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.)

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

Next meeting is on April 21st. Current text for discussion: “The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century” by Grace Lee Boggs

For more information, please visit their facebook.

In Elgin, IL:

Every second Thursday of the month @ 10am at
Gail Borden Public Library – Rakow Branch (2751 W Bowes Rd, Elgin, IL 60123)

April 11th topic: Grassroots: “Shutdown and Shut Down: Government Action or Inaction?”
Facilitated by Tish Calhamer (; presented in partnership with Gail Borden Public Library

In Golconda & Vienna, IL: 

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

April 11th topic in Vienna: “Social Justice – what is it, why do we need it, who is it for?”

Facilitated by Sandra Pfeifer (

In Peoria, IL:

Peoria Public Library North Branch (3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615) at 6pm

April 11th topic: “Legalization of Marijuana”

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

In South Shore, Chicago, IL:

April topic and time TBD

Presented in partnership with The Black United Fund of Illinois and the Neighborhood Network Alliance. For more information, contact Val Free (

In Uptown, Chicago, IL:

At Emerald City Uptown (1224 W. Wilson Ave.)

Friday, April 12th at 5pm; topic: “Listening Session: Who’s the Real Problem?” about Uptown residents’ interactions with law enforcement

Facilitated by Elsie Hernandez (; presented in partnership with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago

For more information, email Elliot at 

Illinois Speaks Awards & Upcoming Events

Illinois Speaks micro-grants are given to host public discussions about contemporary issues. These grants allow more people to act as trained facilitators or moderators of public discussion across the state of Illinois.

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