Entries by GRCAdmin

Village of Robbins Calls on Governor Rauner to Put People Before Wall Street Banks

Robbins Unanimously Passes Resolution against Predatory Bank Deals Draining State and Local Budgets, asks for Attorney General to Take Action Robbins, IL – On the eve of Governor Rauner’s budget address the Village of Robbins Board of Trustees passed a resolution targeting Wall Street banks that have drained hundred of millions of dollars from taxpayers […]

As Violence Soars, Governor Continues to Pursue Personal Political Agenda Over Needs of Residents

Grassroots Collaborative Statement on Governor Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address Chicago, IL – On Wednesday, Governor Rauner delivered his third state of the state address without having successfully passed a budget. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative. “Today, Governor Rauner attempted to borrow from the Trump […]

Job Posting: Operations and Administrative Manager

Grassroots Collaborative is hiring! People of color strongly encouraged to apply.  For consideration, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Amisha Patel, Executive Director, hiring@thegrassrootscollaborative.org.  No calls, please.  Position open until filled. TITLE: Operations and Administrative Manager SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director SUPERVISES: n/a SALARY/HOURLY, EXEMPT OR NONEXEMPT: 25-30 hours a week, Nonexempt (Pay: […]

As Obama exits scene, Chicago legacy debated

But community organizer Amisha Patel said Obama too often tried to walk a fine line on such issues. “I think the president was afraid to be clear on an urban agenda. I don’t think he thought he had room to move on that, and so you get a really hands-off approach, these half-solutions,” Patel said. […]

Grassroots Collaborative Statement on Mayor Emanuel’s FY17 Budget Address

Chicago, IL – On Tuesday, community leaders and residents listened as Mayor Emanuel delivered his FY17 budget address. Although Emanuel agreed to release some of the city’s surplus TIF funds under mounting pressure from parents, teachers, community organizations, groups expressed disappointment that Emanuel again failed to ask Chicago’s most wealthy individuals and corporations to contribute […]

Governor Rauner Leaves Public in Dark on Swap Agreements

Illinois was in the national spotlight this week for taking action to hold Wells Fargo accountable for defrauding millions of customers. Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, and the Chicago City Council took action by withdrawing city and state funds and financial business from Wells Fargo. The move received coverage in […]

Gov. Rauner’s announced agreement on swap payouts to Wall Street banks lack details

  October 4, 2016 Contacts: nathan@grassrootscollaborative.org Gov. Rauner’s announced agreement on swap payouts to Wall Street banks lack details Coalition of educators and human service providers skeptical, demand disclosure of agreement terms SPRINGFIELD, IL – This morning, Gov. Rauner reacted to Illinois educators and human service providers who had gathered for a press conference to […]

Rahm Avoids Criticizing ‘Absentee Fathers’ In Anti-Violence Speech

CITY HALL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel had been expected to talk about the role of parenting in preventing violence in his big speech Thursday, but aldermen and activists cautioned him about the “myth” of the absentee African-American father. In the end, Emanuel seemed to sidestep the issue in his speech on Thursday, and mentioned the word “parenting” […]

Legislators and Community Leaders Meet With SEC

CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, State Representative Andrade, Chicago Alderman Ramirez-Rosa, and community leaders met with Federal Securities and Exchange Commission Regional Director David A.Glockner, and asked that the SEC investigate predatory interest rate swap deals that have caused taxpayers to pay out billions of dollars to Wall Street banks.   “Right now we have […]

Community Leaders Tackle Downward Spiral of Gun Violence in Chicago

A staged funeral procession to Mount Sinai Hospital was one of several discussions that took place Tuesday to address the growing problem of gun violence in Chicago. “I lost a brother, sister, an uncle and two cousins to gun violence right here in this neighborhood,” said Rev. Robin Hood, Illinois Anti-Foreclosure Alliance There is no […]