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African Art Pop-up Shop hosted by R.A.G.E. is Wednesday, June 21st at Hamilton Park Cultural Center from 4pm to 7pm.

During February 2017, R.A.G.E. hosted a successful African Art Pop-up Shop to celebrate Black History Month. Since then, numerous community members have been asking when we would bring back out the dashikis, wood beads, artifacts and art pieces. You asked and we listened!  The next African Pop-up Shop hosted by R.A.G.E. is popping back up this Wednesday, June 21st at Hamilton Park – 513 W. 72nd St. from 4pm to 7pm. This is a BLOWOUT SALE so you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your hands on genuine African art, accessories and clothing for LOW prices!

All proceeds will benefit the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, so come out and shop with a purpose! For more info, contact us at 866-845-1032 or email joinrage@gmail.com. Spread the word and see you there!

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Join the Resident Association of Greater Englewood for our 2nd stop of the So Fresh Saturday tour at Murray Park – 1743 W. 73rd right off 73rd & Hermitage from 3pm-7pm on Saturday, June 24th. We are taking over not 1, not 2, but 7 parks in Greater Englewood in the name of PEACE!!

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Our kick off at Lindblom Park was bananas on June 3rd and now we are headed to Murray Park for the first time since we started this tour five years ago….There will be FREE Food, Live Performances, Art, a Resource Fair and more!

So Fresh Saturday is a resident driven “edu-tainment” series that will showcase various artistic expressions and educational workshops that will focused on youth, entrepreneurship, hip hop, media, social networks, community activism, and culturally relevant history using music, film, and art! As a part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, this series is designed for all ages in an effort to create a safe space in the parks of our community!

Bring the whole family to these FREE fun-filled peaceful events in Englewood! If you are interested in performing, setting up a resource table or volunteering contact us at 866-845-1032 or email us at joinrage@gmail.com!

Whole Cities Foundation and Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) are excited to partner with the Greater Englewood community to offer the second annual Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant. This opportunity will award $2,000-$8,000 for projects that grow the local food system and increase access to fresh, healthy food in Greater Englewood.  From June 5th – July 14th, projects serving Greater Englewood residents are welcome to apply for Whole Cities’ Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant. 

Whole Cities is committed to partnering with the Greater Englewood community and will be working together with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) on a community voting campaign. Applications are due, Friday, July 14th! Below is the grant application and all the info you need to apply!

Grant Application

Start your application on Submittable by clicking here.

Please be prepared to upload the following to your application:

  • A Funding Request Form (download here)
  • An Organization Financial Statement Form (download here)
  • Your organization’s or fiscal agent’s IRS 501c3 Determination Letter
  • 3-5 media released, high-resolution photos of your work in action

Applications are due by 11:59 pm CST on Friday, July 14th. 

Download our Guidelines and Eligibility page to see if your organization is eligible to apply and to view the application timeline.

Download our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions.

In the winter of 2012, LaTanya Johnson moved to Minnesota for a fresh start. After constantly hearing about the shootings and crime happening back home in Chicago, she returned to the city just four months later with a passion to make a difference. LaTanya made it her mission to start a project that would help change her community for the better.

 

June 19, 2013, LaTanya founded her beloved organization LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood, an organization that helps keep youth safe, engaged and involved in a positive environment. The program began with five youth and now is a safe space for 35-40 young people between the ages of 5-13 years old. LaTanya’s selflessness warms the hearts of all those around her. She organizes her youth program outside of her part-time job because she believes it’s a priority to put a smile on our children’s faces.

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With no big budget funders or grants, she made LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood her labor of love with the help of community volunteers, donors, churches and parks. The organization’s summer program provides youth with art, dance and music classes, breakfast and lunch. This year, LaTanya plans to incorporate mediation and healthy eating in her summer program to show the youth throughout the community the importance of maintain a healthy lifestyle.

LaTanya’s love is not limited to youth but also extends to the Englewood community. She has been a R.A.G.E. Member since 2014, immediately becoming drawn to how the association connected her to people in her neighborhood. Not to mention, she fell in love with the idea of being kept up to date with new developments and information pertinent to the Englewood community and the myriad of events the organization sponsors. Her relationship with the organization grew and it even became a beacon of light for her. LaTanya stated that R.A.G.E. president Asiaha Butler became someone who would encourage her to never give up.

15672515_1506548276041410_701544137099185947_nWithout surprise, LaTanya was awarded the R.A.G.E 2016 Englewood Rising Award. However, she was humbled and in surprise when her name was called to receive the recognition. She proudly revealed that the award is the only certificate that she has hanging on her wall. Even though LaTanya is currently a resident of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, she expresses that “I do everything in Englewood.” She is also very involved in the work of the Englewood Quality of Life Plan including the Youth and Education Task Force and the Public Safety Task Force. LaTanya also volunteers with Voices of West Englewood, Mobile Funn, and BDM Sports and Education. LaTanya is the proud mother of four. She attended Tilden High School and began studying Child Development at Kennedy King College and hopes to go back to finish her degree one day.

