This list was provided by Black Lives Matter Chicago Chapter
Affinity Community Services is a Black-led, queer led organization on Chicago’s Southside dedicated to social justice in Black LGBTQ+ communities.
AFSC's Chicago office supports programs working for peace and social justice.
The Arab American Action Network (AAAN) strives to strengthen the Arab community in the Chicago area by building its capacity to be an active agent for positive social change.
Assata’s Daughters (“AD”) is a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. AD organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services.
Autonomous Tenants Union is an all-volunteer organization committed to organizing for housing justice from below and to the left.
Believers Bail Out (BBO) is a community-led effort to bail out Muslims in pretrial incarceration and ICE custody. BBO was formed in 2018 by Muslim scholars and community members in conjunction with Sapelo Square and Chicago Community Bond Fund.
Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.
Black Lives Matter Chicago is an intersectional vehicle that values Black people and our right to self-determination. We fight for justice with families most impacted, while working to create just and equitable systems.
The Black Youth Project is a platform that highlights the voices and ideas of Black millennials. Through knowledge, voice, and action, we work to empower and uplift the lived experiences of young Black Americans today.
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving a working class neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest side. BPNC's mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrant rights, promote gender equality, and end all forms of violence.
Since 1973, when it was born from the movement to free Angela Davis and all political prisoners, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has defended the rights of oppressed people in Illinois and around the world. We defend the civil liberties of workers, activists, and prisoners.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people nationwide, focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people. We are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.
The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond or people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence.
CFS creates new generations of critical thinkers who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. Inspired by the Mississippi Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights Era, CFS takes an innovative approach to youth activism, leadership development, and movement building.
The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all forms of police violence.
Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area. A non-profit, 501(c)3 public foundation, Crossroads Fund pools the resources of individuals, foundations and businesses, building a broad base of support for grassroots organizations for social change.
We are the Black and Brown young people united in fighting to end violence in our cities. We call for more resources to underserved communities.
For The People Artists Collective is a radical squad of Black artists and artists of color who are committed to creating work that uplifts struggle, resistance, liberation, and survival within and for marginalized communities and movements in Chicago.
The mission of Gray Matter Experience is to unlock the self-determining power of Black youth and to strengthen their ties to community through real-world experience in entrepreneurship.
Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Black, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQIA, anti-woman and anti-Person of Color bigotry and state violence.
KOCO’s organizing agenda is directly informed by its constituency, the low-income and working families within the North Kenwood, Oakland, and its adjacent communities. KOCO’s organizing approach engages residents in identifying the issues that they want to see addressed, and facilitating the planning, strategizing and training opportunities to aid residents in addressing issues. KOCO is a membership-driven organization.
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The #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. The Collective operates the Breathing Roomspace, a Black-led liberation headquarters for arts, organizing, and healing on Chicago's South Side.
Liberation Library is a volunteer run & led abolitionist org that sends books to young people in IL prisons & jails.
Lifted Voices offers workshops on how to engage in protest effectively. As an abolitionist collective, Lifted Voices also participates in defense committee work by organizing support for people who have been incarcerated for acts of self-defense.
Love & Protect supports those who identify as women and gender non-conforming persons of color who are criminalized or harmed by state and interpersonal violence.
Moms United organizes mutual support and participatory defense in solidarity with mothers who have suffered criminalization and separation from their kids.
My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood. They take students on explorations focused on STEM, Arts & Culture, Citizenry & Volunteerism, Health, Community Development, Culinary Arts, and Entrepreneurism.
OCAD is a group of undocumented organizers building a resistance movement against deportations and the criminalization of immigrants and people of color in Chicago and surrounding areas.
The People’s Response Team is a multi-racial, intergenerational group committed to supporting efforts to end police violence in Chicago. They document and counter mainstream media and law enforcement narratives of police violence and connect families and loved ones of victims of law enforcement violence with supportive resources and organizations.
The TRiiBE is a digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago. Its original works in journalism and documentary, alongside creative writing and video, capture the multifaceted essence of its communities.
True Star Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of youth by exposing them to real-world experiences in the workforce through the development of their own media and being an intricate part of the strategic direction and overall business operations of the True Star organization.
Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side. It works for quality public education, affordable housing, government accountability and healthy communities.
Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project is a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars to men at Stateville Maximum Security Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures.
R.A.G.E. is a resident-driven, grassroots association dedicated to building relationships among fellow residents, Englewood’s public officials, business owners, and organizations to address community problems, create tangible solutions (holistic and block by block), and actively seeks ways to keep fellow residents informed about the latest news in Englewood.
SoapBox Productions and Organizing is a film and social activism non-profit that partners with grassroots organizations and community collaborators to develop, document, and promote racial, economic, and social justice initiatives.
SOUL assists low-income people of color in the Chicago Southland by partnering with and training congregations, people of faith, and local community groups in disciplined organizing strategies to build leadership, create public policy and foster legislation, engage in direction action, and hold their public officials accountable to the interest of their communities.
STOP is a community organization that builds the power of residents in Woodlawn and surrounding neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago. They are tenants organizing for a Community Benefits Agreement around the Obama Center; mental-health patients and providers working to re-open mental health clinics; and students and youth demanding police-free schools.
The People’s Lobby is a membership-driven organization of people across the Chicago region that work together to build widespread support for public policies and candidates that put racial and gender justice and the needs of people and the planet before the interests of big corporations and the very rich.
Ujimaa Medics offers training in Urban Emergency First Response to people who live in, or love people who live in, communities where shootings often occur.
Working closely with more than 33 community partners, the Urban Growers Collective’s goal is to build economic opportunity for youth and mitigate food insecurity and limited access to high quality, affordable and nutritionally dense food.
The Westside Justice Center is a community-centered organization that promotes a holistic approach to justice by: 1) Facilitating legal literacy to reduce recidivism; 2) Providing legal and quasi- legal assistance to individuals; and 3) Establishing and nurturing community trust through participatory deliberations and restorative justice practices, to collaboratively mitigate the consequences of incarceration on criminalized communities.