On Friday, June 5, we celebrated 39 since the Chicago Jobs Council was founded.

Surrounded by crisis and violence hitting people of color, particularly Black people the hardest, we decided to donate ticket sales to these Black-led Chicago organizations providing mutual aid, supporting protesters, and pushing for police accountability and reform: My Block, My Hood, My CityBrave Space Alliance; and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. We’re also rounding up to contribute to another mutual aid fund: Chicago Cross Neighborhood Solidarity. Thanks for helping us send $4,000 to these causes with your ticket purchases. Other groups to consider as you donate and work to support Black life, health, and power are:

You can also check out our meeting playlist, based on suggestions when we invited everyone to share a favorite song from 1981, the year CJC was founded. You can listen on Spotify here: WORKED UP Since 1981: Chicago Jobs Council Annual Meeting Playlist.

You can also watch our 39th Anniversary Video, award presentations, and the panel discussion below. The full meeting recording is at the bottom of the page.

Finally, a number of other announcements and resources were shared at the meeting. Here are few other things that came up:

  • On the panel, Ugo Okere from Raise the Floor brought up the Paid Emergency Leave ordinance, which you can see here.
  • Our Board Member Sheryl Holman shared a reminder that Census participation is still critical so our communities are counted, represented, and fully resourced. Check out these Chicago and Illinois resources for more.
  • We learned of the passing of Dr. Conrad Worrill, a scholar and activist at the forefront of social and racial justice, African-centered education, African liberation and self-determination for people of African descent. You can read more here.
  • If you enjoyed the 1 minute video that framed the panel discussion, you can watch the whole thing here.


Here is the meeting in its entirety: