We sent this email Monday, June 1, 2020, 6PM.
RYH Program Updates
- Tomorrow’s Special Education Zoom is canceled. We will resume next Tuesday, June 9, at 12PM- please note the new time. The link to register is found here.
- Today would have been the launch of our Grow With Us fundraising campaign. While we will reassess in 2 days, we urge folks to donate to the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Raise Your Hand staff and board members are committing to give over $1,000 today - join us.
- ICYMI… please read our statement posted to Facebook on Saturday morning: Black Lives Matter.
CPS Meal Sites will reopen tomorrow, June 2!
Late this morning we launched a petition, demanding CEO Jackson reopen all CPS Meal Sites. Right now it has 2700+ signatures and 16 endorsing organizations- Access Living, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, Black Women Organizing for Power (BWOP), Blocks Together, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago United for Equity, Illinois Families for Public Schools, Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Legal Counsel for Health Justice, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Northside Action for Justice, Northwest Side Housing Center, Parents 4 Teachers, and Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education. This is pretty incredible.
UPDATE: The petition wound up receiving 5631 signatures by the time we shut it down! Thank you.
Thank you to all who signed & shared! You can find the CPS announcement of the reopening here. Please note that if families want or need food delivery, they should call CPS at 773-553-KIDS. We put all the CPS Meal Site information here: Basics + Meal Sites + Delivery Form link.
Do you need food assistance?
- Call CPS 773-553-KIDS for meal delivery. Please share this number with other families.
- You can also sign up for CPS food delivery using this form (can take up to 4 days for first delivery.)
- Spreadsheet of Where to Access Food in Chicago Today. We believe this was created by CPS teachers & staff.
- City Bureau's Chicago COVID Resource Finder | Text "covid" to 312-436-2280 to access via phone.
- Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) application from the Illinois Department of Human Services: ALL students are eligible for the emergency food benefits (P-EBT) from the close of school in March through the end of the school year regardless of income or national origin. The March/April payments amount to $182.40 per child. The benefit is $5.70 per school day per eligible child (school aged child). Basically, this benefit is open to ALL CPS students and is retroactive to when school closed. Families can participate in both P-EBT and any meal distribution program that is currently available at their school. They do not have to choose one or the other, as these programs operate independent of each other. Flyers in English & Spanish here.
What do you think about police in schools?
There are 2 surveys active NOW & both have a deadline of tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2. For background, see this story in Chalkbeat Chicago: Chicago has new school police rules. The public has until Tuesday to comment. Here are the 2 surveys you should take:
- You can find the School Resource Officers (SRO) Policy Draft on the Chicago Police Department website here, then you can scroll down & submit comments.
- You can also take a survey from the CPS Department of Safety & Security here.
- UPDATED 6.2: We received this last night from a CPS grad. If you want to do more than surveys, check this out: terminate contract w CPD
If you want to dig more into this, check out this blog from CPF Insider (formerly Chicago Public Fools)- so many links to learn more about this issue.
Organizations on the ground
There is so much going on right now. This list is from Chicago Votes: “For on the ground updates and actions, follow the groups listed below!”
- Black Lives Matter Chicago: @BLMChi
- Chicago Votes: @ChicagoVotes
- Chicago Community Bond Fund: @ChiBondFund
- Chicago Freedom School: @ChiFreeSchool
- Good Kids Mad City: @GKMC18
- Lifted Voices: @LiftedVoices
- Chi-Nations Youth Council: chinationsyouth.weebly.com
- Let Us Breathe: @LetUsBreathe773
- Equity and Transformation Chicago:@ChicagoEat
- Lucy Parsons Labs: @lucyparsonslabs
- Parole Illinois: @ParoleIllinois
- Prison Neighborhood Arts Project: @ArtsPrison
- For the People: @ForThePeopleChi
- Brace Space Alliance: @BSAllianceChi
- Youth Empowerment Performance Project: @WeSayYEPP
- STOP Chicago: @StopChicago
- University of Chicago Medics: @UMedicsChi
- Organized Communities Against Deportations: @OCAD_CHI
- A Just Harvest: @AJustHarvest
- Moms United Chi: @MomsUnitedChi
- Love and Protect: @LoveProtectOrg
- Believers Bail Out: @BelieverBailOut
- Grassroots Collaborative: @GrassrootsChi
- Little Village Environmental Organization: @LVEJO
- Assata’s Daughters: @AssataDaughters
- Circles and Ciphers: @Circles_Ciphers
- Chicago Torture Justice Center:@chitorture
- Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation: @SOULInChicago
- Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression: @CAARPRNow
- Liberation Library: @liberationlib
Letter from principals
We'd like to uplift this letter sent to several school communities on behalf of several principals: