Chicago Peacebuilding works to dismantle militarism and state violence. We push for investment in communities of color criminalized by those same systems. AFSC works with coalitions and partners. We amplify the voices of directly-impacted people.
Our goals include cutting police spending and supporting community needs through mutual aid. We train youth leaders to confront entrenched power and create real change.
Community Safety Beyond Policing
AFSC Chicago coordinates webinars and study-into-action groups. They explore how we can have less reliance on police and more community safety for all. Topics have included restorative justice and alternatives to calling 911. They've also addressed police-free schools, militarization and white supremacy.
Defunding the Chicago Police
AFSC works in coalition to get cops out of the Chicago Public Schools. We want to re-direct the $1.7 billion annual Chicago Police budget to community needs. This includes education and health care.
Working to close youth prisons
AFSC is part of the Final 5 Campaign. This coalition is working to close the five remaining youth prisons in Illinois. It's also promoting community investment and youth leadership. AFSC has published several hard-copy newsletters distributed to all youth in Illinois prisons. We lift up youth incarceration as part of AFSC’s national #FreeThemAll campaign.
Our new Program Director, ShotSpotter update, and more!
Our new Program Director, ShotSpotter update, and more!Feb 25, 2024
Why defund the police
WILD youth protest against new youth prison in Illinois
WILD, AFSC's Chicag0-based summer youth organizing institute, and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council youth, rally against new youth prison construction in Illinois, demanding $120 million of IDJJ funding for youth programs and alternatives, not more trauma & incarceration.