A Bit of Background

The Southwest Suburban Activists (SWSA) work on social justice and equality issues that impact communities in the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago while striving to elect folks who support these initiatives.


Our events include educational forums, protests, social gatherings, meet and greets with candidates and elected officials, and fundraisers for area non-profits.

The group started in 2017 with just ten people in Emily Biegel's kitchen and has grown to an organization of over 600 members.

In the past two and a half years, we have held candidate forums, vigils, three Women’s March events, multiple art shows, an Equality March for Unity and Pride, and a March for Our Lives and Families Belong Together protest. We also fundraised to save our local VFW, coordinated #PrideFestMokena, participated in community clean-up days, hosted fundraisers for the Crisis Center of South Suburbia, volunteered on campaigns, organized rapid response fundraising/outreach events, and mobilized to hold elected officials accountable.


We are committed to elevating our communities, sharing ideas, and following through on acts of resistance. We are stronger together. Join us!

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