Action Ridge Assists Cook County Efforts to Unite Against Antisemitism at Rally April 24, 2022

On April 24th, 2022, over 200 people gathered in the Attea Middle School Cafeteria in Glenview to show their support for neighbors and community members that had received antisemitic literature at their homes. Speakers included Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois State Sen. Laura Fine of Glenview, Illinois State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, U.S. Rep.Continue reading “Action Ridge Assists Cook County Efforts to Unite Against Antisemitism at Rally April 24, 2022”

HB2775 passes with 62 yes votes!  

On Thursday, April 7th, HB2775 passed the House Housing Committee with 62 yes votes!  Our efforts do pay off! Below is a statement from the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing, released that day. (As a reminder, Park Ridge was one of the first suburbs in Cook County to list, in their Fair Housing Ordinance, Source ofContinue reading “HB2775 passes with 62 yes votes!  “

FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION, WTTW Initiative on Segregation in Chicago, with our own Nan Parson

Join the kickoff event for FIRSTHAND: Segregation, a year-long WTTW initiative that explores segregation in Chicago with a documentary series, expert talks, text and visual journalism, and community discussions. Link to RSVP below. According to a recent study by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago is one of the most segregated big cities in America. And it comesContinue reading “FIRSTHAND: SEGREGATION, WTTW Initiative on Segregation in Chicago, with our own Nan Parson”

Action Ridge Members Contribute to Glenstar Affordable Housing Win

Action Ridge members joined with a coalition of other affordable housing organizations and advocates to bring much needed affordable housing to Chicago’s Far NWS, and at the doorstep of Park Ridge, by supporting the Glenstar development at 8535 W. Higgins.  This building will include 59 units of affordable housing. And given the transit-oriented development’s proximityContinue reading “Action Ridge Members Contribute to Glenstar Affordable Housing Win”

Action Ridge Presents on Affordable Housing to Palatine LWV

Action Ridge members Nan Parson and Kristin Berg joined the Palatine area League of Women Voters via Zoom on October 13, 2021 to share the grass roots efforts Action Ridge has engaged in to address obstacles to securing affordable housing, including data gathering, meeting with local officials, and influencing community members in Park Ridge. AContinue reading “Action Ridge Presents on Affordable Housing to Palatine LWV”

Voter Registration at Maine West High School

An intrepid band of volunteers (most were Deputy Registrars) from Action Ridge and the Park Ridge League of Women Voters spent four hours registering students at Maine West High School on Tuesday 9/28 (National Voter Registration Day).  Karen Yee Reid from the PRLWV organized and lead the effort.  We registered 89 students today!!!!

Purple ERA Van Brings Message of Equality to Park Ridge

Community members and representatives of Action Ridge, the League of Women’s Voters and AAUB for Equity signed the “Notorious RVG” and heard rousing speeches from former Illinois House Rep Lou Lang and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

Progress on Prevention of Gun Violence

A note from our tireless advocates for the Prevention of Gun Violence: Good news, Action Ridge! Encouraging news on gun violence prevention is coming out of D.C. Yesterday, the House released FY22 CJS Bill. This Bill includes $299 million for community-based violence intervention! Congratulations to all — we helped get this going! — Joan and Noreen

Action Ridge Impact on Equity in Law Enforcement

Action Ridge is having an impact on equity in law enforcement in Park Ridge, as evidenced by the three cultural competency training workshops provided by the Park Ridge Police Department in June. The Park Ridge Police Department (PRPD) works with volunteer citizens groups on various initiatives, including carrying out patrols when the department deems itContinue reading “Action Ridge Impact on Equity in Law Enforcement”