Brave Space Alliance is a vehicle to empower and elevate queer and trans voices, particularly those belonging to people of color, to allow our communities a seat at the table on key decision making processes that impact the community of Chicago.
As per their website:
Mission: Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.
Strategic Priorities: Health and Wellness – We view health and wellness as broad concepts, reaching far beyond getting tested or focusing on medical services. Queer and trans people face unique barriers to living full, healthy lives. We break down these barriers by offering programs that focus on the needs in our community, such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, and economic justice.
Visibility and Expansion: We want Black and Brown queer and trans people to be seen, wherever and however they want to be seen. And we know our community deserves services that are accessible to them, in the neighborhoods in which they live. Brave Space is striving to expand our programming to all parts of the South and West sides; if you are located there and want to partner with us, please reach out!
Bravery and Solidarity: We step away from the language of safety, because we know that queer and trans people can never truly be safe in spaces and communities that are not of our own making. We instead emphasize bravery-- living one’s fullest, truest, and best life in the face of oppression-- and solidarity as ideals for the longevity of our communities and the best hopes for queer and trans liberation.
FROM JT JOHNSON, CRISIS PANTRY PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
Our sponsored pantries are at our office (1515 E 52nd Place), Project Vida (2659 S Kedvale Ave), and Montrose (3248 W Montrose Ave). These locations distribute food to members of the community.
We also partner with businesses that collect donations from their customers on our behalf. Please note that food is NOT redistributed at sites that are not listed as one of our pantry sites stated above. The donations stored at our partner business locations are collected and brought back to BSA for inventory before being redistributed based on the stated need.
The donation pod system was created to encourage people to donate consistently so we can have a dependable supply resource for our network of pantries. Furthermore, these pods will enable us to redirect specific resources to our pantry site locations based on their individual needs.
The pods are also intended to bypass the necessity of collection from business partners. With that being said, deliveries will ONLY be made to one of our designated pantry locations. Please note that the pantry site you are assigned to may not always be the same. It will change depending on the needs at the time of your donation.
As pods, you all can reach out to me when you are ready to purchase pantry items and make a delivery. When you reach out, please provide the amount of money that was raised and what day you'll be able to deliver all purchased items to one of our designated pantry locations. Based on how much you are able to fundraise, I will respond with a specific list of items to purchase and the pantry location to deliver them to. Once that has been determined you will be responsible for making the delivery and confirming with me via email on your delivery date. When you send your confirmation email, send along any receipts or proof of purchase for our records.