Congrats to the Street Vendors Association of Chicago (SVAC), awardees of the Crossroads Fund Lynda J. Tipton Memorial Award for Social Justice at this year’s Virtual Seeds of Change!
SVAC fights for an inclusive economy by organizing street vendors to build political and economic power without fear of police harassment, excessive fines, and discrimination. Subsequently, SVAC led the campaign to push Chicago’s City Council to legalize street vending in 2015. Further, SVAC played a crucial role in the passing of the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act, which enables worker-owned cooperatives to register as business organizations in Illinois. SVAC provides a sustainable model and structures for an equitable economy and development in communities experiencing racial wealth divides and active disinvestment.
Interviewee — Carmen Nava, Member, Street Vendors Association of Chicago
Written, Directed, & Produced by Caullen Hudson
Crossroads Fund Associates — Ed Vogel & Emmanuel Garcia
Crossroads Intern & Production Assistant — Alexis Sanchez Boyzo
Field Director — David A. Moran
Cinematography by Dakota Sillyman
Drone Photography by Edwin Diaz