Charity Tolliver

Chicago, IL
May 2013–November 2014

Charity Tolliver will form a grassroots campaign that challenges the policies and practices that push Illinois foster youth into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Tolliver is a foster mother, writer, and spoken word artist, and former director of organizing for one of the largest and oldest organizing groups in Chicago, Southwest Youth Collaborative. In her almost two decades as an organizer, she has worked on campaigns on a broad range of issues, including fair housing, labor rights, school reform, prison reform, and LGBT youth rights. She was recently selected as one of seven activists nationwide to receive the Alston Bannerman Fellowship, given to outstanding seasoned community organizers of color. Tolliver holds a degree from DePaul University.