At a time of universal recognition of the need to address long-standing disinvestment in Black Communities, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, together with co-sponsor Alliance for Safety and Justice, will host a virtual town hall on Thursday, July 2 at 2:00 p.m. CDT on R3. Funded by cannabis revenues, R3 is a new grant program designed to help empower Illinois communities impacted by economic disinvestment, violence and the severe and multilayered harm caused by the war on drugs. The Town Hall will feature members of the Illinois Black Caucus, who will outline ways these funds can be used to respond to issues raised by the nationwide racial justice uprisings.
R3 applications are due on July 20 to support planning and assessment initiatives, as well as programs that provide economic development, violence prevention, reentry, youth development, and civil legal aid services. During the town hall, participants will learn more about R3 and how community organizations can apply for these funds aimed at reversing decades of disinvestment in the Black community.
Speakers will include: Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (Deputy Majority Leader), Representative Sonya Harper, Senator Kimberly Lightford (Senate Majority Leader), Director Quinn Rallins (Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative), Senator Elgie Sims, and Representative Maurice West.