GAPA is an alliance of community-based organizations from across the city that have come together to:
1) Ensure that people across the city, with focus on communities of color, are engaged in advancing new police accountability structures, including a community safety oversight board.
2) Advance long-term solutions to improve policing and address structural racism in the criminal justice system.
This will be accomplished in the immediate term through the establishment of resident-led steering committees that will plan and facilitate community conversations.
Members of the Alliance will reach 38 wards across the city to develop and carry out a community-driven public engagement process, utilizing the Police Accountability Task Force report and recommendations as a framework and point of departure for authentic community conversations.
Through the generous support of its colleague foundations, Woods is honored to administer these grants that will fund GAPA’s preliminary implementation strategies and planning for its longer term work. GAPA evolved from a series of conversations that began between community organizers, members of the Police Accountability Task Force (PATF), and the leadership of each of our foundations after the release of the PATF report.
These organizations remain united in shared beliefs that people who will be most impacted by any new policing structures must play an active role in developing them and that the establishment of trust between communities and the police will create a safer and more just city.
The members of GAPA are: Action Now Institute, Communities United, Community Renewal Society (CRS), Enlace Chicago, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), ONE Northside, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), Target Area Development Corporation, United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) and Worker Center for Racial Justice. BPI is a supporting organization that provides technical assistance and policy support to GAPA.
Target Area achievements include the passing of 2307
TARGET Area convenes several coalitions:
Advocacy and Coalition Work
United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) is a grassroots multiethnic human rights alliance mobilizing people, policy, and ideals to drive societal transformation and forge unity within marginalized communities. We work to increase opportunities for people of color to learn, unite, and mobilize together. (website)
Chicago Equal Voice Network (CEVN) By elevating and strengthening the voices of low income families, the Chicago Equal Voice Network aims to make Chicago a more just and equitable city. (Facebook)
Developing Justice Coalition (DJC) is a cross-community alliance of 24 community groups working to address criminal justice reforms, public safety, and prisoner reentry, all of which have placed a tremendous burden on families in our communities. We have written two legislative proposals that have since become law and raised over $15 million for local safety efforts throughout the state of Illinois.
Right On Justice (ROJ) is is an initiative convened by Communities United, formerly known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC), the Adler University Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ), and Woods Fund Chicago. (website)
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