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Black Lives Matter | Chicago Community Resources

As part of Chicago Fire FC's pledge to denounce and stand in opposition to racism, prejudice and violence in our community, our Club is focused on promoting positive change in Chicago and beyond.

For fans considering donating their time, energy, and resources to help end racial and social inequality, below is a compiled list of organizations and resources both local and national in which to consider lending support.

As a Club, we are raising our collective hand and pledging to be better, to do better and to be held accountable. If there are further ways you believe we can continue to aid this fight, send us your suggestions on social media at @ChicagoFire.

Support Black-Owned Businesses in Chicago

Black Chicago Eats - Connects people with Black-owned Restaurants and Eateries in Chicago.

Black Food and Beverage - Celebrates African Americans who shape food and drink culture.

Black Owned Chicago - A listing of Chicago's Black-owned businesses.

Black Owned Restaurant Relief Fund - GoFundMe set up by Black People Eats to support Black-owned restaurants affected by looting and riots. 

Chicago-Based Organizations

Justice and Community:

A Long Walk Home - Non-profit that uses art to educate, engage, and empower young people to end violence against girls and women. 

Assata’s Daughters - Organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services.

Black Lives Matter Chicago - An intersectional vehicle that values Black people and their right to self-determination.

Black Youth Project 100 - Member-based organization of Black 18-35 year old activists and organizers, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

Brave Space Alliance - Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.

Chicago Community Bond Fund - Pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence.

Chicago Freedom School - Through youth programs and trainings, CFS equips young people and adult allies with the tools develop actionable strategies for social change.

Dovetail Project - Gives young African American fathers -- ages 17 to 24 -- the skills and support needed to be better fathers for their children and better men in their communities.

Healthy Hood Chi - Female-led fitness and dance studio located out of the Pilsen community. Healthy Hood was created to provide quality fitness and dance classes at an affordable price to the underserved.

Metropolitan Family Services - Provides services such as education, empowerment, economic stability and emotional wellness to strengthen families and communities. 

SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Liberty and Unification) - An independent grassroots, multi-issue, power organization that addresses community issues on Chicago’s South Side and South Suburbs.

UCAN - Works to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment.

Health and Wellness:

The Academy Group - Provides academic support, mentoring and work experience to scholars during a 14-year-journey from fourth grade to career.

Sista Afya - Works to sustain the mental wellness of Black women through building community, sharing information, and connecting Black women to quality mental wellness services.

Think Outside Da Block - Seeks to educate, engage, and empathize with youth by providing support through productive activities and communication.

Education and Arts:

Changing Worlds - Exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

Little Black Pearl - Counters the challenges urban youth face by providing a safe environment, access to positive role models, rigorous programming, skills development activities and social growth opportunities.

My Block, My Hood, My City - Provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood.  

The Triibe - A digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago. Original works in journalism and documentary, alongside creative writing and video, that capture the multifaceted essence of our communities.

National Support

Black Visions Collective 
Campaign Zero 
George Floyd Memorial Fund 
NAACP Legal Defense 
Reclaim the Block 
Until Freedom 

Petition 

Change.org - Justice for George Floyd
Change.org- Justice for Breonna Taylor