As we strive towards a more equitable world, we recognize that many in our community are seeking resources to educate themselves on new topics, desiring concrete ways to take action, and looking for organizations to support. Below are a variety of Chicago-area resources for learning and free assistance.
Page last updated: 8/5/2021
Resources to Learn More and Take Action
- Howard Brown Health Center
- AIDS Foundation Chicago
- JCFS Response for Teens, providing information, education, support and more for LGBTQ+ youth, young adults and their families and allies.
- Queery, the Chicagoland LGBT Services Directory
- Equality Illinois
- Affinity Community Services, a Black-led, queer-led organization on Chicago’s Southside dedicated to social justice in Black LGBTQ+ communities
- Transformative Justice Project IL, for gender-affirmation process legal support.
- Lambda Legal, offering services to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people.
- Stop AAPI Hate Movement
- We Are Not A Stereotype (Breaking Down Asian Pacific American Bias)
- AAPI Emergency Response Network
- Asian Human Services
- Chicago Asian Network
- Asian Mental Health Collective–includes an Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American (APISAA) Therapist Directory
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
- Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition
- Latino Policy Forum
- HACES, assisting with immigration status
- Centro Romero, assisting Latinx domestic violence victims
- Mil Mujeres, providing immigration legal services to low-income individuals in the Latino community
- Mujeres Latinas en Accion, providing support for adult survivors of sexual violence
- Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative, dedicated to furthering diverse causes and the greater well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and First Nations people in the Chicago area.
- American Indian Association of Illinois
- “We’re Still Here”: Chicago’s Native American Community on WTTW
- Adversity and Resiliency for Chicago’s First: The State of Racial Justice for American Indian Chicagoans Report
After a decade of increasingly widespread activism and protests, the reality of unjust policing practices is finally at the forefront of public consciousness. While the Black Lives Matter movement and many others have done work in this area for years and continue a long tradition of organizing for racial equity, we recognize that many in our community are engaging in this area for the first time.
We remember those Chicagoans who have lost their lives to the police, and we stand with all those who fight for justice for the victims and their families.
Information sourced from Mapping Police Violence, from 2013 onwards.
Additional Learning and Resources
- Explainer on Racial Trauma
- Understanding and Coping with Racial Trauma
- Inclusive Care Project, featuring training and professionals working actively in the social justice movement
- Inclusive Therapists
- Melanin and Mental Health
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
- Talkspace virtual therapy
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Sista Afya, a low-cost community mental wellness service centering Black women in Chicago since 2017