AMP: Grassroots²



Cook County Justice for Children

Vision: CCJC works to support troubled children and families towards stable, productive, and healthy lives. CCJC is rooted in a model of compassionate and effective justice. CCJC seeks to develop and strengthen both the linkages to, and voices of those directly impacted by the Court system.

Impact: CCJC supports transparency of the administration of the Juvenile Court & Detention Center, advises the court on effective protocol and procedures, raises awareness and understanding of the role of court, detention center, while minimizing the number of youth removed from their families and exposed to detention or incarceration.

Journey for Justice Alliance

Vision: J4J is intentionally creating a space for organized low-income and working class communities who are directly impacted by top-down privatization and school closings efforts. J4J member’s organizations are built and led primarily by parents and youth of color and fight for community-driven school improvement. 

Impact: J4J aids local organizing through technical assistance and helping to nationalize local fights. J4J is led by a coordinating committee and a national director with decades of experience in community organizing, and utilizes this collective experience to provide their member groups in various training in areas.

Southside Together Organizing for Power

Vision: STOP works to build the power of residents on the Southside of Chicago. STOP works to fight for human rights through organizing, popular education, and leadership development amongst people most directly affected by issues like gentrification, displacement, and incarceration.

Impact: STOP’s accomplishments include stopping the displacement of over 600 low income black residents, bringing immediate redress to human rights violations occurring in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, stopping the closure of four south side mental health clinics, winning a commitment to build the only medical trauma center on the south side of Chicago, and working in coalition to win $1M of investment into restorative justice alternatives to incarceration.

Black Youth Project 100

Vision: BYP100 is a national organization of youth activists and organizers creating freedom and justice for all Black people. BYP100 envisions a world where Black people have economic, social, political, and educational freedom.

Impact: In 2015, BYP100 hosted our first National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women & Girls. More than 22 cities participated in direct actions lifting up names of Black women, with an emphasis on young, queer, trans and femmes, victims of police violence. During the 2014 midterm elections, BYP100 led a three-state GOTV program in Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina resulting in engagement with nearly 10,000 young Black registered voters. In 2016, following the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile in Minnesota, as well as the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, BYP100’s re-centered the conversation in the media and beyond to redirect the heat towards the organizations that work to protect police power at any cost.