Gail Schechter

Illinois, USA

(Level I – 2016)

Gail SchechterI am a pioneer in adapting grassroots organizing strategies that have typically been employed in disadvantaged neighborhoods to neighborhoods of all types. I have been a leader in tenant and community organizing, fair and affordable housing advocacy, discrimination investigation, public school funding reform, and public policy research and development since 1984. For 22 years until April 2016, I was at the helm of Open Communities in Chicago’s northern suburbs. I memorialized its long history in the new anthology, The Chicago Freedom Movement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North. I am eager to further my pursuit of nonviolent strategies for social change.