Workers Center for Racial Justice — Prosecutorial Accountability in Chicago

Members of the Workers Center for Racial Justice and BlackRoots Alliance protesting in front of Anita Alvarez's office. (Photo courtesy of the Workers Center for Racial Justice)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
3/2017
Grant Amount 
$125,000
Purpose 
To support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago.
Topic (focus area) 

Published: September 2017
Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Workers Center for Racial Justice staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a grant of $125,000 to the Workers Center for Racial Justice to support its work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. The Workers Center for Racial Justice 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.