JOB POSTING: Statewide Director

The Statewide Director will support Grassroots Collaborative’s Peoria organizing work by supervising organizing staff, helping to develop campaign strategy, and creating pathways to integrate the local work in Central Illinois to campaigns across the state. They will anchor GC’s statewide campaign work, identifying opportunities for the organization to forward progressive policy work in Springfield, and cultivating potential expansion in a new Read more

Job Posting: Digital Organizer

Position Summary:The Digital Organizer will lead the development and implementation of GC's digital strategies, online visibility, visual and written content production, online-to-offline engagement paths, and capacity-building for digital organizing; and will help coordinate the integration of these with other parts of GC's work. They will also have responsibilities for Grassroots Illinois Action, our affiliated 501c4 Read more

Grassroots Collaborative Seeks Executive Director

About the Organization Grassroots Collaborative (501c3) is a woman of color led, BIPOC-centered coalition that builds power with working families through strategic community-labor organizing, grassroots leadership development, civic engagement and research in Chicago and Peoria, IL. We aim to create bold change through united fronts to win progressive policies and transformative systems-change centered on low to moderate income residents and Read more

Amisha Transitions to New Fight

After 15 Years of Strong Leadership Amisha is Transitioning Out as Executive Director From Amisha:   I have difficult news to share. As some of you know, five years ago I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and went through intensive treatment. Unfortunately, the cancer I thought I conquered five years ago has returned -  I received a metastatic cancer diagnosis a few weeks ago. Like many of you who have been through a Read more

Take Action Now to Defend the Pretrial Fairness Act from Rollbacks!

Digital Call to Action from SOUL, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation in coalition with the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice Last year, communities across Illinois got our state legislators to pass the Pretrial Fairness Act, which will end money bond and transform the pretrial system in 2023. Parts of it have already expanded rights for people on electronic monitoring as of January 2022. But right now, legislators are Read more

2022 Virtual People’s Gala

GET TICKETS OR RSVP SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Grassroots Collaborative is excited to announce its 2022 Virtual People's Gala event to be held on Thursday, May 12 at 5pm. This year we are thrilled to be honoring our Fearless Leader, Amisha Patel, in her final year as Executive Director, and three Bold Campaigns that showed the power of grassroots organizing to win big for our people. BOLD CAMPAIGN AWARD Recognizing the bold Read more

2022 Virtual People’s Gala Sponsorships

BECOME A SPONSOR We hope you will join us this year in recognizing the outstanding leadership of our 2022 Bold Campaign Honorees by purchasing virtual sponsorships in their honor. Your sponsorship today will raise critical funds to advance GC’s work this year to train and mobilize leaders to build our movement for racial, climate, and economic justice in Illinois.   Become A 2022 Virtual People's Gala Sponsor! Movement Read more

Getting the Safety We Deserve: COVID CPS FAQ

With Chicago Public Schools reopening, people all across the city were left confused and unsettled. We know there’s a lot of information to sift through as we continue to all grapple with how to keep our schools and communities safe from COVID.   We put together this FAQ to help parents understand why CPS was not prepared for the recent COVID surge, what agreement the teachers reached with CPS and what you can do to keep our schools Read more

Grassroots Collaborative Statement on 2022 Chicago City Budget Vote

A Step Forward, More Work to Do Over the course of multiple administrations, neighborhood groups, labor unions, and community leaders have come together to fight for the resources that working families need to heal and thrive. Daley, Emanuel, and Lightfoot, in turn, repeatedly expended political capital to try and squash these grassroots efforts.  This budget cycle was unique because of the huge sums of federal relief money Read more

Beware the City Budget!

Join us for a "City Hall Haunting" protest at 121 N LaSalle St., this Wednesday, October 27th at 8:30-10:30 AM, to demand City Council pass a budget that invests in communities. Using the money from the federal relief package, Chicago can make huge strides toward creating safe and healthy neighborhoods for everyone. The budget proposed by Mayor Lightfoot makes some of the investments that community advocates have been calling for - but Read more

Our Chance to Begin Healing Chicago’s Neighborhoods

We need your help to fix the Chicago budget so that our neighborhoods can begin to heal from decades of disinvestment and trauma.  Using the money from the federal relief package, Chicago can make huge strides toward creating safe and healthy neighborhoods for everyone. The budget proposed by Mayor Lightfoot makes some of the investments that community advocates have been calling for - but it leaves out far too many residents and puts Read more

