Advancing Healing and Justice through Organizing
OUR RECENT IMPACTS
A CALL FOR CITY-WIDE INVESTMENT IN YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
For decades, young people across the nation have struggled with mental health battles with little to no support or understanding from adults. In response, Communities United Youth Leader wrote an empowering piece in conversation with Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Dr. John Walkup calling on adult allies to support youths by investing in mental health services and community resources.
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
Electa Bey, Leader and housing Outreach Coordinator, spoke to the reality of the affordable housing crisis in Chicago as explained through her own experiences of homelessness. Through organizing with Communities United and Bring Chicago Home, Electa explains how homelessness could look like "couch surfing" or doubling up in homes. With a charged-up housing rights movement led by Bring Chicago Home, CU leaders are fighting for housing for all.
Joel Campbell, program coordinator of Bikes N’ Roses, says his Belmont Cragin-based shop has sent out about 20 bikes and is storing another 30 in various stages of repair. About 20 volunteers have rotated through BN’R, helping to fix up bikes that have been matched with recipients. Similar efforts are taking place at Working Bikes in Pilsen and West Town Bikes in Humboldt Park.
Knight began to participate in Communities United, a racial justice organization, last year and said they have created a welcoming environment. She became emotional as she described how they helped boost her self esteem during a rough patch. “Make the youth feel like we’re here, we’re present in the room, like our dreams, our aspirations, our presence matters.