Through the Tenants’ Rights Hotline, Squared Away app, and organizing + advocacy efforts MTO works with over 15,000 Chicago area renters a year. Majority of the agency’s Hotline callers are women of color who are mothers and the head-of-household. They call seeking assistance to address unhealthy apartment conditions, safety issues, and to stabilize their families’ housing (and avoid landlord-tenant conflicts that may lead to an unwarranted eviction). They are learning their rights as renters and how to exercise those rights for change. They are the “[s]heroes” of their families and our communities, and inspire us all to stand against injustice.
MTO’s Annual Fundraiser is around the corner and this year’s theme is in recognition of women of color who take action to fight for housing justice and human rights, like Shirley Chisholm– an advocate for civil and human rights, as well as, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 50 years ago and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Our theme drives home a notable Chisholm quote:
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table bring a folding chair.”
Like Chisholm, MTO and our supporters are committed to building shared, collective power and responsibility through the education and empowerment of renters in need. People most impacted by decisions and policies must have seats at the decision making tables because the inclusion of their voice, expertise, and creativity is what democracy looks like. Democracy is an inclusive action that requires the time, energy, and investment of us all to create positive social change. Thank you for supporting housing justice, equity, and human rights with MTO!
Get your tickets here! Join us in celebrating the impact women of color who have not only brought their voice, brilliance, and folding chair to the decision making table, but who empower women, youth, communities of color, and everyday people to use their voice, share their brilliance, and place their chairs aside sisters at the table.
Honorees include: Pamela Silas (Alfonso); Dr. Beth E. Richie; Deborah Bennett; and Tolanda McMullen.
2018 Spring Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6 pm to 8 pm
(doors open at 5:45 pm)
2206 N. California Ave.
Chgo. IL 60647
$65 Nonprofit Employees
$60 for MTO Members
(Updated Membership Req’d for member rate)
Sponsors as of 6/1/2018
Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law
Landon Bone Baker Architects
West Town Law Office
For more info email Aisha Truss-Miller or dial 773-292-4980 ext. 236