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”

Illinois General Assembly Passes Gun Violence Policy ~ 6.17.21

Great news: today, June 17, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed policy to fight everyday gun violence and make Illinois safer for our children — and it’s thanks to your hard work. The phone calls, emails, texts, and personal contacts of our coalition of gun violence survivors, advocates, faith leaders, health care professionals and lawContinue reading “Illinois General Assembly Passes Gun Violence Policy ~ 6.17.21”

Sustainability Commission

Below, Tim Milburn, Chairman of the Sustainability Task Force, sends his thanks to those who let the City Council know that they supported making the Task Force a Commission and attended the meeting February 22, 2021.   Friends: For those that were not able to attend last night’s COW meeting, the prospect of a Sustainability CommissionContinue reading “Sustainability Commission”

Activities of the Action Ridge Discussion Group

Compiled on February 21, 2021 Our decision to initiate a Discussion Group came from our workshops with the Anti-racist Educators–Corrie Wallace, Sarah Dennis, Yvonnie Dubose and Jena Doolas. We had been helping The Institute for Non-Violence by giving them Christmas presents and working in their Christmas shop.  We wanted to have more interactions with them;Continue reading “Activities of the Action Ridge Discussion Group”

Maine South working to create a more welcoming and supportive community for all students

Action Ridge is proud to join with the local high schools to create a more “Beloved Community.” On February 11, 2021 Maine South Principal Dr. Ben Collins, colleagues and students shared with us the ways in which they are working to make the school more welcoming for all students. Among their many efforts, SOAR (Students OrganizedContinue reading “Maine South working to create a more welcoming and supportive community for all students”

Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance Passes!

On January 28, 2021, Cook County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend protections to 245,000+ suburban renter households in Cook County! The Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance (RTLO) will:Create safeguards against illegal lockouts and guidance on when a landlord can enter a unit Create procedures for withholding rent until building problems are addressed. Protect against lease termsContinue reading “Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance Passes!”

Omnibus Bill on Criminal Justice

Thanks to all who called in regarding this bill.  Sometimes we can celebrate. YOU did it! The Workers Center for Racial Justice celebrates today’s passage of the landmark Omnibus Bill on Criminal Justice championed by the IL Legislative Black Caucus. This momentous policy package takes crucial steps in advancing justice by enacting targeted reforms to anti-Black systems of lawContinue reading “Omnibus Bill on Criminal Justice”