A Historic Victory!

Mar 9, 2023

Something Historic Happened on February 28

As I’m sure you know by now, the municipal elections last Tuesday included a brand new public office – Police District Council! That is historic! And it is because of an organizing victory that ONE Northside was instrumental in, 6 years in the making. YOU ALL DID THIS!! Because of our work with allies on accountable policing and more restorative community based public safety, we won the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance on July 21, 2021. Which created these 66 new public offices!

Community organizing is all about building people power and creating more mechanisms for regular people to engage powerfully in civic life. That is what we did with ECPS. We can both claim this important victory, and know that it is ON US to make it work!

The majority of the people elected to District Council seats are aligned with the goals of ECPS, and that happened because we educated the community on this new position.

We knew when we created, fought for, and passed ECPS that the work of implementation was going to be substantial. Now we get to make our victory work and create community safety for everyone!


-Jennifer Ritter
Co-Executive Director

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Bring Chicago Home People’s Hearing
Sunday, March 12, 3pm-5:30pm
Grace Church in Logan Square, 3325 W Wrightwood Ave

The last city council (Nov 2022) refused to have a public dialogue about community-led solutions to address our housing and homelessness crisis. As a new administration is set to take office, join individuals and organizations from across Chicago as we DEMAND that the next administration take meaningful action to begin housing 65,000 Chicagoans living on the streets, in shelters or doubled-up. Join us!


Lift the Ban Rally in Springfield!
Join us in Springfield on March 22 to push the House of Representatives to pass HB3709. We’ll meet at ONE Northside’s office at 6:30am on Wednesday, March 22, leaving promptly at 7am by coach for Springfield. If interested in joining, contact Housing Organizer Dordie Hester at dh*****@on**********.org.

More details will be sent to the Affordable Housing news list next week.

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Public Safety Mayoral Forum
Tuesday, March 14, 4:30pm
UIC Forum, 1213 S Halsted St

CP4P has partnered with other violence prevention programs across the city to co-sponsor a mayoral forum focused entirely on public safety. Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas will be asked to specifically share their plans for community violence intervention, youth programming, community development, and effective policing.


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Women of Color Table Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 7pm-9pm

The Women of Color Table is a space for healing, building community, and leadership development. All women of color are welcome to join.

This month’s meeting is tentatively scheduled as an in-person meeting in Rogers Park. RSVP by Monday at 2pm. Location details will be sent to those who have registered. Food will be provided.


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Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability – Public Meeting 
Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm
Location TBD or view via livestream

Be a part of the process by attending a meeting of the Community Commission. 


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Become a Parent Mentor!

We are seeking enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to support students, teachers, and parents with us as part of our Parent Mentors team! We are recruiting new Parent Mentors (especially parents of students) in the following schools:

  • Gale Community Academy
  • John T. McCutcheon Elementary School
  • Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School
  • Horace Greeley Elementary School
  • New Field Primary School
  • Joyce Kilmer Elementary School

All are welcome. No experience is necessary. Trainings are provided once a week, and Parent Mentors receive a $1000 stipend for every 100 hours worked.
If interested, call or text Nellie Moreno at (773) 679-0088 or complete the interest form below.


Join us to build a diverse, united North Side of Chicago acting powerfully for our shared values of racial, social, and economic justice in communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.