ABOUT SAFER THROUGH UNITY
Safer Through Unity is a Rapid Action Lab launched in July 2017 by the United Way of Metro Chicago and Roller Strategies. The Lab was developed in response to safety concerns around deportations and neighborhood-level violence, and the failure to live up to the "Sanctuary City" ordinance in the City of Chicago.
The Lab is working to address the following question:
How can we work together to support children and families to be safe from violence and deportation in their neighborhoods?
Over three days, Safer Through Unity launched six teams to work on this issue. Participants came from the south and west sides of Chicago- Brighton Park, Little Village, and Austin neighborhoods.
A Rapid Action Lab is a strategy for creating immediate impact. It is designed to quickly equip and deploy teams when solutions are needed for urgent and complex social challenges.
ABOUT THIS ARCHIVE
The Safer Through Unity Archive is a documentary archive spanning the time period of June to July, 2017.
It includes materials used in the design, convening, and facilitation of the Rapid Action Lab, as well as documentation (written, photo, video) of the process and initial outcomes of the Lab.
This archive is meant to provide resources and support to other social change agents, neighborhoods, and community-based organizations who wish to design, launch or participate in a Rapid Action Lab. It may be particularly helpful for people working on Sanctuary City and migrant justice issues.