There are over 58,000 people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. That’s more than the population of many wards. And yet, Chicago lags significantly behind most of our peer n spending on homelessness services. Bring Chicago Home is a campaign that would help end this crisis by bringing in $150 million a year to provide housing and services for our homeless neighbors.
Unfortunately, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack will not agree to cosponsor Bring Chicago Home. 19 alders have already signed on, but he refuses. Ald. Waguespack stands alone among northside progressives in opposing this legislation. This inaction endangers our homeless neighbors, and is out of step with the values of the 32nd Ward.
Join JCUA and ONE Northside and your neighbors in demanding Alderman Waguespack step up to help end the homelessness crisis and Bring Chicago Home by rallying at his office on Tuesday, July 19th at 5pm.
We are going to celebrate and uplift our Springfield victories in JCUA’s Immigration Committee, alongside our partners in the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights! All of our wins have helped us get closer to our vision for the world we seek! We want to take time to celebrate all of our State Level victories and all the hard work you did to bring them to fruition!
Email Becca Lubow, Immigration Organizer, to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
As JCUA considers the possibility of launching a 501(c)4 sibling organization to engage in electoral organizing, we’re turning to members to help us decide the next steps. Members are coming together soon to vote. To be eligible to participate in the process, you are required to either have either attended the initial JCore meeting about the C4 or view a repeat screening. This will be our last screening before the deadline!
Registration link coming soon! Email Anna Rubin, Lead Organizer (email@example.com) for questions and more information.
On July 31st from 11-1, we will be having a Treatment Not Trauma teach-in at Sketchpad and virtually. This will give people the rundown on the campaign, how to get involved, and a crash course on canvassing! We would love for as many Chicagoland teens to join us as possible. Food will be provided.
For the Immigration Committee’s July meeting, join us for a training on white supremacy within the U.S. immigration system, historically and today, and how we can ground our work for immigration justice in anti-racism! This is a hybrid training, with the option to join on Zoom or in person at Sketchpad (4411 N. Ravenswood Ave). Vaccinations and masks are required for everyone attending in person.
JCUA is holding a space for Chicagoland JOC teens to come together to build relationships and be in community. The space will be led by JOC teens involved in Kol Or (JCUA’s JOC Caucus) and from JCUA’s High School organizing fellowship. This will be a chance for JOC’s to connect over shared identities and values. The event will be held on July 31st from 3:00-5:00pm CT in person at Sketchpad (4411 N Ravenswood Ave).
Please join us for Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus monthly meeting. We will be sharing member updates, talking about upcoming events, and continuing with our strategic plan. This will be an in-person meeting at Sketchpad, but there will also be an option to join virtually.
Tisha b’Av is a time of mourning. It’s a time to recognize and grapple with the way that our cities and homes are fragile and broken, and to envision what a more just and liberated city can look like.
The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is hosting a Jewish community gathering in Oz Park just before Tisha b’Av to engage with how the homelessness crisis in Chicago is contributing to that brokenness here, and how we can make our city and our homeless neighbors more whole.
We’ll talk about the homelessness crisis in Chicago and learn about the Bring Chicago Home campaign which seeks to end it. We’ll also read reflections on homelessness and the book of Eicha that some JCUA leaders are putting together into a Zine, and have an opportunity to do some collective, creative visioning of what a city without homelessness
We’ll be meeting late Saturday afternoon to make an early Havdalah but allow time for folks to finish up and eat and get to shul before Erev Tisha b’Av services, if that is your practice.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Join us for a Queer Youth Caucus meeting! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining or hearing more.
The ECPS coalition is working to recruit candidates to run for the District Council seats in each of Chicago’s 22 police districts. Starting Sunday, August 14 in Logan Square, JCUA members will be canvassing and conducting public education about the ordinance and encouraging folks to get involved. It is going to take all of us to ensure this ordinance is effective and transformative. Please add your name to this spreadsheet with the date you can make it!
Join JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team for a picnic to get to know your fellow North Shore JCUA members and the work we plan to do together in the coming year. This will be a vegetarian potluck, so bring a side, salad, dessert, or drink to share with the group! We’ll meet in the picnic area near the baseball fields and the bathroom buildings.
Youth Organizing Caucus meeting to kick off the new school year! Join to catch up, hear what our youth summer interns have been working on, and think about how you want to be involved in the coming months!
Join the JCUA immigration committee to make decisions about our priorities for the next year! We do a lot of our work with our partners in the ICIRR coalition. We have an opportunity to shape the ICIRR 2023 Platform, and we want everyone to participate in the feedback process.
The ECPS coalition is working to recruit candidates to run for the District Council seats in each of Chicago’s 22 police districts. JCUA members will be canvassing and conducting public education about the ordinance and encouraging folks to get involved. It is going to take all of us to ensure this ordinance is effective and transformative. Please add your name to this spreadsheet with the date you can make it!
Join SURJ-Faith for a three part series, led by Jewish activists and safety experts, to prepare and train congregations to make community safety plans for the High Holy Days and beyond. Whether you are interested in making your first safety plan or are already deeply engaged in this work, come meet fellow activists and learn hands-on skills. The final training will be open to people of any faith who want to learn de-escalation skills to support their own congregations as well as support Jewish community safety teams. RSVP and more information here.
The next meeting of JCUA’s Housing and Economic Justice committee. We’ll chat about all the work we’ve done this month, discuss the plans we have to pass Bring Chicago Home this fall, figure out how to plug into those plans, and plan for some of our subcomittee work. This meeting will by hybrid!
Flood the Fifth Ward Phone Lines: Last month, a group of KAM Isaiah Israel members went to the office of Ald. Leslie Hairston to ask her to meet with them to discuss Bring Chicago Home — a campaign that would create $160M of new revenue for the city to spend on homelessness services. Hairston’s staff promised to get back to us, but they have not yet done so. So on Thursday, we’re hoping to get as many people as possible to call her office and urge her to sign on to this important legislation. Sign up below to commit to taking five minutes to making a call into the office.