deliver a golden toilet to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Photo by Grassroots Collaborative. It’s not every day that a golden toilet makes it onto the pages of the Chicago Tribune, but Grassroots Collaborative’s creative and amusing stunt shamed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange into returning tax money they had received from the city to upgrade their bathrooms. From public bake sales to outdoor classrooms, they use public protest to draw the media’s attention to dry economic issues.

 

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

When the “It Gets Better” campaign sparked a national conversation about bullying and LGBTQ youth suicide, something was missing from the conversation: the voices of LGBTQ youth, many of whom are organizing to make their situations better today. The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance shot a fantastic new video, “Dear 40 Year Old Me,” highlighting the stories of many of their youth leaders. It is beautifully produced and makes a strong case for the value of their work with LGBTQ youth in Illinois.

 

If you wish you could up your media game to the level of these inspiring grantee groups, then check out the Community Media Workshop’s Making Media Connections conference this June! We attend the conference almost every year, and always come home excited and energized by what we hear there. Learn strategies and build skills around social media, pitching to news outlets, blogging and more!

Discount rates are available for the Crossroads Fund community, contact Rachel@crossroadsfund.org for more info.

Wed, May 16, 2012

Mata Traders 15% offer

Crossroads Fund is excited to announce a community partnership with Mata Traders for the month of May!

Mata Traders is an independent women’s clothing label located in Chicago that wholesales and retails a high fashion line of fairly traded apparel and accessories. The company works directly with women’s cooperatives and artisan groups throughout India and Nepal that pay a fair wage and provide training, benefits and safe working conditions. Each month they choose a community partner and donate a portion of online sales to that organization. Crossroads Fund is thrilled to be their community partner this month!

Shop online for fair trade clothing, housewares, jewelry and more, use the coupon code Roads15 when you check out, and 15% of your purchase will go to support the work of Crossroads Fund. Look great and support racial, social and economic justice in Chicago and around the world!

Wed, May 02, 2012

Immigrant Youth Justice League members occupy an intersection in Georgia. Photo by Isaac Steiner.

When hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Chicago in 2006 to protest unjust immigration laws, Crossroads Fund’s grantees were there. We support groups that have grown over the years to take leadership roles in immigrant rights organizing, like the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center and the United African Organization, as well as emerging leaders like the Immigrant Youth Justice League.

Crossroads Fund is proud of our 30 year history of supporting immigrant rights organizing in Chicago. To hear about the impact of a Crossroads Fund grant on one immigrant rights group, watch the short video below.

Mon, Apr 23, 2012