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We are here...inventing the future!

Welcome to Community Alliance & Action Network...“We are here...” for you!

We are an LGBTQ organization that provides advocacy, support, and outreach services for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer community, and our allies, in Joliet, IL and the surrounding area. Our Mission is to build community and personal alliances to better the quality of life of all no matter the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expressions. We provide education, and advocacy, to celebrate our diversity, and to inform others about issues affecting our lives.
 
We don't believe in the status quo. We believe in equality for everyone!

Let's connect!:

Because of the outcome of the federal elections LGBTQ people, immigrants, latinx, black, disabled, and women are afraid of losing rights we had gained. The LGBTQ community never had full civil rights but we had been making progress. None of us know what the future holds but what is known is that we still have a voice. We can speak up when we see or hear of threats on anyone's liberty. We can intervene if it is safe to do so. We cannot let the radicalized right in our neighborhoods steal our power because they now feel emboldened. Your safety is paramount. Call 911. Protect yourself, your friends, your family.
Joliet Councilwoman-At-Large Jan Quillman and Joliet Deputy Chief Alan Roechner will assist with any incidents. Feel free to contact Councilwoman Jan Quillman at janquillman@att.net. Contact Alan Roechner the Deputy Chief of Investigations at (815) 726-2491 or you may use the online form https://jolietpolice.org/contact-us/ CAAN will be tracking incidents of discrimination. If you have had any type of incident because of your orientation, gender, gender expression, ethnicity, race, or disability please call us at 815-726-7906 or e-mail us at info@caanmidwest.org. We can assist you in making a report to Jan Quillman or the police department.
Respect of others beliefs and the right to express them is what democracy looks like. Let's work to create a community that celebrates diversity. It is our strength. We don't have to think alike in order to work together on common goals. We all want water, food, shelter, good health, and jobs.

Modern History:

June 28, 1969 the police were doing their typical raid on a gay bar. The Stonewall Inn in New York City was a gay bar that drag queens, trans men, trans women, and prostitutes patronized, and where homeless trans/gay/lesbian youth loitered around. Being gay was against the law. The cops were doing their job conducting yet another raid on this gay bar but this time the paddy wagons were late. The sight of arrested patrons waiting on the sidewalk drew a crowd from around the community and sparks flew. Frightened cops withdrew into the Inn surrounded by angry LGBTQ people. Police action saved the cops but the riots lasted a few days. Within two years from June 28, 1969 there were LGBTQ organizations not only in every major U.S. city but around the planet. Now same sex marriage is the law of the land. People of the LGBTQ community are in every race, and class. We have every ability, and disability. We are of every age. Our community must be safe for all of us.

The Future is Here.

hate costsThe future is here and it looks too much like the past. Join with CAAN to begin the conversation that forges a way to create a Safe Community for All. It cannot be legislated, history has proven this. It begins in our hearts.

Take the Survey.

We are collecting a discrimination survey to find out what your experience is as a member of the LGBTQ community in Joliet. It is a quick, simple, 10 question survey. You can take it now, just click the link here. En Espanol, haga clic en el enlace aquí.
 
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