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As a result of the civil unrest that happened earlier this week, we postponed “In Their Words: Chicago Leaders on The Fight for Equality.” I am looking forward to our conversation with Superintendent David Brown, Jonathan Jackson and Tanya Woods at a later date.

On Tuesday, I had a discussion with media personality Trey White about recent events and how we move forward. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this important conversation. If you missed it, you can view the conversation here.  
Finally, I hope that you will be able to join us for our next Community Clean up this Saturday! You can register for the South or West Side at Additional details can be found below.
Upcoming Events
Community Clean Up
Join us for our Community Clean Up this Saturday, August 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. These events provide assistance to friends and neighbors across the city. Join us at either of the two following locations:  
  • On the South Side at Greater Cannan Church, located at 35 W. 119th Street.  
  • On the West Side at Sun Rise Baptist Church, located at 351 S. Kilbourn Avenue. 
Our webinar, “In Their Words: Chicago Leaders on the Fight for Equality,” that was scheduled for August 10, was postponed due to recent events. Please be sure to stay tuned for details about when it will be rescheduled.  
Save the Date!
If you're interested in participating, please contact the following email:
Financial Resources

State Housing Assistance

The state of Illinois created a new program to provide housing assistance to 30,000 residents. To qualify, applicants must: 
  • Demonstrate that their income before March 1, 2020 was at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.  
  • Show that an adult in the household must have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic on or after March 1, 2020.  
  • Have an unpaid rent balance that began on or after March 1, 2020.  
IRS Home Office Deduction

As many small business have transitioned to working from home, they might be eligible to claim some of their expenses, including rent, mortgage payments, insurance, utilities and more. To see if you qualify, visit for more information.  
National Black Business Month
August is National Black Business Month. Over the past few months, COVID-19 and civil unrest have had a disproportionate impact on African-American businesses. One way we can support  is by making an effort to purchase their goods and services. Below are some resources to help find Black-owned businesses across Chicago.   

Hello Alice – This is a list of Black-owned businesses across the country that you can shop at online or the next time you travel.  
Black Owned Chicago – This list includes restaurants, retail stores, professional services and much more.  
Seasoned & Blessed – A guide to Black-owned restaurants across Chicago that has been updated with ordering information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Black People Eats – This guide to Black-owned restaurants started in Chicago and it has expanded to other major cities across the country.  
UberEats  – The company is highlighting Black-owned restaurants and waiving delivery fees to these businesses through the end of 2020.  
Groupon – The company highlighting Black-owned businesses and discounts they are offering.  
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 removed Iowa, Kansas and Utah from the list of states and territories with travel restrictions. Find a complete list and the latest details here
Complete Your Census Today!
The Census happens once every 10 years and many decisions are made based on its results, including funding disbursements and redistricting. Deadlines for the census were pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to door-to-door canvassing. This canvassing is critical to ensure that minority and low-income populations get counted. In recent weeks, the Trump Administration announced they will be cutting the canvassing efforts short.  
It is more important now than ever to complete you census online, by phone or by mail .  
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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