Workers Center for Racial Justice — Prosecutorial Accountability in Chicago (2020)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $20,000 to the Workers Center for Racial Justice to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. This funding is intended to enable the Workers Center for Racial Justice to support local organizing to ensure Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s policies are keeping communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration and to continue to set the context for electing and re-electing reform-minded prosecutors.

This follows our July 2019 support and represents an “exit grant.” It falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Workers Center for Racial Justice — Prosecutorial Accountability in Chicago (2019)

WCRJ members meet with key legislators in Springfield to advocate for criminal justice reform (Photo courtesy of WCRJ.)

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 recommended a grant of $85,000 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 support local organizing to ensure Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s policies are keeping communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration.

This discretionary grant follows our June 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Workers Center for Racial Justice — Prosecutorial Accountability in Chicago (2018)

Members of the Workers Center for Racial Justice at a town hall with Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx. (Photo courtesy of the Workers Center for Racial Justice)

Grant investigator: Michelle Crentsil

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended 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 support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are keeping Cook County communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration.

This grant is a renewal of our March 2017 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Workers Center for Racial Justice — Prosecutorial Accountability in Chicago (2017)

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)
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 recommended 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.