CHICAGO, IL — On Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020, from 1 to 3 p.m., 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice will hold a rally and block party centered on strengthening community bonds, sharing available resources and working towards a police-free future. Residents will gather in front of the office of Alderman Harry Osterman at 5553 N Broadway.
Food will be provided with vegan and vegetarian options available. There will be entertainment for all ages, from children’s activities to live music, and speakers from other grassroots Chicago organizations to share information and resources with the community. Performers include ShowYouSuck, and comic Whitney Chitwood will MC. Sanitation stations will be available. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be encouraged for the safety and health of our communities.
48th Ward Neighbors for Justice is also partnering with Edgewater Mutual Aid for a donation drive, with all supplies going directly to neighbors across the ward. Residents are asked to bring rice, dry beans, fresh veggies, dairy products, ingredients to cook with, hygiene products (shampoo, soap), paper towels, toilet paper, menstrual products, masks, hand sanitizers, winter clothing and coats, and pet food/supplies.
The theme of the rally, “We Keep Us Safe” is centered around organizing services, community accountability and reimagining public safety in our neighborhood. “Community safety starts with knowing your community. We hope this rally encourages neighbors to see the diversity of our neighborhood and work to actualize the potential of a better, more equitable city,” says Andrew Carr, steering committee member of 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice.
The rally comes at the heels of the press conference on August 24th outside of Ald. Osterman’s office where 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice was officially launched as an independent political organization.
The event is co-sponsored with Northside Action for Justice, Indivisible Illinois 9th District, and 50th Ward United Working Families.
Mission statement: The 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice, an Independent Political Organization (‘IPO’), is dedicated to supporting leftist causes and representing the political interests of the multiracial working class in Edgewater, Andersonville, Uptown, and neighborhoods across the city. Through direct action, issues-based campaigns, and electoral organizing, we believe in taking back power from entrenched political and corporate interests by building an alternative source of power within the ward.
Northside Action for Justice
Indivisible Illinois 9th District
50th Ward United Working Families