LaTanya is still currently looking for a donated space to host her summer program that kicks off on June 26, 2017 with the program being ran Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm. If you want to support LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood you can donate HERE , email LaTanyaJ703@gmail.com or call 312-983-2855.

Let’s applaud our phenomenal Rising R.A.G.E. member, LaTanya Johnson!

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Come out to the Englewood QLP Public Safety Task Force Meeting this evening, June 8th at the 7th District Police Station’s Community Room – 1438 W. 63rd Street – from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. All Are Welcome! 

The Public Safety Task Force is dedicated to and focused on taking steps to create a community where neighbors respect, trust, and forgive each other in building shared accountability for a peaceful and safe environment. The Task Force currently has 73 members and is always looking for more devoted people and organizations to join forces to improve public safety in Englewood.

To learn more about our task force goals and upcoming projects come out to the Task Force meeting Today, June 8th at the 7th District Police Station’s Community Room from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

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Public Safety Task Force Champions:

  • Michelle Rashad and Asiaha Butler – Resident Association of Greater Englewood
  • Mike Tidmore – Teamwork Englewood

Contact Us: qlp-public-safety-tf@googlegroups.com

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So Fresh Saturday – June 3rd| Lindblom Park – 6054 S. Damen Ave. | 3pm – 7pm
Our 2017 summer park tour – So Fresh Saturdays – will launch on Saturday, June 3rd at Lindblom Park located at 6054 South Damen Avenue from 3pm – 7pm. For the last five years, R.A.G.E. has reclaimed the local parks in Greater Englewood to offer the public a free, family-oriented, “edutainment” festival aimed at promoting peace throughout the community. From June to September, So Fresh Saturdays will feature local talent and a variety of activities attracting more than 5,000 residents from in and outside of the Englewood community.
“R.A.G.E. is committed to making the Englewood community stronger through positive actions,” said Asiaha Butler, president of R.A.G.E. “Our annual festival series, So Fresh Saturdays, brings our community together peacefully through entertainment, education, activities, and food. It is with great pride that we provide this free event to residents who are often overwhelmed with negative ideas of what it means to be an inner-city resident of Chicago. We are excited to have this event that will not only provide peace but be a perpetual form of fellowship amongst neighbors throughout the summer.”

P7160452_july162016The kick-off event for So Fresh Saturdays on June 3, will include positive entertainment from local musicians and artists. The day will feature a community resource fair that brings together over a dozen organizations and schools that have programming and opportunities for community members. Children of all ages will take part in a variety of games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and receive complimentary food.

“Each year So Fresh Saturdays expands. When we first started, we only toured four parks reaching about 1,000 residents,” said So Fresh Saturdays’ host, Mario “Supa Dupa” Tate. “We are proud to now have seven parks as a part of the tour this year with the hopes to reach over 5,000 or more residents and non-residents of Englewood. Although we are in Englewood, So Fresh Saturdays is open to all Chicagoans who want peace in our city.” All So Fresh Saturdays events take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The full schedule is as follows:
  • June 3 – Lindblom Park – 6054 S. Damen Ave.
  • June 24 – Murray Park – 1743 W. 73rd St.
  • July 8 – Hermitage Park – 5839 S. Wood St.
  • July 22 – Moran Park – 5727 S. Racine Ave.
  • August 5 – Ogden Park – 6500 S. Racine Ave.
  • August 26 – Hamilton Park –  513 W. 72nd St.
  • September 23 – Sherwood Park – 5701 S. Shields Ave.

If you want to perform at a So Fresh Saturday please email your songs, videos, links and/or SoundCloud information to JoinRAGE@gmail.com. If you are a school, group or organization and what to secure a table at our So Fresh Saturdays’ resource fair, complete this Resource Fair Table Registration Form.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to go Like and Follow the So Fresh Saturdays Facebook Page for all the exclusive pictures, videos and updates for our 2017 So Fresh Saturdays Summer Tour!

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

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The Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) is a resident-driven organization whose mission is to mobilize residents of the community, utilizing asset-based development and innovative organizing techniques. 

For more information contact us at JoinRAGE@gmail.com or 866-845-1032.

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June is National Gun Violence Awareness month and R.A.G.E. is preparing to kick off the month by participating in the 4th Annual Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence on Thursday, June 1st. The event is held at Grant Park – Upper Hutchinson Field – 200 E. Balbo Drive starting at 5:30pm.

R.A.G.E. is very excited to represent Greater Englewood at this awesome event! The Stride for Peace Race Against Gun Violence was launched in 2014 to bring everyone — runners, business leaders, community organizations, law enforcement and youth– together to raise funds for and build awareness of community organizations that are making a difference across Chicago.

We would love for supporters of R.A.G.E. to join our team. There is a race and level for everyone! You can choose the Strides for Peace 8K or 5K Runs, 2 Mile Walk, or Tots for Peace Sprint (2-12 years old). If you can’t make it to…

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