Category Archives: community organizer

Work to End Gun Violence

Youth Art from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

C. Dionte, 4th-grade

Are you an Illinois resident looking for a quick and easy way to work for peace?  Stand with Governor Quinn by opposing the proliferation of guns.

H.B. 148, which allows individuals to carry concealed, loaded guns in most public places, is moving through the Illinois General Assembly.  This bill may be voted on any day now.

If you have 60 seconds you can contact your legislator through this convenient form: http://capwiz.com/icpgv/issues/alert/?alertid=41016511&PROCESS=Take+Action

Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun ViolenceThe Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is also a great place to learn about gun issues and how to advocate for better public policy.  At their site you can:

  • get up-to-date facts and statistics
  • see recent polling data
  • learn tactics, tips, and tools for advocacy
  • connect with resources for youth
  • receive guidelines for contacting your elected officials
  • see sample e-mails, phone scripts, and letters to the editor

Imagine if every state had an organization like ICPGV! Two other wonderful regional anti-violence organizations are WAVE in Wisconsin and Citizens for a Safer Minnesota in, you guessed it, Minnesota.

Anybody know of other top notch anti-violence or public policy advocacy organizations?


MA in Social Justice and Community Development

Community Leader at Lake And PulaskiSCUPE’s newest degree program is designed for those aspiring to affect faith-based, social transformation in communities as well as to those committed to restoring economic equity, social justice, and ecological health, especially with regard to underserved, marginalized, or exploited populations.

The degree is the MASJCD, which stands for the Masters of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development.  This cross-denominational program engages students through a faith- and values-based perspective and provides:

  • an interdisciplinary foundation in justice theories and religious social teachings
  • a comprehensive, integrated curriculum, useful for various career paths in community development and social justice
  • practical tools in community organizing, social analysis and change, communication and non-violence, advocacy in public policy, working with volunteers, grant writing, and fundraising

The best way to learn about the possibilities of this degree in your life is to attend the upcoming open house hosted by our partner institution the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago.  Here are details on this opportunity:

Loyola SCUPE IPS Open House

You can read more about the connections between social justice and community development in a recent blog posting here by MASJCD program co-director Susan Rans.

Also, stayed tuned for an upcoming SCUPE podcast with the other co-director for the program: Mary Nelson of Bethel New Life.