Welcome to the Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) new website. We are glad you are here. We hope that this website will give the institutions, leaders, and residents of the Southwest Chicago community the opportunity to connect with one another, tell their stories, and build power for change in the community.

Celebrating All Kids Insurance Extension

On Friday, August 5th SWOP leaders joined with community leaders, health care providers, and elected officials from around the state to celebrate the continuation of the All Kids health insurance program.  All Kids ensures continued access to health coverage for low-income children, regardless of their immigration status.   SWOP worked hard with our elected officials to make sure they heard from families who are directly impacted by this issue.  HB5736 or “All Kids” passed with bipartisan support and changes the sunset date to October 1, 2019.  At the event, SWOP leader Carolina Rivera shared her testimony and represented the grassroots work of community organizations before both of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Iris Martinez and Representative Lisa Hernández, as well as Archbishop Blase Cupich, Senate President Cullerton, Minority Leader Jim Durkin and many other legislators.

Carolina Rivera All Kids Celebration @ St. Ignatius College Prep 8.5.16
SWOP leader Carolina Rivera tells her story at the All Kids Celebration at St. Ignatius College Prep.