Ongoing Illinois Speaks Meetings

In Back of the Yards, Chicago, IL:

The Cooperation for Liberation Study and Working Group meets every other week on Sundays @3pm at
The #LetUsBreathe Collective (1434 W. 51st St.)

Note: This group formed specifically with the intent of improving the economic and material conditions of Black communities throughout Chicago.

Next meeting is October 20th.

For more information, please visit their facebook.

In Golconda & Vienna, IL: 

Every third Tuesday of the month @ 6pm
Alternating monthly between Golconda’s Riverview Mansion Hotel (222 S. Columbus Ave) and Vienna Diner (511 East Vine Street).

No meeting in October.

For more information, please visit their facebook.

Facilitated by Sandra Pfeifer (

In Peoria, IL:

Next meeting: Thursday, October 10th @ 6pm at Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (1137 W. Lake Ave.) at 6pm

October topic: Current issues in substance abuse disorder and harm reduction in Peoria

Facilitated by Roberta Koscielski (; presented in partnership with Peoria Public Library

In South Shore, Chicago, IL:

Saturday, October 19th topic: Economic Development
Starts 1:00pm at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island Ave.)

Presented in partnership with the Neighborhood Network Alliance. For more information, contact Val Free (

For more information, email Elliot at 

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