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Justice Day recalls Dr. King’s visit to suburbs 50 years ago

Listen to David Borris, 2015 Justice Project: The March Continues chair, speak about Justice Day on WBEZ's Morning Shift Fair housing isn’t just an urban issue — Chicago suburbs also struggle to provide more open and available housing to make their communities more diverse. 50 years ago tomorrow, north suburban Winnetka residents who wanted to integrate the community, some of them veterans of the...   more >>

50 Years Later, Fair Housing Movement on North Shore Marches On

Brandis Friedman | July 23, 2015 12:19 pm Fifty years ago, a number of white residents on the North Shore, inspired by civil rights movements such as Freedom Summer and marching in Selma, realized they'd been fighting for integration and equal rights in the South, but they didn't have those rights at home. They started a local grassroots movement called the North Shore Summer Project, and...   more >>

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Justice Summit Workshops

After almost 1,000 people participated in Justice Day 2015 for open, welcoming, inclusive and diverse communities, we're ready for the next step... The Justice Summit! Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 11 for when we delve into the Principles of the Welcoming Community. We are inviting groups and organizations, including our Partners, to submit proposals...   more >>

Open Communities' Statement on Church Shooting in Charleston

Open Communities is keeping all the family, friends and community members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC in our thoughts and prayers. The case is being investigated by authorities as an apparent hate crime. We echo the words and sentiment of Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign:   “Today we are once again tragically reminded of the serious...   more >>

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In the Media

Chicago Activists Draw Line From Fair Housing Rules to Public Transportation

By Rachel Dovey Per the Supreme Court’s June ruling, cities receiving HUD funds must now check long-entrenched practices of structural discrimination, like clustering affordable housing in just one or two zip codes. In the wealthy suburbs north of Chicago, a group of activists sees the federal overhaul as a chance to address one of exclusionary zoning’s equally problematic but less visible counterparts:...   more >>

Northbrook trustees explore attainable housing in proposal

By Irv Leavitt, September 1, 2015 Northbrook trustees, giving a preliminary review of a proposed housing development, spoke more about affordable housing Aug. 25 than any other subject – and were mostly positive. In the village, despite a 10-year-old affordable housing plan, officials have not made a habit of insisting on affordable housing other than a handful of senior units in The Lodge in...   more >>

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