Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) is a community organization resulting from the merger of Lakeview Action Coalition and Organization of the Northeast. Together, ONE and LAC have a history of nearly 60 years of powerful and effective community organizing. ONE Northside started on July 1, 2013.
ONE Northside organizes people from over 100 institutions, as well as individual community residents, from Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Ravenswood, North Center, Lake View, and Lincoln Park.
Mission: ONE Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.
Vision: We envision 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.
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is an organization that brings people together based on our shared values:
We value diversity. We believe that we all benefit from the racial, ethnic, religious, economic, gender, sexual, and age diversity in our communities. That diversity will be represented in the organization and will make us more powerful and effective.
We value justice. We believe there is no equality without justice. When we speak about justice, we are talking about fair treatment of and access for all people regardless of race, gender identity, economic status, age, and sexual identity.
We value leadership development. We believe leaders are made, not born, and anyone is capable of becoming a leader. We believe that developing grassroots leadership is essential to building power and making positive change in our community.
We value people power. We believe power is simply the ability to act, and through organizing we bring people together and build collective power.
Our Board of Directors
Jessica Ames, Co-President
Rev. Lindsey Joyce, Co-President
United Church of Rogers Park
Lesley Showers, Treasurer
Institute of Cultural Affairs
Michael Aguhar, Secretary
Mothership Baby Bubba
The Night Ministry
Police Accountability Organizer
Environmental Justice Organizer
Affordable Housing Organizer – Homes Guarantee Committee
Communications and Grants Manager
Communities Partnering 4 Peace
Violence Prevention Program, Rogers Park & Uptown
CP4P Program Manager
CP4P Program Supervisor
CP4P Outreach Worker
CP4P Outreach Worker
CP4P Case Manager
CP4P Outreach Worker
Ledarrel Goss El
CP4P Case Manager
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Darrell Dacres – CP4P Program Manager
Darrell is a longtime resident of Rogers Park. He started in violence prevention as a participant, then a volunteer. He was hired as a violence interrupter in 2017, then became an outreach worker, a supervisor in 2019, then program manager in 2021. His vision is to be the voice of the unheard people.
Zerell Davis – CP4P Program Supervisor
Zerell is a Rogers Park resident and a big advocate for social justice and equality. He supervises a team of eight violence preventers for the Uptown and Rogers Park area, working boots-on-the-ground weekly. He became the team’s supervisor in 2022, three years after being hired as an outreach worker. His goal is to continue doing this work for his community and staying productive and being a true pillar to his community.
Khalil Cromwell – CP4P Outreach Worker
Khalil was introduced to the work of outreach through volunteering. He started by educating participants on the importance of credit education. Through his volunteer work, he was brought on as an outreach worker! Outside of work, Khalil enjoys connecting with the community through financial literacy.
Danette Bullard – CP4P Victims’ Advocate
Danette is happy to be able to take her experiences and talk with the community and try to offer them things she wishes she would have had when she lived that type of lifestyle. She loves to give back in a positive way and help in any way she can. In her free time, Danette likes to watch movies, hang with family. and go out to eat.
Rolando Cabrera – CP4P Outreach Worker
Rolando joined the team in 2023. He grew up in Edgewater. He is committed to creative violence prevention solutions for Rogers Park and Uptown. In his free time he spends time with his family.
Jesse (he/him) is a lifelong Chicagoan, raised in Ravenswood. He currently lives in Albany Park with his wife, Mary Claire. With more than a decade of experience in political, community and issue-based organizing, Jesse has worked at the local, statewide and national levels. He has worked on issue-based campaigns, including the fight to win temporary drivers’ licenses for the undocumented Illinoisans and the Healthy Illinois campaign, which successfully expanded Medicaid for undocumented seniors in Illinois. He has also campaigned to elect progressive candidates in Chicago and central Illinois. When he isn’t organizing Jesse enjoys spending time hiking, playing soccer and exploring the city with his dog, Odis.
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Hannah (she/her) began as an organizer at Lakeview Action Coalition in 2008 and has been with the organization ever since. She supports the organizers and issue teams to develop winning campaign strategies that build our organization’s collective power. She is passionate about making sure our government and other Big Institutions serve the interests of the people and the planet, rather than the corporate elite. She lives in Edgewater with her partner, Charles, their son, Aylan, and their dog, Nessie. When Hannah isn’t organizing or spending time with her family, she might be dancing, eating delicious food, reading, or enjoying her hobbies including gardening, knitting, and competitive dog training.
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Ebony (she/her) runs the Women of Color Group and oversees the Parent Mentor program. She has lived in Rogers Park her whole life, attending CPS as a student and teaching there as well as having experience as a youth worker, restorative healing conversations practitioner, She is devoted to the development and leadership capacity of Women of Color in her community. Ebony is also mother to Caleb, who currently attends Howard University and is an organizer in his own right.
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Becky (she/her) joined the staff of the Organization of the Northeast (ONE) in 2010. She is manages human resources and business compliance, maintains financial accounts and ensures that administrative operations run smoothly. Her professional background ranges from work in corporate banking to regional theater. A Chicago-area native, Becky is proud to have raised her three children in this city and to be working to ensure that it is a safe and equitable place for all its residents.
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Marie (she/her) joined the staff of ONE Northside in 2022 eager to help share the stories of people-powered change. She came to Chicago in 2012 for graduate studies at UIC in urban history, and has a passion for Chicago’s history, architecture, and neighborhoods. In her free time, you’ll find Marie at a local museum, reading a novel, or rooting for the Vegas Golden Knights (her home town hockey team).
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Dordie (she/her) is one of our three Affordable Housing Team Organizers. She works with community members on legislation to support affordable housing including A National Homes Guarantee and the Illinois Repeal of the Rent Control Preemption Act. Dordie has a self interest in housing having come from a family that has endured housing discrimination for more than eighty years. Before joining ONE Northside, Dordie lived and worked in Spain for over 25 years.
Tajauna Biloche – Affordable Housing Organizer – SRO Committee
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Tajauna (she/her) is a Housing Organizer with ONE Northside that works with the SRO team. Tajauna works to help preserve single room occupancy with a core team of leaders that assist her in this fight. Before joining ONE Northside in July of 2019, Tajauna had previous experience working at Peoples Action as a fundraiser and also was a co-director of their canvass team in Chicago.
Tajauna enjoys spending time with her children.
Lilly Brown – Police Accountability Organizer
Lilly (she/they) began her career as an organizer with the ACLU of Texas and has thrown down with advocacy organizations across the country ever since. She promotes and implements police accountability best practices on behalf of our organization and the movement’s collective power. She is passionate about global human rights, transformative justice, and youth empowerment! She lives on the Southside and believes it has the best views of the Chicago skyline, day or night! When Lilly isn’t organizing, she likes to sing at her church, relax on the beach, and teach her nieces fine-dining etiquette!
Ruth Campos – Environmental Justice Organizer
Ruth (she/her) is a queer land steward, a fire practitioner, a forager, and our new Environmental Justice Organizer. Ruth is deeply invested in community building, nature-based solutions to climate adaptations, and redistribution of resources. She is excited to start organizing people around green infrastructure to transition our communities to green energy. She loves bird watching in Montrose Beach, spending time with her partner and their cats, going on picnics, doing yoga, hiking, foraging, and learning how to make herbal medicine.