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  • DISPATCH Newsletter March 2023
    OFFICIAL Black History in Niles In our last Dispatch newsletter we wrote about the Black history of Niles and we were happy to bring this […]
  • DISPATCH Newsletter February 2023
    OFFICIAL Hello friends, welcome back to the DISPATCH! We have more to say than we can squeeze in this month, buckle up! Black History & […]
  • DISPATCH Newsletter January 2023
    OFFICIAL Hello friends, it’s time once again for our monthly newsletter we call the DISPATCH! Here are quick snippets of some of what’s going down […]
  • DISPATCH Newsletter December 2022
    OFFICIAL Hello neighbors, it’s time once again for our monthly newsletter we call the DISPATCH! Here are some quick snippets of what’s going down in […]
  • [DISPATCH] November 2022
    ::OFFICIAL:: ::Community organizations like Niles Coalition fight for social justice. Meanwhile, right-wing forces are encroaching upon our communities. They are spreading misinformation in the guise […]
  • Accessing Chicago Tribune Articles
    Using your Niles-Maine District Library account you can access many many online research services for free!. Chicago Tribune is no exception. It is frustrating to […]
  • October 2022 #SaveNilesLibrary Flier
  • [DISPATCH] October 2022
    ::INTRO:: We’re refreshing our monthly email newsletter, which is now entitled “Dispatch”. This will include updates regarding our campaigns and other social justice concerns in […]
  • [PRESS RELEASE] Rally For the Jeopardized Niles-Maine District Library
  • [EMAIL] In It To Win It
    Hello dear community, We are delighted to announce some major progress as a result of our relentless organizing efforts for change. Our #SaveNilesLibrary campaign has […]
  • [ACTION] #SaveNilesLibrary Rally Outside Niles-Maine District Library
    Join us for a #SaveNilesLibrary rally on the south lawn of the Niles-Maine District Library. We’ll gather at 5:45, and will head into the library […]
  • [ACTION] Petition: Appoint a Qualified Niles-Maine District Library Trustee
    This was a petition to ask State Librarian Jesse White to appoint a qualified trustee to fill the year-long vacancy on the Niles-Maine District Library […]
  • [EMAIL] We Got Us
    Dear Community, #NotInMyTown Orange Ribbons In our previous email we expressed our solidarity with Park Ridge youth. A Chicago cop attacked a 14 year old […]
  • [EMAIL] Act Local
    When looking for ways that we can make the change we want to see, it’s important to think local. When we see bad news at […]
  • [EMAIL] Getting Uncomfortable
    We’ve been busy and can’t wait to tell you all about what we’ve been up to! Neighbors United Against Hate Rally Our rally against hate […]
  • Neighbors United Against Hate Rally May 2022
    In partnership with Action Ridge we hosted a rally to reclaim our streets against the growing scourge of white supremacy across our communities. Also see: […]
  • [EMAIL] United
    Niles Coalition has celebrated the 1 year anniversary of our founding. It was the attack on our Niles-Maine District Library that acted as the inciting […]
  • June 2022 Election
    Here’s a tool to check your voter information: If you or someone you know is not yet registered/have moved since you last voted here’s […]
  • [EMAIL] Coalition Building in Niles and Beyond
    Hello friends, the weather is warming up and we are getting out! Looking forward to seeing more of everybody this spring and summer! Anti-Hate Actions […]
  • [EMAIL] Niles Transparency
    The people of Niles deserve transparency. We know an open government strengthens democracy and builds trust. Unfortunately, in Niles, actions and decisions that affect our […]
  • White Supremacy in Niles
    The Niles Coalition was founded to foster social justice in our community. The use of racial slurs[1] in our schools and the distribution of antisemitic […]
  • [EMAIL] Love Means Action
    It’s time for action! Join us this Friday at 1:30 p.m. to Denounce Racist Attacks at Niles West in solidarity with the Abolition Coalition of […]
  • [EMAIL] Voicing Truth!
    Greetings friends, In our last email Silencing Dissent, we spoke not only about the lack of representation in our governing bodies but the direct suppression […]
  • [EMAIL] Silencing Dissent
    Greetings community members, In an inclusive community, all voices would be represented and heard. We wrote about how public access to Village of Niles Board […]
  • [EMAIL] Write With Us!
    Howdy neighbor! With several elected officials leaving their posts mid-term in recent months, there are alotta opportunities for new leadership and representation in Niles. First […]
  • Levy FAQ
    In order to maintain our building, staff, and services, the library needs sustainable funding.  Any decrease in the levy, the main revenue source for the […]
  • Niles Youth Community Petition Comments
    Here are some comments from the Niles Youth Community Library Petition. You still have time to add your own! “I support the demands of the […]
  • Liberate the Library Protest Postponed
    Hello supporter! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Niles Youth Community has decided to postpone the Liberate the Library protest scheduled for Wednesday October 20th. Liberating […]
  • [EMAIL] Youth Solidarity
    Howdy neighbor! Leaders of social justice have emphasized the importance of solidarity. It is a crucial element for a just society. All of us are […]
  • Liberate the Library Protest!
