The Peace and Education Coalition (PEC) develops leaders and fosters neighborhood networks that promote education, strengthen families, and build peace through social justice. Within that mission, at the request of member agencies, the Coalition Board of Directors has chosen to support local projects and act as fiscal agent as those projects develop their mission to serve the neighborhood. Below are four current local projects the Coalition accompanies by being a fiscal agent.
Amigos de la Marimba
Dreamers and Allies Run
Increase The Peace
The Back of the Yards neighborhood, on the near southwest side of Chicago, was once home to Chicago’s meatpacking industry and, when the stockyards closed in the 1970’s, the community remained home to a resilient working class community of mostly Latino and African-American families.
In many ways, the Back of the Yards epitomizes the chronicled disinvestment of the South and Westside neighborhood of Chicago and, as a result, the neighborhood experiences high rates of poverty, joblessness, many forms of violence, and a lack of genuine investment in public education.
Despite being neglected by city, county and state elected officials, the Back of the Yards is a community of dedicated and hard working people. Founded in 1997 as a 501 (c )3, the Peace and Education Coalition has a history of reaching out to network and listen to the needs of the people and accompany the legacy of the community.
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