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Teachers for Social Justice

Teachers for Social Justice
Teachers for Social Justice
Who we are Teachers for Social Justice is an organization of teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, and other educators working in public, independent, alternative, and charter schools and universities in the Chicago area. We have come together based on our commitment to education for social justice. We are working toward classrooms and schools that are anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the experiences of our students. We believe that all children should have an academically rigorous education that is both caring and critical, an education that helps students pose critical questions about society and “talk back” to the world. We share ideas and curriculum, and support each other in our work. We are also an activist organization, working to get the voices of educators into the public discussion of school policies. Why is there a need? Chicago’s one dimensional model of school “reform,” based on accountability and high-stakes tests, has been created by the upper echelon of administration without the participation of those affected by the new policies parents, students, teachers. Teachers, who know what is happening in schools and are grappling with the hard questions of educating students in urban contexts, have no voice in Chicago school policies. As educators, we also know that the practices of public and private school teachers who are doing exciting things in their classrooms could be the basis of an alternative to CPSÕs test-driven agenda, but there is no space for open discussion in CPS. The current policies lead by default because public discussion and debate is stifled. We are committed to working together with other educators, parents, students, and community members collectively to reshape the discussion of school policy in order to create more just and humane schools.
 
Website: http://www.teachersforjustice.org
Email: teachersforjustice@hotmail.com
 

The National Conference for Community and Justice

The National Conference for Community and Justice
The National Conference for Community and Justice
Our Vision: To make our nation a better place for all of us. Not just some of us. Our Strategic Screen: To transform communities to provide fuller opportunity and to be inclusive and just – through institutional change – by empowering leaders.NCCJ’s programming facilitates community and interfaith dialogues, provides workplace consultations, youth leadership development, seminarian and educator training. Its nationally recognized research provides data and analysis to the evolving study of intergroup relations; and, its public policy works with government leaders and advocates policies that reflect understanding and respect. Our Guiding Beliefs and Principles: We are not a neutral party in this work. Our role is to advocate, educate and resolve conflict – relative to issues of discrimination and oppression of individuals and groups. In order to promote understanding and respect across groups we must acknowledge the dynamics of power and privilege and the role they play in creating attitudes, behavior, and practices that support systems of exclusion and oppression. All members of society at some time may feel the impact of systemic oppression, either overt or covert, intentional or unintentional, conscious or unconscious. In order to fulfill our organizational mission, our program efforts must be connected to creating inclusive, respectful and just communities.
 
Website:  http://www.nccj.org
Address:  760 N. Frontage Road
  Suite 105
  Willowbrook, IL 60527
Phone:  630 789-6709
Email:  nationaloffice@nccj.org
 

World Vision Chicago

WorldVision Chicago
WorldVision Chicago
The core purpose of World Vision in Chicago is to bring together passionate people who share a desire for serving with the poor. World Vision’s programs, global reach, and opportunities to engage are available right here in Chicago. Join us as we help to meet basic needs, unite communities, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love in Chicago and other communities around the world. Our History In Chicago World Vision has had a presence in Chicago since 1995, when The Storehouse opened on the west side of the city. The Storehouse began to provide families in under-resourced communities with high-quality building materials at just a fraction of the retail cost. The Storehouse of World Vision quickly expanded to include free personal items for churches and organizations to distribute to families, and school supplies for children and teachers in the Chicago Public School system. When we outgrew our warehouse and office space, the Chicago Public School system donated a 40,000 sq. foot warehouse in order to continue to grow. Our Work Today Today, our work has expanded to serve and partner with more than 60,000 people each year from almost every Chicago neighborhood and across Chicago’s suburban communities.
 
Website:  http://www.worldvision.org/get_involved.nsf/child/metro_chicago_home
Address:  World Vision in Chicago
  5001 W. Harrison St.
  Chicago, IL 60644
Phone:  773.921.3900
Email:  chicago@worldvision.org
 

Chicago Appleseed fund for justice

Chicago Appleseed fund for justice
Chicago Appleseed fund for justice
The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a nationally connected social impact research and advocacy organization that works to achieve fundamental, systemic reform by addressing policies and practices that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. We focus on social justice and government effectiveness issues ranging from fair criminal justice systems to equal access in financial institutions. The Chicago Appleseed Difference We at Chicago Appleseed are not content to sit on the sidelines of social reform. We gather and study information from a variety of sources to create objective research that takes all viewpoints into consideration. From this research, we make recommendations to fix the flaws in current systems. Change does not happen by simply making recommendations—we believe that we must actively work to create change. To that end, we meet with policymakers and public citizens in a variety of ways to advocate for fair and just change.
 
Website:  http://chicagoappleseed.org/
Address:  750 North Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor
  Chicago, IL 60611
Phone:  312.988.6565
Email:  caffj@chicagoappleseed.org