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  • [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 with Action Ridge was a huge success! On Sunday May 15 we welcomed a crowd of supporters ready to take back the streets against hateful acts in our coalition-wide community. […]
  • [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 incident bringing us together to create the #SaveNileslIbrary campaign. More and more community members have been reaching out and folks have been connecting with our organizers at local events. We’ve […]
  • [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 You might remember that back in February a number of racist hate incidents happened in our community. The initial response from the Village was nonexistent which was very disappointing but […]
  • [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 Village government occur behind closed doors. Most residents remain unaware of these actions, but we all pay the price. We showed up at the February Village of Niles board meeting […]
  • 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 flyers[2] in our neighborhoods are just the latest acts of white supremacy that have no place in Niles. While these acts have done immediate harm to our family, friends, and […]
  • [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 Skokie, NAACP Northshore, the Skokie Schools Equity Collaborative, and Niles West & Niles North students against racism. Communities all over the country are facing pressure from right-wing groups under the […]
  • [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 of speech. We’re taking action to make civic engagement available to all. Community Relations Commission After months of public comments voiced in their meetings and complaints sent to the Community […]
  • [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 Meetings has been recently restricted. Now we’re seeing how the Niles-Maine District Library board led by Carolyn Drblik is similarly restricting access and engagement. This is an expected response when […]
  • [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 we learned of Niles-Maine District Library Board Vice President Olivia Hanusiak’s departure, then Village of Niles Board Trustee Denise McCreery’s, and now 15th District State Representative John D’Amico’s. We at […]
  • 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 the library means more than a single protest. It’s an ongoing commitment of solidarity with groups of people who are impacted most. We’re not slowing down one bit! There are […]
  • [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 or will be subject to marginalization that dramatically affects our lives. It’s in solidarity that great strides towards justice have been made. In that spirit, here are opportunities to show […]
  • [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 please share around! Niles Youth Community A group of youth organizers has joined the Niles Coalition as the Niles Youth Community! We are so excited to work with them in […]
  • [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 the Niles-Maine District Library Board finally lost their stranglehold on our library. Olivia Hanusiak resigned her position from the board! Now the board is made up of 3 pro-library trustees […]
  • [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 rally on July 20th, we’ve been busy catching up with all the new connections we’ve made. This will be the engine that drives all of our campaigns. #SaveNilesLibrary is just […]
  • [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 proposed an amendment that retains current funding levels for staff and operating hours. Because of all the work our community put in, employees walked into work Thursday knowing their jobs […]
  • [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 immediate threat to our library, we know the issue is much bigger. We will strive to not just bring more folks to the table, but build a better table. It […]
  • [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 logo! Notice anything familiar? 👀 #SaveNilesLibrary Campaign Our Niles Coalition #SaveNilesLibrary campaign is growing thanks to supporters like you! We have a number of opportunities available for you. The next […]
  • [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 fact, it’s always true that ‘someone is doing X’”. That is to say that everywhere people are creating all sorts of ways to help others out. Niles is no exception […]
  • [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 new friends. We’re excited to connect with so many of you. Another world is possible, we just know it! #SaveNilesLibrary Update As you know, our cherished Niles-Maine District Library was […]
  • [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! If you want to be more involved in where we focus our attention as a group please let us know so we can set up a time to meet before […]
  • [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 a group relatively recently to fight for a more inclusive community here in Niles, Illinois. But the catalyst happened when the Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism and Hate saw community […]