On July 23rd, we had a 10th Anniversary ONE Northside Block Party! There were activities for kids, and ways for all community members to connect, have fun and learn about ONE Northside. ONE Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational non-profit organization that builds collective power to eliminate injustice through grassroots community organizing. We organize people from over 100 institutions, as well as individual community residents, from Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Ravenswood, North Center, Lake View, and Lincoln Park. This was our first ONE Northside Block Party, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, but now we think it will become an annual tradition!
A Classic Summertime Northside Block Party
Hundreds of people showed up for food, fun, and connection! ONE Northside is an organization that brings people together based on our shared values of diversity, justice, leadership development and people power. Part of the way we do that is by coming together and spending quality time together.
Fun for Kids
We had lots of opportunities for fun for kids, including a bounce house and face painting. Parent Mentors graciously provided the face painting and talked about their programs in the schools. Our Parent Mentor Program is building powerful parents and families, building powerful students and classrooms, and building powerful community-centered schools.
The weather was nice as people came together to talk about how to build an equitable future for all of us. We had tickets for giveaways from our sponsors, also raffle tickets for free t-shirts for folks who filled out comments to the FHA about the need for tenant protections. The SRO team made friendship bracelets, because community connections is how we build power.
ONE Northside Community Block Party = Smiling Faces
We loved connecting with so many dedicated leaders, volunteers, Uptown neighbors and elected officials! We believe that those affected by the issues in the community are best equipped to come together and develop solutions, create action strategies, then lead in those strategies. Our grassroots leaders work on issues including housing justice, mental health justice and healthcare access, police accountability and community safety, and environmental justice. Who knew that building power could be so much fun?
|Thank you to Champion Sponsor Old National Bank, Block Captain Sponsor Alderman Matt Martin, and Cool Neighbor Sponsor the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, who also donated museum passes for our giveaway! Thanks also to Revolution Brewing, the Recyclery, and Strange Cargo for giveaway donations.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to our very first ONE Northside Block Party! We had so much fun and felt the love. We loved seeing old friends and meeting new neighbors too! We will see you next year!
Check our calendar to join us for other events in the meantime.