View as Webpage...................Mothers and Sons March on Mother's Day! ..................May 8, 2021

To all mothers and to you who've stepped in for those that no longer have their mothers with them,
COAL wishes you a most
Happy Mother's Day.

COAL Board of Directors  

"The time to work seriously and collectively, to improve the state of our Community, is upon us..."
Let's Continue the Work
Please share this information about the upcoming Mother&Son March on Mother’s Day. We are a group of moms rallying for change in Chicago Area communities, be it by the hands of gangs, police, or careless gun use:
The planning committee for the Mother & Son March invites you to come out and cover this important Mother’s Day event.
The Mother and Son March (MSM) was formed on April 11, 2020, by ten dynamic mothers. Our inaugural event will occur in Chicago, and we’re hoping for subsequent events nationally.
Our group was born in response to the national trauma and deaths of so many Black and Brown males. Whether from the hands of police, gang activity, or careless gun violence – we are ready for it to stop.

WHERE: the north veranda of the DuSable Museum Chicago – along Payne Drive at 740 E. 56th Place
To read more about the event at
Jil Ross
773 562-8223
COAL Education and Training Committee
Sign up now for the May 10th "So You Want to be a CPS Vendor?"
COAL proudly supports
Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected to community. No one should feel alone or without the information, support and help they need.
COAL Health and Wellness Committee
These Locations Offer Walk-In COVID Vaccinations in Chicago and Suburbs
Residents (16 years old and older) interested in receiving the vaccine who don't already have an appointment can show up with a photo ID and register onsite.
2021 Just Economy Conference
Preconference: Advocacy Week, April 26-30
Postconference: Just Economy Sessions, May 5-14
Building A Foundation For A #JustEconomy
Come to the national online event for community, policy, government, business and foundation leaders who work for fairness in lending, housing and business, and to make all Americans equal parts of the formula for national success. Details. - REGISTER -

provided by John Jones (sustainableenglewood)
City seeks bids for neighborhood-oriented casino, entertainment complex
The Request for Proposals (RFP) issued last week is intended to create a high-quality casino complex that enhances the mixed-use vitality of its neighborhood surroundings. With a goal for a 2025 opening, Chicago would be the largest city in the country to incorporate legalized gambling into its neighborhood fabric and slot machines at its airports. RFP responses are due Aug. 23, 2021.
Former Pioneer Bank, sites served by Metra, among the newest round of INVEST South/West RFPs
Issued by DPD last week, the three new RFPs for opportunity sites in Humboldt Park and South Shore were coordinated through community visioning sessions led by department staff. The locations include historic structures and vacant land being targeted for a mix of uses, with multiple private property owners participating in the RFP process.
INVEST South/West: 15 development teams pitch proposals in Bronzeville, Back of the Yards, North Lawndale and South Chicago
The mixed-use development concepts for South and West side commercial corridors were recently made available for review on the City's website. Register for upcoming community review sessions below:
South Chicago, 6 p.m., Thursday, May 6 | Register
Back of the Yards, 6 p.m., Thursday, May 13 | Register
Bronzeville6 p.m., Tuesday, May 18 | Register
North Lawndale, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 and 6 p.m., Thursday, May 20 | Register
provided by Sylvia Jones
Reminder: Deadline to apply to the 2021 Grant Cycle is May 11th
African American Legacy is now accepting applications for the 2021 grant cycle to Black community organizations working in alignment with the following focus areas:
  • Education. We seek to support organizations that provide academic enrichment assistance to Black students, grades K-12.
  • Mental Health. We seek to support organizations that prepare providers or community members to deliver or advocate for trauma-informed care that actively responds to the disproportionate burden of stress on Black people and Black communities due to employment instability, financial strain, family stress, trauma, and gun violence.
  • Activism. We seek to support organizations that actively dismantle anti-Black racism and advance the Movement for Blacks Lives in Chicago.
  • Arts. We seek to support arts and cultural organizations that share and celebrate the lived experiences of Black people, past and present.
  • Job Creation. We seek to support organizations that create jobs through social enterprises, worker cooperatives, or micro entrepreneurship for youth, ages 16 to 24.
The recorded webinar and PowerPoint slides are available on  African American Legacy's webpage on the updates tab.

Honorable Mattie Hunter, State Senator - 3rd District

A Progress Report and Conversation on Black Caucus' Four Strategic Pillars: Legislation/Actions that will put Illinois on a course for
racial and economic equity.

Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:00am - Join/Reception, 9:30am - Program
via Zoom
About COAL
COAL is an umbrella organization founded by 13 of Chicago's historic African American mens clubs. COAL's overarching mission is to identify, examine, illuminate and find resolution to issues impacting the greater community. We strive to use our collective experience, expertise and resources to improve the quality of opportunity, quality of preparedness and the quality of outcomes (expressed as 'quality of life') for our Community. 
Founding Member Organizations
100 Black Men Of Chicago ■ Chicago Assembly ■ Chicago Connection ■ Druids Club ■ Frogs Club ■ Lunch Bunch ■ New Committee ■ Original 40 Club Of Chicago ■ Rat Pack ■ Royal Coterie Of Snakes ■ Saints ■ Sigma Pi Phi Beta-Boule ■ UIC Male Forum (now Chicago Good Health Group)
 What We Believe
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.