The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is a broad-based coalition of community organizations committed to making our neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability, and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves.
Member Organizations Include: Churches United, Communities United, Community Renewal Society, Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), Lugenia Burns Hope Center, Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE), Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside), Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), TARGET Area Development Corporation, United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO), Westside Health Authority.
GAPA groups touch more than 30 wards, including neighborhoods that are most directly affected by violence and police brutality, misconduct, and harassment. GAPA works to ensure that directly impacted community members – especially those in marginalized communities that are most affected by police misconduct – are deeply engaged in informing and advancing lasting solutions.
GAPA came together in the summer of 2016, in direct response to the Police Accountability Task Force’s recommendation to develop a Community Safety Oversight Board, allowing the community to have a powerful platform and role in the police oversight system. “If the community board is to earn the legitimacy it requires and deserves, its precise powers and makeup should not be set by the task force, but should be developed with broad public input,” the report states.
We are committed to an ongoing process of community participation and education that mobilizes community members and engages them in making meaningful change related to police accountability and improving community-police relations, all for the purpose of creating safer communities and a more just system.