Past Benefit Organizations:
Las Brisas Mural Project
The city of Las Brisas is located in a remote village in Guatemala where community members have been without clean water and latrines for too long. The Las Brisas Mural Project brings together artists and community members to paint health-oriented educational murals and work with partners towards bringing water purifiers and latrines to the village.
Villapalooza is a free, all-day, all-ages music festival in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood dedicated to promoting non-violent spaces for arts and community engagement.
CumbiaSazo is excited to dance & support Villapalooza’s grassroots fundraising efforts for this year’s fest, taking place on September 5, 2015.
Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fatphobia and are body positive.
Allied Media Conference
The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit. We’ve been a number of times and are happy to be partying/donating towards the efforts of the healing space so healers/health practitioners can participate this June 18-21, 2015.
Bikes N’ Roses Youth Program
Bikes N’ Roses is a youth-led non-profit organization in Albany Park and Belmont Cragin that is working to create a happier, healthier community by promoting the use of bicycles instead of cars. We believe biking is good for your health, your wallet, the environment, and that biking can be a primary means of transportation. Bikes and Roses is dedicated to teaching people how biking can benefit them and the communities of Chicago.
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
In April 2014 we made a humble donation to support the INCITE! Color of Violence Conference that took place in Chicago March 26-29. The conference was organized by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, which is a US-based activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities.
We were super thrilled some friends were in town for the conference and joined us on the turntables for the party, including our long-time friend & mentor DJ ang.g, Philly’s Precolumbian, and Anthology of Booty (DC) members Mothershiester & Inda Nile.
Grace Lee Boggs
In response to a calling for support to help Grace stay in her home as she makes her final transition. Grace is now 99, and has devoted her life to the struggle to stretch our collective humanity. We know there is very little public support for quality care to keep our elders in their home, and like her partner Jimmy Boggs, Grace has lived with minimal regard for personal advancement or riches while inspiring so many along the way. In that light we hope to honor Grace by shaking a leg and sending our love & thoughts from Chicago.
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, 96 Acres aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility by presenting insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reaching outcome.
The mission of Project NIA is to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention, and incarceration for addressing youth crime and to instead promote the use of restorative and transformative practices, a concept that relies on community-based alternatives.
Teachers for Social Justice
Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ) is an organization of teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, and other educators working in public, independent, alternative, and charter schools and universities in the Chicago area. We have come together based on our commitment to education for social justice. We are working toward classrooms and schools that are anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the experiences of our students. We believe that all children should have an academically rigorous education that is both caring and critical, an education that helps students pose critical questions about society and “talk back” to the world.
Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign believes that housing is a human right. CAEC members work to restore people who are affected by evictions back to their homes and prevent unlawful evictions by putting their bodies between homes and sheriffs. They are calling for a national moratorium on economically-motivated evictions.
Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network
ACSN-Chicago is a collective of artists and activists working in solidarity with Procesos de Comunidades Negras (Black Community Processes), a collective of Afro-descendant communities in Colombia that struggles for self-determination and against illegal mining and land grabbing. They work to build linkages between communities of color in the global south and global north.
ArtReach at LillStreet
ArtReach at LillStreet believes that creative expression is a fundamental need for all people and serves as a community of working artists bringing innovative art programs to Chicagoans who lack art services for the purpose of helping empower those facing destabilizing factors like poverty, disability, or disconnection.
They believe that people should not be defined by their circumstances and that the accomplishment of identifying as artists, creating things, and engaging in art practices allows individuals to express their full selves and communities. Many people in our city are not afforded high quality tools to create, so ArtReach brings professional teaching artists and materials right to them, providing more than 6,000 art experiences per year in ceramics, painting & drawing, recycled art, puppet & mask making, metalsmithing, textiles, and much more.
We Charge Genocide
We Charge Genocide is a grassroots, inter-generational effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago. We Charge Genocide respects and seeks to lift up the existing efforts to hold the Chicago Police Department accountable, to reform the CPD, and in some cases to seek viable alternatives to policing. Our goal is not to reinvent the wheel but rather to explicitly include young people’s voices in these efforts and to encourage youth-driven solutions.
ElevArte is a multi-arts, community based organization linking local artists and residents in the Pilsen neighborhood since 1978. ElevArte Community Studio has evolved from a single studio operation to a stable, well-staffed organization offering an extensive roster of free programs in the visual, media, and performing arts at over 20 community centers and schools. Built on a unique alliance between artists and neighbors, ElevArte’s work is a response to our community’s need for high quality, deep-impact arts programs that engage youth in meaningful, positive experiences. We are multi-lingual and honor our community’s Mexican heritage.
Roots & Rays Community Garden
La Huerta Roots and Rays is committed to providing gardeners of all skill levels with the resources to grow food and community together. They aim to be an inclusive space which conducts all of its meetings and communications in both English and Spanish, reflecting the Hispanic heritage of our community. Our main goal is to sustain a membership of gardeners that reflects the diverse, multicultural, inter-generational community in which we are located.
Friends of Whittier
Friends of Whittier is a supportive fundraising organization started by friends, teachers and parents for Whittier Dual Language Elementary School in Pilsen and works closely with our Local School Council. We support the music programs, specifically the school choir of the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Alegre Strings program of Merit Music. The Xochiquetzal Peace Garden across the street from Whittier School is a venue for our events as well as a supported organization.
Latino Union / Domestic Workers Organizing Committee
Fearless Undocumented Alliance
Organized Communities Against Deportation
Orgullo en Accion
The Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship
Communities Against Foreclosure & Eviction
Chicago Fair Trade