Mental Health Advocates Picket at Health Department

Mayor Daley and Health Commissioner Terry Mason are beginning to get the point… don’t mess with STOP! Close to 150 people packed First Presbyterian Church last Thursday evening as Alderman Cochran of the 20th Ward and Health Committee Chair Alderman Ed Smith of the 28th Ward joined Health Commissioner Terry Mason to listen to testimony of patients who would be affected by the threatened closure of four southside mental health clinics. Alderman Cochran and Smith both agreed to support a city council resolution to declare an immediate indefinite moratorium on clinic closures and all three agreed to talk to Mayor Daley about setting up a meeting regarding the clinic closures with us.

See all the latest press, including new coverage from TimeOut Chicago, the Tribune, the ChiTown Daily News and Chicago Public radio at

Now is NOT the time to rest!!! We need to keep up the pressure, so please join us for another action this Thursday during your lunch break:
333 S. State
Thursday 3/19

You can meet us there or catch a bus. Buses are leaving at 10am from the Beverely/Morgan Park Clinic (1987 W. 111th st), and the Greater Grand Clinic (4314 S. Cottage Grove) and at 10:30am from the Woodlawn Clinic (6337 S. Woodlawn) and the Back of the Yards Clinic (4313 S. Ashland).

Remember, closing clinics is just another way to displace the community. These clinics are all in already under-served black and Latino communities and two of the clinics are right in the vicinity of the proposed 2016 Olympic Stadium. This is about Health Care as a Human Right. This is about displacement of communities of color. This is about stopping privatization, service cuts and gentrification. This is about YOU!

Southside Together Organizing for Power
813 E.63rd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637


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