Help CNOW Honor the Work of Sista Afya during Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month we at the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women (CNOW) are working together to honor and support the work of Sista Afya. Sista Afya is a local community based organization that supports the mental wellness of millennial Black women in Chicago. Sista Afya has been in existence for a year and has already made a positive impact in the Chicago community through its mission to build community, share information, and connect black women to quality mental health services. Sista Afya provides mental wellness education, resource connection, community support, and mental wellness merchandise that is simple, accessible, and centers the experiences of Black women. Sista Afya works to address the service gaps that Black women in Chicago may experience within the healthcare system due to discrimination and/or lack of accessibility to quality mental health services.

Camesha Jones is the Founder of Sista Afya and is a millennial black woman who has overcame personal experiences with mental health recovery and through her lived experiences she has become a mental wellness advocate for Black women in Chicago. Jones is no stranger to working to uplift black women as she has received a Bachelors in Sociology from Spelman College a private women’s liberal arts college in Atlanta that centers the empowerment of Black Women and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

She has 7 years of experience serving the community in various systems that include and are not limited to: violence prevention, mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and program coordination of youth development programs. She’s worked and received training from organizations such as: National Council of Negro Women, Children’s Defense Fund, UCAN, Build Chicago, and Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program.

To support the work of Sista Afya please donate to the online fundraiser to support the work of black women’s mental wellness

More information about the organization can be found here: https://www.sistaafya.com/

Chicago NOW President on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

Chicago NOW President on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

On Monday, January 28, 2019 , Chicago NOW President Paloma Delgadillo spoke on WTTW – Chicago PBS regarding the recent Gillette commercial and subsequent controversy about men’s rights and feminism. In intersectional feminism, we call on our allies to use their voices to speak to the harmful behaviors that may be exhibited in their own community. Calling on men to do better is not the same as oppression, but instead a necessary and positive action that must be taken in order to fight against misogyny.

This discussion was also a sobering reminder that sexism is still alive and well. Though it may not always be apparent, it is still obvious in the behaviors we view as normal and in society’s inability to hold men (and all people) accountable for their actions. We have made great strides in the last few decades, but we must keep pushing for what we believe in. The fight for women’s rights can be won, but only if we keep voting, speaking out, and living every day in accordance with our feminist values.

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.