Take Action: Training, Book Recommendations & What Is happening Around Town

We have learned very much over the last three years and are encouraged by the continued support from the community. Though we remain focused on correcting the racial inequities in District 65 schools,  we realize that there are many other needs and areas of concern - we support them all. In an effort to support people and issues we have produced these resources that you may find helpful including information on other local efforts. 

Letter to Concern to District 65 (2017-18 School Year)

On August 21, OPAL (along with NorthShore Chapter of NAACP & Bethel Baptist Church) presented a letter of concern to the District 65 School Board. As done in previous years, OPAL has identified four areas of concern that  are contributing to racial disparities in Evanston;

  • JEH Early Learning Center (the District 65 preschool);
  • Hiring & Retention of African American Teaching Staff;
  • The (newly implemented) K-3 Literacy Framework; and
  • The African Centered Curriculum (ACC) Program at Oakton Elementary (this is a recent addition to our agenda, and was not included in the August letter)

The entire letter can be read here.

We are asking that community members sign-on as supporters if this agenda to show the district that we are ALL concerned with the racial inequities in our schools.
Click here to show your support.

On September 5th, OPAL received a response letter Dr. Goren, read that letter here.

January Newsletter

Due to the size of this months newsletter, it can not be posted on our site. Please use this link for access.

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What's Important to you!

Thank you for your input on our Voter Engagement survey. We have attached the written responses to the question, "If OPAL could change two things in Evanston, what would they be?". We appreciate the honest responses and while all the suggestions are not within our reach, we are hopeful that with your help, we can make Evanston an Equitable City. 

Click Here for Survey Responses

1000 Doors! Our Summer Campaign

We are still looking for help accomplishing our goal of connecting 1000 people in Evanston!
Click Here for a script to guide your conversation, a voter registration card in English (Click here for Spanish. Please email us (engage@opalevanston.com) to pick up any completed cards
Need OPAL Flyers, Postcards, or have questions? email us


OPAL Proposed Racial Equity Statement

On Tuesday, April 18th, OPAL proposed that the District 65 School Board adopt a Racial Equity Policy statement. In addition to an Equity Statement we proposed revising the goals of the strategic plan to ensure that race and equity are key in the implementation of the plan over the next 5 years. 

The Daily Northwestern covered the meeting, you can read the story here

OPAL's Racial Equity Policy can be read here

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Let's Hit the Streets for Foxx

Cook County needs a new State's Attorney! Your vote in Tuesday's primary race is vital if we want to ensure that Kim Foxx is elected. Anita Alvarez has not only delayed prosecution in the LaQuan McDonald case but cases here in Evanston have been left un-prosecuted by Alvarez as well.

Join us THIS Saturday as we go door-to-door to encourage our neighbors to vote for Kim Foxx! If you cannot join us Saturday, shot us an email so that we can get you a yard sign!

Vote. Participate. Serve.