Our work is grounded in a love for the Black community, and a commitment to seeing our people achieve their fullest human potential.
What is Blackroots Alliance?
In 2015 this group was founded with one goal in mind: organizing for Black liberation. Since then, we recognized the need for a long-term alliance that centered power building and public policy engagement in Black communities and supported Black leadership through peer learning and capacity-building support. In 2019, we formalized operations and established our mission as an organization committed to the safety and liberation of all Black people, promoting Black leadership and Black-centered community transformation as we work collectively to build socioeconomic power, heal our communities and fundamentally transform our society.
We are a capacity-building network that builds the research, leadership, communications, legal, campaign, and non-profit management capacity for institutions that share our vision for Black liberation and dig deep into the pressing issues facing our communities. We are a network with a commitment to long-term, principled struggle with one another as brothers and sisters in collective work to shift society towards greater expressions of Black Liberation.
Our mission is to support the safety and liberation of all Black people, promote Black leadership and cultivate Black-centered community transformation as we work collectively to build social, economic, and racial justice, heal our communities and fundamentally transform our society.
Our collective long-term experience, derived from different organizing methodologies coupled with the fact that all of our organizations are led by people directly impacted by the issues we are fighting, makes us uniquely qualified to do this work. With nearly 30 years of combined experience organizing Black communities in Illinois, our Alliance has a thorough and nuanced understanding of what it takes to build power in Black communities. We are one of the few groups that are able to mobilize folks from direct action and mass mobilization to policy reform and electoral accountability, marrying activism and grassroots organizing to build power.