Blocks Together Bi-Annual ReportDecember 28, 2017

Dear allies and members,

Here is a small summary of some the work we have been up to here at Blocks Together! Thanks to all of the members that have moved this work forward and to our allies for all their support. Please consider donating an end of the year donation to Blocks Together to continue our work in 2018. You can donate using the paypal button on the website. Thanks so much!

Blocks Together Bi Annual Report

Poor Peoples CampaignMay 23, 2017

Press Alert

Chicago Westside Tent Revival
Kicks Off Chicago Chapter of the Poor Peoples Campaign


Chicago, IL. May 27, 2017: Individuals, communities and faith-based organizations throughout the City have formed the New Poor Peoples Campaign Chicago in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s last campaign. In December of 1967 King announced the plan to bring together Poor People from across the country for a new March on Washington, demanding economic justice. The Tent Revival will be the Official Launch of Poor People’s Campaign Chicago as part of the National New Poor People’s Campaign.

Lead convening group, Blocks Together’s Co-Executive Director Carolina Gaete shared the purpose behind the event,

“The issues impacting our communities show the need for a collective response to demand a real economic development agenda and changes to how our government treats the poor. Our goal is to start a dialogue around the needs of our communities and create an agenda with those impacted to create a new economic agenda.”

“There are millions of poor people in this country with very little or even nothing to lose. If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with freedom and power that will be a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life,” Dr. Martin Luther King.

The Tent Revival being held, Saturday, May 27th, will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a ceremony followed by workshops and panels concluding with an interfaith service beginning at 5:00 p.m.   The event will be at Blocks Together, 3711 West Chicago, Il. 60651, Chicago, Illinois 60651.

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Democratizing Tax Increment Financing Funds Through Participatory BudgetingDecember 30, 2016

If you missed our TIF Toolkit Launch, no worries, you can download the report here:

Democratizing Tax Increment Financing Funds Through Participatory Budgeting Report

Looking for more information please email us at to find out how you can be more involved in Blocks Togther’s Economic Justice Campaign.

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Meeting for re-purposing for vacant Laura Ward

Residents of West Humboldt Park are welcome to attend a meeting around the re-purposing of the vacant Laura Ward Elementary School.
When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm Where: Nia Family Center 744 N. Monticello Ave. Chicago, IL 60624

BT members began working on the re-purposing of the vacant school early 2014, many issues arose such as immediate safety concerns. Never the less the re-purposing of the school is important. Read a recent articlewith BT Co-Director Cecile Carroll, and Alderman Walter Burnett around the issues facing the community and the re-purposing of Laura Ward.

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