Access Living | Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) | Chicago Women Take Action (CWTA) | Fierce Over 40 | Mujeres Latinas en Acción | Chicago National Organization for Women (NOW) | Personal PAC | Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) | A Sister’s Hope | Women’s March on Chicago | YWCA Metropolitan Chicago | The Chicago Women’s AIDS Project | Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America | Pediatric Aids Chicago Prevention Initiative | League of Women Voters
Access Living: Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform. Their staff and volunteers combine knowledge and personal experience to deliver programs and services that equip people with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Access Living is at the forefront of the disability rights movement, removing barriers so people with disabilities can live the future they envision.
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW): Chicago Foundation for Women invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and access to health care and information. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions.
Personal PAC is a nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights for all women by recruiting, electing, and holding accountable pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois. Reproductive rights are fundamental human rights that are protected by the United States Constitution. Reproductive freedom is vital to a woman’s ability to reach her potential and participate equally in society. Decisions regarding reproductive rights are medical, not political, decisions. Personal PAC: is nonpartisan; is effective, focused, collaborative; and holds itself and its partners accountable.
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). PPIA engages in educational and electoral activity, including public education campaigns, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy, on behalf of commonsense policies that protect the reproductive health and rights of women, teens, and families. PPIA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is committed to supporting pro-choice, pro-family planning candidates for office. Our action network helps pass and defeat legislation, elects public officials, and influences the political climate in the state of Illinois.
The mission of A Sister’s Hope is to find any and every avenue for raising vital significant funding for breast cancer research. As part of that, we create and produce events that raise funds and awareness, and that stimulate mental and physical participation from individuals across all sectors of society to grapple with this disease. Since 2007, more than $6.5 million has been placed into research labs to help save lives.
Women’s March on Chicago is now a not-for-profit organization founded to promote intersectional feminism and to challenge the political system on issues affecting women. We are marching on! WMC brings together women and allies in support of reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, affordable childcare, racial justice, access for persons with disabilities, environmental protection, voting rights, and active citizenship. WMC is involved in coalition building, leading and participating in local and national resistance actions and creating educational and civic engagement opportunities that will lead to the advancement of civil rights and social change in Chicago and beyond. Together we are powerful.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the region, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. For more than 140 years, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has been committed to serving the evolving needs of women and families. Today, we help more than 200,000 individuals annually through programs focused around Safety & Wellness, Education & Training, and Economic Sustainability.
The Chicago Women’s AIDS Project is committed to confronting the challenge of HIV, poverty, incarceration and mental health for cisgender and transgender women living in black and brown communities in Chicago. They address health inequity through health navigation, peer support, mental health services and advocacy. Currently they provide support and advocacy for women living with HIV and their Returning Sisters program provides direct services, including PrEP navigation, for women returning from incarceration.
Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI)’s mission is to eliminate deaths from pediatric AIDS and to reduce transmission of the virus from mothers to their children in the state of Illinois. PACPI works with pregnant and post-partum women living with HIV to have healthy pregnancies and healthy, HIV-negative babies. We work towards our mission through a Safety Net of Prevention, a collaboration of resources offered through public and private institutions and community-based organizations that works to ensure all pregnant and post-partum women living with HIV are connected to services through an integrated continuum of care. The continuum of care includes Perinatal Enhanced Case Management, the 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline, and support of rapid HIV testing in hospitals and clinics throughout the state.
Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day. Whether the gun violence happens in urban Chicago, suburban Virginia, or rural Texas, we must act now on new and stronger gun laws and policies to protect our children. The organization quickly flourished into a leading force for gun violence prevention, with chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms that has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level. In December 2013, Moms Demand Action partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to unite a nationwide movement of millions of Americans working together to change the game and end the epidemic of gun violence that affects every community. Our nonpartisan grassroots movement is educating, motivating, and mobilizing supporters to take action that will result in stronger laws and policies to save lives.
The League of Women Voters of Chicago is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remains to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this through voter service activities such as voter registration, information for voters, poll watching, and candidate debates/forums; through education of its members and the public to lobby government on selected issues; and through observation of the functioning of governmental bodies to monitor their accountability and transparency.