Our Mission

CJC moves people out of poverty through employment using on-the-ground expertise, advocacy, and capacity-building.

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We Will Keep Fighting White Supremacy on All FrontsAugust 15, 2017
White supremacy showed its hideous face in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. But racist violence happens in many forms and in many places. It winds through public policies and trickles into our neighborhoods. It pops up in our budgets, camps out in our courts, and slips into boring sounding laws that fall heaviest on people of color. While we saw it out in the open this weekend, it is more often hidden, polite, and normalized.
We are committed to fighting the racism that squashes human potential and human life in Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. And we are thankful for our many partners doing the work to fight white supremacy and systemic racism through advocacy on employment, immigration, literacy, education, transportation, housing, health, and so many areas. We see you. Your work matters, and we are with you. We commit to continuing this work with you.
Transportation Win: Ventra Streamlines Bulk OrdersAugust 10, 2017
Have you heard? After years of paper forms, snail mail, and long wait times, CTA now offers bulk Ventra orders online! You can register your organization to purchase in bulk on the Ventra website here. We've been asking for this for a long time, and now it's time to say THANK YOU! Click here to tweet a thank you to CTA, or let them know on their Facebook page. Do you buy bulk Ventra products from CTA to provide transportation assistance in your programs? We'd love to hear how it's going and what other recommendations we can make to CTA to improve the system. Contact Eric with thoughts or questions, or to get involved with our transportation advocacy at CJC.
Mid-Summer Mixer: July 24June 26, 2017
Mid-Summer Mixer

Monday, July 24th 5:30-8:30pm

Lagunitas Brewing Company THE Basement 2607 W. 17th Street Chicago, IL 60608   Buy tickets today for Chicago Jobs Council's first ever Mid-Summer Mixer featuring... beer, games, and more! All beer proceeds support CJC's work to move people out of poverty through employment--so drink up. Tickets $20 in advance $25 at the door Buy Tickets Now (21+ only) Lagunitas