Equity in Funding Sign-On letter:

Greetings,

For over 40 years, Black communities have been targeted and over-policed around drug sales and possession. In numerous cases, the sentencing for possession or dealing was more severe than that given for more egregious crimes like 2nd or 1st degree murder. Drug enforcement and sentencing have systematically had a negative impact on individuals, families, and the community. I was encouraged when the Governor’s Office announced the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) funding opportunity, which was intended to begin to right the wrongs done to communities, due to enforcement of cannabis drug policies. That sense of hope was shattered when I saw the results; I did not see the names of small, Black-led organizations that are embedded in and serving Black communities among the R3 funded organizations.

I have watched as major funding opportunities have time and again been awarded to larger, primarily white led and operated agencies, which then parcel out small subcontracts and supervise the direct services providers the R3 funding does not appear to break from this tendency. The subcontracts are insufficient to fully support the direct and indirect costs incurred by the subcontracted agency: rental, electricity, telephone service, and office support. Further, it means inconsistent and unreliable funds for staffing continuity. The current model is systematically causing the demise of Black-led and operated organizations throughout Chicagoland and the state of Illinois. Governor Pritzker is “proud to see this key equity goal in cannabis legalization move forward” and Lt. Governor Stratton frames the R3 as a “grant process with community inclusion and promotes a standard for equity and success that other states will hopefully take note of and emulate”. However, If the state and funding bodies have a genuine desire and commitment to support and build the infrastructures of Black-led and operated agencies, it is essential that the current process be reevaluated to ensure Black leaders are included in the conversation and decision making. Plans for Black-led organizations directly serving the Black community can no longer be developed and implemented without input from Black individuals that includes their lived experiences. While ICJIA assured the public in their press release that “equity and restorative justice frameworks were centered in every decision throughout the review process” we see a dearth of small grassroots, longstanding Black lead grantees.

It is now more imperative than ever that I, as a Black woman, rise to say, “enough is enough.” I implore you, our community, to stand with us as we deliver these demands to our elected. These demands will be sent to the Black Congressional Caucus, and the Governor’s Office. It is time that we hold individuals, entities, and institutions responsible for the health and well-being of Black organizations, Black communities, and Black lives accountable. How can we truly serve the needs of Black communities that have often received fewer resources when our Black Led and operated agencies are receiving scraps that barely keep the doors of the agency open? I hope you will sign onto the following demands.

We believe that creating funding competition between large agencies and small Black community-based organizations is a setup for failure, as the smaller organizations are not positioned to compete.

We, the undersigned, as leaders of Black organizations serving Black communities, and allies demand the following:

1. We demand a meeting with the Black Caucus, and the Governor’s Office to discuss the current system of fund allocations in Chicagoland and Illinois.

2. We seek to create a system that nurtures Black-led organizations: providing resources, including fiscal tools, to ensure a strong underlying foundation for organizational financial health and stability. A system that addresses the historic and systematic racism that has created structures and disempower and minimizes Black culturally competent and appropriate agencies.

3. We demand that a black lead community advisory board with meaningful responsibilities, be included in the development and review of the grant application process.

In solidarity,
Rev. Doris J. Green
Chief Executive Officer TRS/MWIPM
rev.green@transformingreentry.org

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Transforming Reentry Services/MWIPM

works to create an equitable future for re-entry communities. Founded and incorporated by black women and incarcerated individuals, we combine services, advocacy, and research to fill in the gaps in the systems, restore families, and build economic and political power.

Transforming Reentry Services/
MWIPM

works to create an equitable future for re-entry communities. Founded and incorporated by black women and incarcerated individuals, we combine services, advocacy, and research to fill in the gaps in the systems, restore families, and build economic and political power.

Serving The Reentry Population

During 2018, the staff, volunteers, and interns provided services to over 2,500 reentry population.

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors, we’ve been able to positively impact our community.

Clients Served

Our clients consist of those the reentry population, substance abusers, etc.

Communities Served

We have been active in the following Chicago communities since 1982:

– Bronzeville

– Englewood

– Austin 

Plus more

Serving The Reentry Population

During 2018, the staff, volunteers, and interns provided services to over 2,500 reentry population.

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors, we’ve been able to positively impact our community.

Clients Served

Our clients consist of those the reentry population, substance abusers, etc.

Communities Served

We have been active the following Chicago communities since 1982:

– Bronzeville

– Englewood

– Austin 

Plus more

Transforming Reentry Services / (Men & Women In Prison Ministries), provides direct comprehensive services to the reentry community, using the First Step Model. Individuals returning to their former communities, often return with limited resources and many needs. Many of the formerly incarcerated individuals make their “first step” by accessing local trusted community or faith-based organizations to acquire basic needs: housing, food, employment etc. The services are delivered using a client centered and culturally competent approach.

Support Programs

TRS provides services through five departments: Health & Wellness, Social Economic Recovery, Advocacy, Capacity Building, International Programs & Services. Each department is focused on assisting clients successfully transition from behind the wall and relocating in the community.

Advocacy is conducted through the efforts of 300 members and member organizations, represent and advocate for the lives of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated community.

Health &

     Wellness

             Programs

Addressing the health and well-being of individuals incarcerated; at risk individuals for incarceration or recidivism; and returning citizens

    Social Economic                     Recovery Programs

 

Strengthening and preserving positive family dynamics and quality of life for returning citizens

Social Economic

Recovery Programs

 

Strengthening and preserving positive family dynamics and quality of life for returning citizens

Prison

    Advocacy

 

Ensuring the human rights of individuals engaged in the criminal justice system are not violated

            Capacity Building 

Supporting the development and growth of organizations addressing the medical social and economic disparities of underserved or disenfranchised communities.

Capacity     

Building

 

Supporting the development and growth of organizations addressing the medical social and economic disparities of underserved or disenfranchised communities.

International

      Department

Working in the partnership with organizations, churches and government officials, supporting community efforts to empower the lives of returning citizens and promote the health and well-being of underserved populations

Free HIV & HEP-C Screening

Every 2nd and 3rd Fridays of the Month | 10:00a – 2:00p

Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center, 5820 West Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, 60651

Were you released from corrections within the last 12 months and you need a Social Security Card, State ID, or Birth Certificate? Transforming Reentry Services (MWIPM) can assist you. You may also call (312) 328-9610 or (708) 339-2400 to contact Marlon OglesbyGlenn Taylor, or Russell Jackson for more info.

Past Events

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TRS/MWIPM- 14th Annual People’s Gala

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ATTENTION: All in-person gatherings pertaining to TRS have been cancelled for the time being as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, unless stated otherwise.  

Harm Reduction & Prison Coalition

 Friday, April 23rd, 2021
10 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
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Family Reunification Support Group

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
ZOOM MEETINGS!
Topics: Trauma & Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Advisory Board

Friday, April 23rd, 2021
10 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
9:00 am – 10:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois Community Supportive Services and Referrals Directory

A statewide guide of services for people leaving prison of jail.

Illinois Community Supportive Services and Referrals Directory

A statewide guide of services for people leaving prison of jail.

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