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SOUL Banquet 2013

Dear friends, elected officials, business leaders, & concerned citizens:

You are cordially invited to SOUL's annual awards banquet on Sunday, October 6, 2013. As you may know, SOUL is an organization of congregations, community organizations, and individuals across the South Side and South Suburbs of Chicago who come together to make change on key issues affecting our communities. The banquet is a time to celebrate SOUL’s work with music, dancing, food, wine and networking! We will recognize the outstanding commitment of our leaders and allies, and show elected officials the power of organized people.  We want you present to celebrate with us!

Here are the details of the event:
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Church of Saint Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester, Chicago 60615
Ticket price: $75

Over the past year, SOUL has succeeded in making a number of positive changes in our communities:
·   SOUL re-activated a campaign for an Arts & Recreation Center in Bronzeville and began securing financial commitments to fund the center.
·   SOUL began campaigning for a 31st Street Bus and got commitments of support from one alderman and three state legislators.
·   SOUL secured commitments from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Aldermen Michelle Harris and Roderick Sawyer to use the new Cook County Land Bank to get banks to donate vacant homes so they can be fixed up and returned to occupancy, with local jobs created in the process.
·   SOUL worked with IIRON and National People’s Action to push Attorney General Lisa Madigan to support large-scale mortgage relief, including a $25 billion settlement with the biggest banks requiring them to reduce mortgage payments for some underwater homeowners.
·   SOUL worked with IIRON to fight back against corporate tax loopholes that cost the State of Illinois $2 billion and have forced $1.7 in budget cuts to Medicaid and $200 million in budget cuts to schools.

We need your support to continue this great work through the next year!  Buy your tickets today!

2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Celebration and Public Meeting

Celebrate Dr. King's legacy by fighting for your community! 

When: Sunday, January 13, 2013

 Musical celebration and registration will take place from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m., and the public meeting will start promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Where: West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove

This is the time each year when we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, and we continue his work through community organizing. We will be asking elected officials to make commitments on issues affecting our communities.  Come show your officials that their constituents will not stand on the side lines.  Please come out and bring your friends, neighbors, and fellow congregants!  You can RSVP here.

The issues include: 

  • the creation of a land bank in Cook County to rehabilitate unused and foreclosed properties to create affordable housing and jobs
  • building the Bronzeville Arts and Rec Center 
  • securing a local bus route in Bridgeport
  • closing corporate tax loop holes in Illinois and creating progressive revenue streams on the federal level to better fund education, parks, and other public services
Call Will Tanzman at (312) 402-0572 if you have any questions. 

Buses are leaving from all over the south side and south suburbs of Chicago. For information on transportation from your neighborhood, call Maria Fitzsimmons at (773) 456-8886.

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." - Dr. King

SOUL year-end appeal

Dear SOUL supporters,
Thank you for your involvement in SOUL this year.  As you think about the world you'd like to see in 2013 and beyond, I hope you will consider a year-end gift to SOUL to help us continue empowering people in the South Side and South Suburbs to create a better world in the coming year.
This year, we have played a leading role in fighting to protect and improve the services our communities depend on:
In the coming year, with your support, we will continue to hold elected officials and corporations accountable.  Please make a year-end contribution today!  Your support will help us win concrete victories to help our communities while we build a larger movement for economic justice on the South Side and South Suburbs.

Thank you for all you do.
In faith and justice,
Will Tanzman
Co-Executive Director
Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation