CDSA has endorsed and is an active member of a number of coalitions working on a variety of issues.
The ‘Lift the Ban’ coalition is advocating for economic well-being and stability for Illinois’ families through repealing the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997, and establishing rent control for Chicago residents.
The “Lift the Ban” coalition is led by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Lugenia Burns Hope Center, Northside Action for Justice, and Pilsen Alliance. Current membership includes: Action Now Institute, American Indian Center, Autonomous Tenants Union, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Coalition for Equitable Community Development, The Community Law Project, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Metropolitan Tenants Organization, Northwest Side Housing Center, ONE Northside, People for Community Recovery, SEIU HCII, Somos Logan Square, 33rdWard IPO, 25th Ward IPO, United Working Families, and Westside Health Authority.
We believe that health care is a human right, and that a nation as strong and wealthy as the United States can and must provide its residents with high quality health care. We envision a health care system that is publicly financed and privately delivered—a system that uses money wisely, covers all medically necessary care, and lets individuals choose their own providers.
In that spirit, the mission of the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition is:
- To promote the good health and welfare of all residents of Illinois and the nation by establishing a single-payer health care financing system: comprehensive, equitable, not-for-profit, publicly financed, and publicly administered
- To support the implementation of such a system
- To promote strong civic/governmental oversight of the operation of the system
The #NoCopAcademy campaign is an effort supported by over 85 community organizations across Chicago, that want to see $95 million invested in our communities rather than police training grounds. From the statement of opposition:
Chicago already spends $1.5 billion on police every year—that’s $4 million every single day. We spend 300% more on the CPD as a city than we do on the Departments of Public Health, family and support services, transportation, and planning and development (which handles affordable housing). This plan is being praised as a development opportunity to help local residents around the proposed site, but when Rahm closed 50 schools in 2013, six were in this neighborhood. The message is clear: Rahm supports schools and resources for cops, not for Black and Brown kids.
We demand a redirecting of this $95 million into Chicago’s most marginalized communities instead. Real community safety comes from fully-funded schools and mental health centers, robust after-school and job- training programs, and social and economic justice. We want investment in our communities, not expanded resources for police.