    The Niles-Maine District Library has been taken over by hostile anti-library trustees: Carolyn Drblik, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula.  Join the Niles Youth Community​‘s anti-racism efforts by […]
  • Niles Youth Community Library Petition
    The Niles-Maine District Library is being undermined by three anti-library trustees: Carolyn Drblik, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula. Their attack on our library will disproportionately […]
  • [EMAIL] Youth Coalition Building
    Hello there neighbor! We have some awesome news to share, with opportunities you or people you know may be interested in. Check it out and […]
  • Niles Youth Community #SaveNilesLibrary Demands
    The Niles Youth Community seeks to promote anti-racism, the diversity of the Niles community, and the voices of the youth. To make that a reality […]
  • [EMAIL] One Down, Three To Go!
    *BIG NEWS* on our Niles Coalition #SaveNilesLibrary campaign! Yesterday was a new day. Yesterday we woke up knowing that on 8-18-2021 the anti-library bloc of […]
  • [EMAIL] #SaveNilesLibrary All Day Every Day
    We hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer. While the summer winds to a close we’re just warming up! After the big #SaveNilesLibrary […]
  • [EMAIL] Post-Rally Update: Our First Win!
    On Wednesday night, we won an important victory. Library board trustee Olivia Hanusiak, who originally supported a widely-criticized austerity budget, broke with the majority and […]
  • [EMAIL] Rally to Save Niles Library
    Hi Neighbor! In Niles we have an undeniable lack of representation in our local government. While #SaveNilesLibrary is our first campaign in response to the […]
  • [EMAIL] July 20 Action Plan to Save Niles Library
    Hi Neighbor, We have a small Niles Coalition update with an important #SaveNilesLibrary plan to join. Check it out! Niles Coalition We have a new […]
  • More Info
    People and organizations that have spoken out against the actions of the Trustees: East Maine School District 63 Board of Education Dr. Scott Clay, Superintendent […]
  • Resist, Resist!
    While the anti-library bloc of Trustees Carolyn Drblik, Joe Makula, Susan Schoenfeldt, & Olivia Hanusiak have been scheming amongst themselves for quite some time and […]
    ⚠️ ACTION ITEM ⚠️Please sign this petition from AFSCME Council 31. We Support Niles-Maine District Library Employees! Tell the Niles-Main District Library Board of Trustees […]
  • [EMAIL] Get Off the Internet!
    [Niles Coalition] Solidarity Card Events Like the amazing activist, grassroots organizer, and educator Mariame Kaba says: “It isn’t true that ‘noone is doing X’. In […]
  • [EMAIL] We Knew This Was Coming
    The lessons we’re learning from the #SaveNilesLibrary campaign have been informing the organizational structure of the Niles Coalition. We’ve been networking and making so many […]
  • #LoveTheDove
    We are not OK. During the June 18, 2021 Special Board Meeting the anti-library bloc (Carolyn Drblik, Olivia Hanusiak, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, & Joe Makula) forced […]
  • Library Unionizes, Fight Continues
    In the month of June quite a lot has happened already, lots of wins and updates!
  • A New Proposal
    We have a new development regarding the corrupt contract the Niles-Maine District Library Board railroaded in. As you may know, recently we launched a letter-writing […]
  • ACTION ALERT 6/14 & 6/16/2021
    The library is getting cut up, here’s some opportunities for action.
  • [EMAIL] Niles Coalition Progress & #SaveNilesLibrary Action Alert
    We’re so excited about all of the support and interest from those of you in the community who’ve signed up for our NilesCoalition mailing list! […]
  • Reject the Corrupt Contract!
    Here’s a #SaveNilesLibrary action you can take right away!
  • [EMAIL] #SaveNilesLibrary Update: 5-24-2021 Board Meeting
    Hello World! Bet you’re here to keep tabs on the Niles Coalition’s #SaveNilesLibrary campaign, and that’s SUPER awesome! Thanks for signing up! We formed as […]
  • Update: Library Special Board Meeting 5-24-2021
    Thank you to all of the community members who came out to bear witness to and express their concerns at last night’s extremely long Special […]
  • ACTION ALERT 5/24/2021
    Please join us on Monday May 24th 6:30pm and the Niles-Maine District Library! Read more about the issues here.
  • Intro: #SaveNilesLibrary
    The Niles-Maine District Library is in trouble. Here is a quick intro to some of the issues.