Justice Teams in several of our communities are taking off! All are working to provide "best practice" resources to municipalities, engage our partners and increase civic engagement among the teams.

All are welcome to the upcoming Northbrook meeting on Tuesday, December 6 at 9am for
Listening to Our Communities: A training on conducting one-on-one meetings with targeted members of our community.


Evanston: Wed 11/30, 3pm, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. 
Highland Park
Morton Grove
Northbrook: Tues 12/6, 9am-12pm, Northbrook United Methodist Church, 1190 Western Ave.
Park Ridge

For more details about the Justice Team in your community, contact Ted Smukler
(847) 501-5760 x402 or ted@open-communities.org


The Deerfield Justice Team is working on affordable housing and education.


The Evanston Justice Team is creating a coalition of partners to ignite collaboration.

The team is also: 

  • discussing a potential "organizing the organizers" event
  • collaborating with Citizens Greener Evanston to "Make Evanston the Most Livable City – For Everyone"


Glencoe Justice Team's key issues are:

  • Representation of race
  • Integration of refugees 
  • Gun responsibility
  • Senior housing and affordable housing

Highland Park/Highwood

The Highland Park Justice Team is continuing efforts to bring a Curt's Cafe-like resource into the community.

The team is looking for:

  • faith leaders to get involved
  • a site
  • fundraising for the initiative


Lincolnwood is in the process of creating their own Justice Team rather than being combined with Skokie.

Morton Grove

The Morton Grove Justice Team is planning an interfaith walk for September 24, 2016. Details forthcoming.


Following a spirited discussion, the Northbrook Justice Team is moving forward with:

  • New affordable, fully accessible housing development. 
  • Interfaith “walk” or other multi-congregation awareness-raising event in support of people with disabilities. 
  • Push for an inclusive, mixed-income development at 1000 Skokie Boulevard: We adamantly do not want to see a “campus of exclusivity” (to borrow Northbrook Plan Commissioner Steve Elisco’s phrase). Instead, we want to work pro-actively to ensure that the Village of Northbrook employs its own Comprehensive Plan goals on “housing, neighborhoods and diversity” in shaping development at that site. To that end, we plan to:
    • Organize a facilitated community forum, modeled after Skokie’s Community Forum of November 2014, to identify community needs and aspirations that could be furthered at this site.
    • Reach out to other stakeholders in the Village, including neighbors, the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, and congregations to invite them to join in this process.
    • Encourage neighbors to sign the Invest Taxpayer Funds Wisely at 1000 Skokie in Northbrook petition.

Learn more about the development at 1000 Skokie Blvd here >


Park Ridge

In partnership with the Park Ridge Housing Initiative (PRHI), the Team is in the procress of obtaining a house in Park Ridge that will be affordable to a family earning less than the area median income (AMI). Our goal is to raise awareness of the need we have right here in our community for lower priced housing.


The Skokie Justice Team is working on “integrating our diversity,” as described at the Skokie Community Forum of 2014.

The Team decided to aim for “integration” in which the varied cultures of our community can be celebrated and together contribute to a new culture for all. 

The Skokie Justice Team is:

  1. connecting with the Niles Township Parents’ ELL Center and PLUS (Parent Leaders Uniting Schools) as models for empowering immigrants.
  2. aiming to make our Boards and Commissions inclusive, diverse, and transparent. The team is working to strengthen the League of Women Voters (LWV) presence in Skokie by increasing membership in the League and forming a LWV observer corps.
  3. exploring the idea of creating a community garden as a way to celebrate and bring together different cultures. 
  4. joining community conversations and actions for diversity and against racism. The team will join the Stand Against Racism contigent on April 29.
  5. countering the gun range in Niles


The Wilmette Justice Team is working on getting the proposed affordable housing project on Wilmette Avenue approved by the Village Board. The final plan is now being decided with input from the community. Details on Wilmette Cares website >