The UIC Urban Forum is pleased to announce the 2015 Urban Forum Civic Engagement Action Project Award has been granted to the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago for “The Building Blocks Experiment: Addressing Health, Energy and Environmental Inequalities through a Social Justice Lens.”
In partnership with the UIC Urban Forum, The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) and The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) opened up a call for proposals to partner with a project that engages residents to develop healthy, sustainable, and vibrant urban environments. The Center for Public Safety and Justice has been selected to receive funding for its work that engages residents through a substantive or collective decision-making role in helping to reestablish the urban social contract. “The Building Blocks Experiment: Addressing Health, Energy and Environmental Inequalities through a Social Justice Lens” will develop a better understanding by stakeholders of “how the environment and lack of resources can not only cause isolation and poor health, but also influence decision making relating to public safety.” The project will also produce meaningful dialogue and the building of authentic relationships between elected officials, criminal justice stakeholders and those who’ve been affected in health, energy, and environmental inequities.
The Center for Public Safety and Justice will present “The Building Blocks Forum: Restorative Approaches to Public Safety” Project on October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room 750 S Halsted Street. Flyer attached.