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Lightfoot’s Proposed Budget

At the end of September, Mayor Lightfoot unveiled her proposal for next year’s city budget. The budget has a huge impact on the lives of everyone who lives and works in Chicago. From determining who has access to clean, lead-free water, what communities will have access to mental health care, and if we will invest in our young people through after-school programs or criminalize them through policing and surveillance. The city budget is a vote to Read more

Raise Up IL Statement on Passage of Illinois State Budget

Groups Pushing for Racial Equity and Growth of Illinois Economy Laud Inclusion of Corporate Loophole Closures in State Budget Chicago, IL – On Monday, May 31st, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly voted to approve the 2022 state budget including closing $655 million in corporate tax loopholes used by Illinois’s wealthiest corporations to avoid paying their fair share. This budget provides for significant new investments in Read more

What we saw in the streets of Chicago last night

Last night, we drove downtown to provide rides to young people who were trapped, due to Mayor Lightfoot’s sudden declaration of a curfew, and lock down of the loop. As we drove down Roosevelt to get to the South Loop to get to the safe space where youth had gathered for safety and safe transport, I passed hundreds of other young people, Black and Brown walking and sometimes running to get away from downtown. I saw young Black and Brown people Read more

Statement: Building Real Equity in the TIF Program Requires Community Engagement, Not Clouted Corporate Firms

CHICAGO – Grassroots Collaborative is a labor community coalition that has been working to reform the TIF program for over a decade. Yesterday, Grassroots Collaborative, along with our co-plaintiff Illinois Raise Your Hand for Public Education, appealed the trial court decision in our lawsuit against the City of Chicago over the creation of the TIF district for Lincoln Yards, and the history of discriminatory uses of TIF favoring affluent Read more

Green New Deal NOW

Organizations across Illinois have come together as a state-wide coalition to win a Green New Deal at the federal and local level to enact a just transition from fossil fuels and extractive industries to mitigate climate disaster, while transforming our economy and society to provide economic security and social, racial and environmental justice for all.

Budget Address Statement: Chicago is Not Broke, the City’s Priorities Are

Grassroots Collaborative Response to Mayor Lightfoot’s Budget Address Chicago, IL – The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative on Mayor Lightfoot’s budget address. “We hoped that Mayor Lightfoot would choose to work with parents, teachers, and community leaders to end the Tale of Two Cities that has plagued Chicago for generations but that is not the choice we see her making in this Read more

Statement: Grassroots Collaborative Lauds House Passage of Fair Tax

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, the Illinois House passed the Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment. The following is a statement by Grassroots Collaborative Executive Director Amisha Patel. “The passage of the Fair Tax Amendment in the House is great news for Illinois working families that have for far to long been burdened by the state’s outdated regressive tax system. It is fundamentally unfair for teachers and service workers to pay the same tax rate as Read more

Reimagine Chicago

Every Chicagoan--no matter our race, income or neighborhood we live in--deserves a safe community and resources to thrive. But for too long, corporate interests and City Hall have pitted us against each other while allocating 40% of its budget to the Chicago Police Department. Claiming there is no money in the budget for vital services like mental health and housing, while handing out billions of dollars to CPD and tax subsidies to Read more

Illinois People’s Agenda

Counter to the narrative coming out of the Governor’s office, the People’s Agenda points out that the state of Illinois is not spending too much, but rather is spending too little. Illinois has the 5th largest economy in the country and is the 13th wealthiest state, yet ranks 47th in spending on K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, public safety, and human services. In order to bring Illinois in line with other Midwest states, the Read more

Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect

Grassroots Collaborative’s report, Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind looks at the racial inequality created by city priorities through exploration of US Census data. The report lays out a sharp racial disparity in downtown job gains and losses.  From 2002 to 2011, Black majority city zip codes suffered a median loss of 620 downtown jobs per zip code and Latino majority city Read more

Turned Around

A report by the ReFund America project on how the swaps that were supposed to save Illinois millions turned toxic. Illinois is in the throes of a major budget crisis. Even though residents have had to bear draconian cuts as critical services have been defunded, Wall Street has gotten a free pass in the state’s budget stalemate. More than halfway through the current fiscal year (as of January 2016), the Illinois General Assembly has Read more