General Meeting ~ May 13, 2021

Panel on Law Enforcement in Park Ridge and Criminal Justice Reform in Illinois Join our panel as they discuss local police policies regarding teens, improving public safety through social justice, actions for racial equity and the Illinois SAFE-T ACT. Email actionridge2017@gmail.com for a Zoom link to join the meeting. Please submit questions in advance toContinue reading “General Meeting ~ May 13, 2021”

Meeting Minutes ~ 4.8.21

Meeting commenced at 7:00pm. Nan Parson welcomed participants, especially Melvin Lars, who was the meeting’s featured speaker. Nan reminded people to submit comments to the Park Ridge City Planning and Zoning Commission to encourage affordable housing to be included in the Park Ridge Comprehensive Plan. Letters can be sent to John Carlisle jcarlisle@parkridge.us. To attendContinue reading “Meeting Minutes ~ 4.8.21”

Mark Your Calendars

A look ahead at the next few months: Affordable Housing Action Group, Next Meeting — April 1st at 7:00. Nan and Kristin have organized an Affordable Housing Action Group which met for the first time on Thursday, 3/25. The group agreed to take a strong stand in support of increasing lower cost housing. If youContinue reading “Mark Your Calendars”

Quarterly Summary – Q1 2021

In January and February, we heard from 3 experienced community organizers, who come from quite different backgrounds and use different approaches for creating change.  (See posts below for details.) We learned some unique things from each one; but they had in common one strong message, which was that in order to create change, we need to takeContinue reading “Quarterly Summary – Q1 2021”

General meeting ~ March 24th

We are excited to welcome the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago to join us for our next Action Ridge gathering.  You will not want to miss this workshop on Building the Beloved Community through Dr. King’s principles of peacemaking and understanding.  Please mark your calendars to join us next Wednesday, 3/24 from 7:00 to 9:00.  An emailContinue reading “General meeting ~ March 24th”

Candidate Statements

We invited every local candidate running in the April 6th election to respond to two questions: Why they’re running for office and what actions would they take to create inclusion, respect and equity in Park Ridge, in general, and in the specific areas of affordable housing, policing policies and creating a welcoming environment in the schoolsContinue reading “Candidate Statements”

Meeting ~ February 18, 2021

2nd in a Series on“Building the Beloved Community” Speaker: Jerry Kellman Jerry Kellman is an experienced and inspiring community organizer. He has developed grassroot organizations throughout the Midwest and was instrumental in bringing Barack Obama to Chicago in the 80’s where he mentored him as an organizer. Send any questions you have for Mr. KellmanContinue reading “Meeting ~ February 18, 2021”

Justice in Policing Podcast

Topic: Melvin Lars’ Zoom Meeting CA. Rep. Karen Bass author of; George Floyd Justice In Policing Act 2020 H.R. 7120 and members of George Perry Floyd, jr’s. family will address this piece of legislation!Time: Jan 16, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/8270613136?pwd=d08xREZPb0VrSFc2a3F0TFdOcnpSQT09 Meeting ID: 827 061 3136Passcode: 9sgUbD

Upcoming Events

These two actions are from our friend, Melvin Lars, who hosts Civic Dinners and has his own podcast on Friday evenings.  He’s working hard to make our country more equitable.  Please read these requests and act for Justice.1.  Contact:    Dick Durbin at  312.353.4952     Tammy Duckworth at 202-224-2854Tell them to pass the George Floyd PolicingContinue reading “Upcoming Events”