Photos from Recent Activities

Thank you all for joining us for our "Winter Survivors" BBQ! We had a lot of great food, met some new people, and reconnected with some of our long-time members. And the weather was, well, pretty much what you would expect on the first full summer day in Chicago - very chilly, foggy, windy, and misty.

But we still had lots of fun. And thank you to everyone who donated and bought raffle tickets. If you haven't yet, please consider donating to NA4J:

The Alliance for Community Services is working with the People Project to provide an exciting leadership development training activity for worker and community activists that want to build on their experiences, enhance organizing skills and work together to advance our movement.

Drawing from top organizing training traditions and models, the People Project has crafted a training curriculum focused on our efforts to build worker-community connections, stop privatization and improve human services in Illinois.  These participatory sessions will include:
* theory and practice of community/coalition organizing
* making effective use of media
* How we got here:  history of welfare / human services organizing in Illinois
* making grievances work
* and more


48th Ward
TIF Illumination Meeting

Wednesday, June 18
7:00 – 9:00pm

Emanuel Congregation,
5959 N Sheridan Road

[free parking available, easily accessible by CTA train or bus]

Why should you care about Tax Increment Funds?

If you pay property taxes or use city services you are affected by TIFs.

TIFs have become a major source of development in every neighborhood in Chicago. Is that a good thing?

Come hear Tax Increment Funding explained so you can decide.

The presenters will be:

- Tom Tresser, co-founder of the CivicLab (, Chicago’s only co-working space dedicated to social justice and civic engagement, and lead organizer of The TIF Illumination Project ( which has been exposing what TIFs do to us at the ward level in new and powerful ways. The TIF Illumination Project is an all-volunteer effort.

- Ethne McMenamin, Associate Director of Policy, Chicago Coalition of the Homeless, Leader, Sweet Home Chicago Coalition.

Presented by The Social Action Committee, Emanuel Congregation. Co-sponsors for this event: Chicago Teachers Union, Northside Action for Justice, People Project, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, ONE Northside.

For more information, Carol Edelson, or 312-371-7147.

The short URL for this Facebook Event =


Thank you to everyone who attended our Human Services Forum on Friday, February 21
Progress Illinois: "Chicago-Area Residents Urge State Lawmakers to Address Social Service 'Crisis' in Illinois.

DNAInfo: $14 Million TIF for Uptown Luxury Housing Draws Committee OK, Protests

Progress Illinois: Debate Over Luxury Housing Development in Uptown Rages On


Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Tobey Prinz-Dovie Thurman Awards Dinner a Success!

It's not too late to donate! We are almost
at our goal of raising $5,000 for NA4J.
Please click here to make a donation to NA4J.

  Jitu Brown accepting the          Maryon Banks (center), with Kelate Gaim    Cook County Commissioner
    "Everyday Hero" Award for          and Virginia Hester, accepting the                 Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia giving
     his work on education               "Everyday Hero" Award for her work on          the keynote address
     justice and human rights           building affordable communities.

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NA4J is a member of CODE, fighting for an elected school board. CODE is mounting a civil rights lawsuit to challenge our unelected Board of Education.

CODE needs to raise $20K to fund this lawsuit. Please consider donating to support this cause. NA4J has long been in the fight for an elected representative school board, and we support this effort to challenge the constitutionality of our current unelected, mayoral appointed Board of Ed.
The unelected school board denies us voting rights, and we are being taxed billions without representation.

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