Another Successful Women Who Dared Event

Kina Collins and Kim Foxx Accept their Women Who Dared Award

Chicago NOW’s annual Women Who Dared fundraising event took place last week and was a resounding success! This year, CNOW honored Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx and the Chairwoman for the Illinois Council on Women and Girls Kina Collins.

Kina and Kim gave inspirational addresses, and the event was an empowering display of what women can do when we come together.

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

Silver: Alma and David Delgadillo

Bronze: Joel Kowsky, Jessica Scheller, Sue Straus

To our silent auction donors: Bella Voce, Hazel, Building Blocks Toy Store, Chicago Wolves, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, L&A Healing Studio, Women and Children First and Chicago A Cappella. Thank you so much for your generous donations!

Thank you to all that attended!

Stay tuned for information on our next events: March to the Polls on October 13th, and Hug Your Body & Embrace Your Vote on Monday Oct 29.

Meet our 2018 Woman Who Dared: Kina Collins

Kina CollinsKina Collins
Chairwoman
Illinois Council on Women and Girls

VERNITA GRAY COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AWARD

Kina Collins is a gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform advocate. She is also a native of the Austin community on Chicago’s west side. She began her activism during her time as a student of Chicago Public Schools, where she served as a Summer of Service Learning Ambassador and continued her mentoring efforts throughout her collegiate career. She attended Louisiana State University studying Sociology. During her time at LSU, Ms. Collins was inducted as a Ronald E. McNair Research scholar and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Collins would go on to be selected as a National Leadership Council regional organizer for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform through Generation Progress “Fight for a Future” network, representing the state of Louisiana. As the Louisiana regional organizer, Ms. Collins was apart of the “Beyond the Gun” campaign, where she helped launch two national campaigns around the 2016 Presidential election.

Currently, Ms. Collins serves as the founder of the Chicago Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition-building organization centered on empowering activists and organizers around the reduction of gun violence in the city of Chicago. Ms. Collins was selected as a feature in 100 Black Women of Chicago, honoring her dedication to community service and leadership. She recently co-authored her first bill that was passed into law, the Illinois Council on Women and Girls Act. Ms. Collins serves on several boards including, Women’s March- Illinois chapter, Chicago International Peace Movement, and I Grow Chicago. Currently, she serves as the Chairwoman for the Illinois State Council on Women and Girls.

Register now to honor Kina Collins at our Annual Women Who Dared cocktail reception and fundraiser on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6 PM.

Meet our 2018 Woman Who Dared: Kim Foxx

Cook County State’s AttorneyKimberly M. Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney

DAWN CLARK NETSCH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016 with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe.

In her first year in office, Kim has already undertaken substantial reform. She has revamped the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, resulting in overturned convictions in over 20 cases, including the first-ever mass exoneration in Cook County for 15 men whose convictions stemmed from misconduct by a Chicago Police Officer. She has been a leader in bond reform, instructing prosecutors to agree to recognizance bonds where appropriate, and reviewing bond decisions in cases where people are detained because they are unable to pay bonds of $1,000 or less. Kim has taken the lead on prioritizing resources away from low-level offenses, including raising the threshold for approving felony charges for retail theft to $1,000, and declining to prosecute misdemeanor traffic offenses for failure to pay tickets and fines.

Kim served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 12 years, and was also a guardian ad litem, where she worked as an attorney advocating for children navigating the child welfare system. Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Kim served as Chief of Staff for the Cook County Board President, where she was the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Born and raised on Chicago’s Near North Side, Kim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the SIU School of Law.

Register now to honor Kim Foxx at our Annual Women Who Dared cocktail reception and fundraiser on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6 PM.

CNOW Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse in CPS

There has recently been increased national attention on keeping our students safe while they are at school. This debate typically revolves around the school shooting epidemic, but Chicago Public Schools have another epidemic that has yet to be dealt with appropriately.

The Chicago Tribune recently reported an extensive analysis concluding that over the last decade, police have investigated 523 reports of children being sexually assaulted inside CPS. In many of these reported cases, CPS failed to alert child welfare investigators or police, despite being mandated reporters. In some cases, inadequate background checks led to employment of educators who had been arrested or convicted of sex crimes against minors. Coaches, security guards, teachers, and fellow students have been sexually assaulting children with little to no accountability.

We know that if there are 523 reported cases of sexual misconduct, there are hundreds of instances that have gone unreported due to students’ understandable fear of retaliation, or the proven lack of consequence for perpetrators.

Chicago NOW takes a strong stand against sexual harassment and sexual assault, especially when it affects our youngest generation. The damage that CPS has caused these students is insurmountable and needs to be rectified immediately. CPS must be held accountable to protect its student body. Chicago NOW asks CPS to publicly indicate how they plan to protect their students moving forward.

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2018 Women Who Dared Nominations Are Open!

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women is seeking nominations for Women Who Dared, our annual award ceremony recognizing the vital work of women making a difference in Chicago. Each fall, CNOW honors one elected official and one community leader working to serve and uplift women and girls in our city and beyond.

Recent past honorees on the elected official side include Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, and Judge Gloria Chevere. Community leader honorees have included Tamar Manasseh of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings, Charlene Carruthers of BYP100, and Scheherazade Tillet of A Long Walk Home. At the Women Who Dared event later this year, you will hear from these amazing women and be part of the conversation about CNOW’s future.

Now, we want to hear from you! Click here to nominate a Chicago woman who has made a difference in the past year. We can’t wait to hear about all the amazing Women Who Dared in Chicago!