SWOP organizes to build a collective voice and pursue actions that “stand for the whole” in Southwest Chicago. Our best information to date indicates that the Covid-19 pandemic requires strategic actions that run counter to our usual practices, but which we must begin to implement immediately and at scale in order to protect the health and well being of all of our community members.
Effective March 16th, 2020 the SWOP office will be closed until further notice, and SWOP staff will be working from their homes. All SWOP group actions have been postponed until further notice.
We are encouraging all who are able, to step back, stay in, and practice physical distancing from others in order to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 virus. This action is an opportunity, in this uncertain and difficult time, to lead by example.
We also know that many in our community will be economically impacted by closures or unable to step back because of the nature of their work. We urge all employers to lead with generosity and those who can to provide continued economic support to their workers, and that all of us look for practical and creative ways to support them.
Finally, please do not hesitate to be in contact with SWOP staff. We are still working and organizing for the common good in Southwest Chicago. Let’s pursue that work with the imagination, will, and strategic thinking commensurate with the challenges we face.