Last Sunday, the folks at Evanston Fight for Black Lives, together with members of Etown Sunrise, held a Yard sale for Black Lives in front of Foster Park on the corner of Ashland and Simpson.
Visitors snagged art by Black artists and enjoyed thrifting and sifting to find the perfect item of clothing and treating themselves to goodies baked by Bakers Against Racism.
Artists featured at the yard sale included several members of EFBL: Maia Hadaway, Oluwaseyi Olonilua, Kennedy Freeman, Grayson Izekiel, Kaila Holland, and Seyi.
Bella Hubbard, an Etown Sunrise organizer, is a longtime thrifter and yard-sale host, so she used her access to a wide variety of clothing to resell at the event.
The organizers raised $1,500 despite the rain and then conducted a poll to decide which Black-led organizations would receive the funding. Voting ended last night.
This morning, EFBL's Mollie Hartenstein announced the winning organizations:
1) Commissary for Incarcerated Black Evanston Youth;
2) Family Focus; and
3) Assata’s Daughters.
For incarcerated Black Evanston youth, EFBL would appreciate you emailing them if you know anyone who needs support.
Family Focus Evanston, which provides a variety of services for youth and families. Located at 2010 Dewey, in Evanston's fifth ward, Family Focus provides services such as tutoring, a community closet, and a community pantry.
Assata's Daughters is a Chicago organization that was founded and is led by Black women. Based on Black Radical Tradition, Assata’s Daughters provides leadership programs, political education, and broad based community organizing.