Northside Action for Justice (NA4J) is a grassroots, member-controlled organization that builds power for low and moderate income people in order to advance the cause of economic and social justice on the north side of Chicago and across the globe.
NA4J was launched in 2007 and was founded by members of Community of Uptown Residents for Affordability and Justice (COURAJ) and Rogers Park Community Action Network (RPCAN). Both COURAJ and RPCAN had a sustained presence and actively organized in their respective communities. They joined together in 2007 to build a stronger, more collaborative grassroots multi-issue organization.
Prior to NA4J, these two groups organized tenant councils, fought gentrification and displacement, supported the development of affordable housing and living wage jobs, worked to create and maintain good neighborhood public schools (such as helping to bring Uplift High School to Uptown), and promoted economic justice throughout the Northside and across Chicago.
What We Stand For
Housing and Community Development
NA4J members organize to preserve, protect, and expand decent affordable housing. We work with tenants to improve building conditions, fight illegal evictions, and stop displacement and gentrification.
Over the years our members have organized to defend public schools from closure and privatization, and for community control over our neighborhood schools. NA4J members helped form the Northside Save Our Schools Organizing Committee to stop mass school closings and fight for an elected, representative school board.
NA4J co-founded the Alliance for Community Services to connect persons receiving services and the workers that deliver them. NA4J and the Alliance is working to stop and reverse cuts to Medicaid and other Human Services and promote accessible, accountable and robust public human services in our communities.
NA4J supports efforts to bring living-wage sustainable jobs to our communities, stands in solidarity with organized labor, and works to promote tax fairness such as supporting the creation of the Robin Hood Tax.
See the 'Issues and Campaigns' Page for more information on our details
Since 2007, NA4J has been active in many campaigns. Here are some of our recent accomplishments:
- Helped bring in 178 new affordable housing units at the Wilson Yards site
- Conducted several referendum campaigns calling for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Funds to be reinvested in schools and communities, for a "Robin Hood Tax" on financial/speculative trading, and most recently, for an elected representative school board.
- Led the Uptown Strike School in September, 2012, during the CTU strike. 45 students participated with support from parents, community members, and teachers.
- Co-sponsored several recent Save-Our-Schools actions, including the Stand Up for Uptown action on April 27 and the Northside March for Education Justice on May 19.
Board of Directors
Kevin Brown, Rogers Park
Jean Burks, Uptown
Mike Butler, Uptown
Kelate Gaim, Uptown
Marc Kaplan, Uptown
Dorothy Lawless, Rogers Park
Shalonda Peterson, Uptown
Louella Pickett, Rogers Park
Kathy Powers, Edgewater
Evelyn Thomas, Uptown
Francis X. Tobin, Rogers Park
Karen Zaccor, Uptown