After reading and seeing the severe civil unrest that has erupted nationally, across Illinois, and in Chicago, Forefront stands in solidarity with the individuals and organizers who are on the frontlines, sacrificing their lives, and dismantling these racist systems. We also continue to stand against the systemic injustices that are destroying Black lives, families, and communities.
We also believe that the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others who have been taken must be spoken and their lives affirmed. We can’t imagine the anger and pain that many community members are feeling. Coupled with navigating a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black and Latinx communities, the inequities and injustices have been laid bare for all to see. Forefront stands with you. Working together, we will persevere.
SILENCE IS NOT A STRATEGY THAT SERVES AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE
To learn more, get involved, and become a more effective advocate, please explore the resources below:
- Support your local chapter of Black Lives Matter. Here are the links to those in Chicago and Springfield.
- Learn more about how to support Community Bond Funds across the state – which advance social justice and community health, given COVID-19. Here are links to The Chicago Community Bond Fund and the Champaign County Bailout Coalition.
- For allies and institutions, support Crossroads and their anti-racism work, with chapters across Illinois.
- Learn more about how to help Chicago Youth: My Block, My Hood, My City.
It can’t be said enough – thank you to everyone on the frontlines leading and organizing during these critical times. Forefront sees you and stands with you. Together, we continue to create a more just, equitable, and resilient city, state, and nation.
President & CEO