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On Monday, we hosted In Their Words: Chicago Youth Fighting for Equality, the first of a two-part series on youth activism to create an equitable Chicago. We heard from remarkable youth activists who shared their stories and motivations for organizing to help their communities. I am grateful to them for taking the time to share their stories. The work they're doing now will help us build stronger communities in the future. If you missed part one of the series, watch here
On Monday, August 10, we will host part two: “In Their Words: Chicago Leaders on The Fight for Equality.” Our panel will include Police Superintendent David Brown, Tanya Woods from the Westside Justice Center and Jonathan Jackson from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. They will respond to youth activists' efforts discussed in part one of the series and will speak to their own efforts in the fight for equality. Join me and my co-host, media personality Trey White. Register here.  
Upcoming Events
In Their Words: Chicago Leaders on the Fight for Equality
Join us Monday, August 10, at 7 p.m. for “In Their Words: Chicago Leaders on the Fight for Equality.” Media personality Trey White and I will host our special guests including: 

  • David Brown, Chicago Police Superintendent
  • Tanya Woods, Executive Director, Westside Justice Center
  • Jonathan Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
We hope you’ll join us!  

Community Clean Up
Save the date for our Community Clean Up events on Saturday, August 15, and Saturday, August 29! Stay tuned for more details.  
Financial Resources

Housing Assistance 
To help residents impacted by COVID-19, the City of Chicago recently announced $33 million from the federal stimulus bill to be used for housing grants. 

The first grant will be administered through the Department of Family and Support Services and will provide between 3 and 6 months worth of rental support. Families can make only up to 50% of the area’s median income in order to qualify.  

The Department of Housing will provide grants between $2,000 and $3,000 based on need to households earning up to 60% of the area’s median income.  

Both grants can be applied at by visiting are due August 10.  
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Paycheck Protection Program Extension 
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide loans to small businesses that keep their workers on payroll. The loans can be 100% forgivable under certain circumstances. 
There’s still money available, and every eligible business should take advantage of this funding opportunity. The new deadline to apply is Saturday, August 8. 
To apply, complete this application and take it to your bank, which will submit the application to the SBA. If your bank is unable to help, search for a program lender here or find one on this list. 
Revolving Loan Funds 
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released $8.2 million through the federal CARES Act to provide gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs. In Chicago, these loans will be administered through Accion.  
Expanded Outdoor Dining Program 
As Chicago entered Phase 4 of the reopening plan, the City created the Outdoor Dining Program to help restaurants set up outdoor dining on streets and sidewalks. The program is being updated and expanded to help even more restaurants keep their doors open. Learn more about the expanded program here.  
Social Justice Resources
Many organizations support and help youth looking to get involved in the push for social justice. Below are a few organizations in Chicago.  

  • ACLU of Illinois – Fights for the constitutional rights of residents and protects them from unconstitutional violations.  
  • Chicago Urban League – Advocates for the economic, education and social progress of African-Americans in Chicago.  
  • Heartland Alliance – Provides a wide variety of services to address the root causes of poverty and support people as they build a better lives for themselves.  
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – Advocates for the rights of all people, regardless of their immigration status.  
  • Latino Policy Forum – Supports and grows Latino leadership across the City.  
  • Legal Aid Chicago – Provides a wide variety of free legal services to residents across Chicago.  
  • NAACP – Local South and West Side Chapters of the NAACP advocate for environmental, racial and criminal justice for all.
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition – Protects and defends civil rights and fights for an equal playing field for people of color.  
  • Shriver Center of Poverty Law – Supports policy and actions that address the root causes of poverty and racism.  
  • Westside Justice Center – Provides pro bono legal and social services to communities on the West Side of the City.  
Chicago Public Schools

The school year will start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 8, with all CPS students learning remotely through the end of the first quarter. Learn more at
Travel Restrictions
The Chicago Department of Public Health has added Puerto Rico to the list of states and territories with travel restrictions. Find a complete list and details here
Vote By Mail!
Complete Your Census Today!
Did you know that the Census Bureau has decided to end all counting efforts on September 30th? You can fill out your questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. While Illinois has an overall response rate of 67%, Chicago is lagging at only 55%, which means our city could lose important resources, including funding for:   
  • Schools 
  • Hospitals 
  • Community and mental healthcare services 
  • Public transportation 
  • Infrastructure improvements 
  • Head Start and early childhood education 
  • SNAP and financial assistance for low-income residents 
  • Housing assistance 
If you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online at or through any of these toll-free phone numbers:  
  • English: 844-330-2020 
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020 
  • TDD: 844-467-2020 
  • Mandarin: 844-391-2020 
  • Cantonese: 844-398-2020 
  • Polish: 844-479-2020 
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020  
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