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MOVING FORWARD, RISING UP: Taking Action in Chicago

The Chicago Inclusion Project's mission to illuminate our shared human story by bringing together communities of people who have been separated for a multitude of reasons, embracing the idea of acceptance and truly seeing each other seems more pressing now than ever before. Creating spaces for each and every one of us to grieve and create and expand is vital. Action is the only option.

But what do we do? And how do we do it?

For starters, we can put our energy, support, money, time, whatever we have available to us into the institutions that will protect the communities at now risk. This city contains a stunning amount of organizations you can volunteer for RIGHT now -- these are just a few:

For the LGBTQI communities

- Broadway Youth Center: For more than 1,500 teens and young adults, the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) of Howard Brown Health is a haven to seek refuge, medical care, social services, clothes and other much-needed care. All of our services are for youth, ages 12 to 24. BYC sees anyone, regardless of ability to pay.

- Chicago Ambassadors of the Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. The Chicago Ambassadors are a network of inspiring volunteers who help to expand our reach, raise awareness of our programs, raise life-saving funds, plan regional events, and advocate for the young people we serve.Ambassadors are an integral part of our mission to prevent suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

- Center on Halsted: Center on Halsted is proud of our legacy of advocacy, support and educational services. The same services that helped form the core of Center on Halsted's programming.

For Immigrant and Refugee, Muslim and Latinx Rights

- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: Dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.

- Grassroots Illinois Action – A community-based organization building a permanent, grassroots independent political organization. GIA works to expand the progressive influence of our members by organizing and empowering eachother to address community needs and promote economic and racial justice.Our community needs leadership who will fight for policies that benefit working families, and who will address the issues that affect our communities.

For the African American community

For Reproductive Rights and Sexual Assault Victims

- American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois - The ACLU’s Reproductive Rights Project seeks, through litigation, public education and legislative advocacy, to make certain that all in our society have access to safe and effective contraception, sexuality education and information, reproductive technologies, prenatal care, childbearing assistance and safe, legal, and accessible abortion. ACLU strives to ensure that women have the right to decide whether and when to bear a child and the resources to effectuate their decisions. They believe that these decisions should be made without government interference and that all people must have equal access to the information and resources necessary to make informed, independent choices about their reproductive lives. Because of our work, Illinois has become a destination for people throughout the country seeking quality reproductive healthcare and information without harmful government restrictions.

For the Arts

- Barrel of Monkeys Productions - Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an ensemble of actor/educators who create an alternative learning environment in which children share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. BOM accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of children’s stories. BOM also engages the broader community in support of the visions of children through public performances of their work. BOM's vision is a radically kind Chicago that champions children’s ideas.

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