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Building Power Campaign

Kiara Hardin (2022 Fellow)

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Building Power Campaign is a political podcast focused on contemporary politics and current events through the voices and viewpoints of Black and Latino Chicago residents.The goal is to utilize the podcast to spark strategic policy change within the local and state government through collaborative, reflective community-led solutions.

The Why

Health gaps between Black, Latino, and White households reveal the visceral effects of inequity and discrimination since the beginning of this nation.

Gaps in the social determinants of health between Black, Latino, and White households reveal the effects of inequity and discrimination; as well as, differences in power and opportunity that can be traced back to the beginning of this nation.

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The Collaborators

Any organization or company operating within Black and Latino communities. Including, but not limited to, NotMeWe, ChicagoVotes, Black Roots Alliance, South East Chicago Commission and more.

Any organization or company operating with or in Black and Latino communities. Some of the groups The Campaign hopes to connect with include NotMeWe, Chicago Votes, Black Roots Alliance, South East Chicago Commission, Chicago Urban League, South Side Community Reparations Coalition, and Westside Rising!

The How

We will host interactive listening sessions to ask participants questions focused on the social determinants of health, issues concerning their communities, and possible solutions.

Rooted in collective learning, listening, and action, Power Building Campaign aims to equip residents to be the essential ingredient to the community infrastructure. This is done by using interactive listening sessions to ask participants a series of questions focused on the social determinants of health, which are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age. They include a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. We then discuss general issues they have concerning their communities and what they believe can be possible solutions.

The Outcomes

The podcast connects current legislation with the concerns residents discuss and provides resources and advocacy groups to connect with.

The podcast highlights, or connects, current ordinances, policies, legislation, etc. in the atmosphere relating to the concerns residents may have. If nothing currently exists, we explore their possible solutions and how they may come to fruition while also providing resources and advocacy groups folks can connect with. This project will begin spring/summer 2023 with the release of the first podcast in fall 2023.

The CUE Influence

The CUE Fellowship aided my understanding of civic trauma and generative conflict, two frameworks in my project plan.

The CUE Fellowship helped move my project by aiding in my understanding of civic trauma, the ethnocultural factors that play an important role in an individual’s vulnerability to experience and express traumatic stress, and generative conflict, creating functional disagreements in order to enhance creativity and constructive change. The Building Power Alliance prioritizes the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks (social determinants of health); and generates/identifies conflict around the political issues of the "average" Chicagoan.