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The People’s Lobby Education Institute — Work on Prosecutorial Accountability in Chicago (2017)

Rev. Charles Straight, a leader with The People's Lobby, speaks at a demonstration about the need for resources, not police and mass incarceration, to address the root causes of violence in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of The People's Lobby)
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To support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago
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Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. The People’s Lobby Education Institute staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $125,000 to The People’s Lobby Education Institute to support its work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. The People’s Lobby Education Institute plans to use this grant to a) support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are ensuring the safety of Cook County communities without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration, and b) build these groups’ capacity to relate to SA Foxx in a productive way. Possible activities include town hall meetings, prayer vigils, and quarterly meetings with SA Foxx to determine whether she is meeting the groups’ standards for community accountability and reduced use of harsh criminal justice sanctions. We believe that holding SA Foxx accountable is important to the long-term success of the strategy of prosecutorial accountability.

This is a discretionary grant.