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Justice Day recalls Dr. King’s visit to suburbs 50 years ago

Listen to David Borris, 2015 Justice Project: The March Continues chair, speak about Justice Day on WBEZ's Morning Shift Fair housing isn’t just an urban issue — Chicago suburbs also struggle to provide more open and available housing to make their communities more diverse. 50 years ago tomorrow, north suburban Winnetka residents who wanted to integrate the community, some of them veterans of the...   more >>

50 Years Later, Fair Housing Movement on North Shore Marches On

Brandis Friedman | July 23, 2015 12:19 pm Fifty years ago, a number of white residents on the North Shore, inspired by civil rights movements such as Freedom Summer and marching in Selma, realized they'd been fighting for integration and equal rights in the South, but they didn't have those rights at home. They started a local grassroots movement called the North Shore Summer Project, and...   more >>

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Justice Summit Workshops

After almost 1,000 people participated in Justice Day 2015 for open, welcoming, inclusive and diverse communities, we're ready for the next step... The Justice Summit! Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 11 for when we delve into the Principles of the Welcoming Community. We are inviting groups and organizations, including our Partners, to submit proposals...   more >>

Open Communities' Statement on Church Shooting in Charleston

Open Communities is keeping all the family, friends and community members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC in our thoughts and prayers. The case is being investigated by authorities as an apparent hate crime. We echo the words and sentiment of Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign:   “Today we are once again tragically reminded of the serious...   more >>

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In the Media

Opponents cite taxes, noise, traffic of plan anchored by Life Time

By Irv Leavitt, Pioneer Press Opponents complained last week about tax breaks, noise and traffic connected with a proposed mixed use project anchored by Life Time Fitness at Northbrook's 1000 Skokie Blvd. About two dozen people waited out a long Northbrook Plan Commission meeting on Aug. 4 to express their opposition or hear others do so. There wasn't time for everybody to speak. They'll...   more >>

Highland Park says housing counts overlook progress

By Karen Berkowitz, Pioneer Press Highland Park officials may have cooperated with a state mandate to submit a plan to get affordable housing in the community up to the 10 percent mark, but officials still are disputing the metrics behind the idea that they're lagging. Nearly 68 communities – among them Highland Park – were found by the Illinois Housing Development Authority as having too little...   more >>

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