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11Sep 2020

An Equitable Society

An equitable society. That is what we want, what we believe is achievable, and what we are working towards. There have always been striking inequities in our society. The experiences of the last few months have only amplified them. We must address them, and remember the words that John Lewis once spoke: “We will stand up ...
11Sep 2020

Path to Equity: Partnering with People and Communities

Path to Equity: Partnering with People and Communities
Young people, like Erika Garcia, find a safe space where they can learn job-seeking skills and talk with peers about real-life issues. Groups that provide services to survivors of sexual assault learn about effective strategies in the field. Community-based organizations partner to support street outreach work and reduce violence in Chicago. All of these things ...
11Sep 2020

Perspectives: Focus on Equity

Perspectives: Focus on Equity
Jorge Matos, Director of Safe Streets Right now we know that people are not working and they are struggling. But we’ve also been seeing that for years. The requirements of job placement programs often don’t fit the populations we serve all the time. It’s so important to understand the hurdles and struggles people have – and ...
17Aug 2020

Human Trafficking: Impact of COVID-19

Human Trafficking: Impact of COVID-19
Human trafficking is defined as a form of modern-day slavery that involves the exploitation of persons for commercial sex and/or forced labor. During Covid-19, numerous reports have shown that human trafficking is on the rise. The U.S. National Trafficking Hotline indicated that “crisis” trafficking cases increased by more than 40 percent following the shelter-in-place orders ...
10Aug 2020

Get to Know: ALSO Outreach Worker Eric George

Get to Know: ALSO Outreach Worker Eric George
ALSO outreach worker, Eric George, reflects on the difference between when he was growing up in the Humboldt Park community in the 1990s and early 2000s – and today. “When I was growing up, you knew your next-door neighbors and people down the street,” he says. “These days, young people don’t have the guidance and ...