Women and Girls Collective Action Network Records

Dates: 2004-2011
Size: 6 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number C00049
Provenance: This collection was donated by former WGCAN staff members in September 2010.
Access: No restrictions. Researchers, please request this material 24 hours in advance of use.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Women and Girls Collective Action Network Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Processed by CLIR funded Black Metropolis Research Consortium “Color Curtain Processing Project.” By T.J. Szafranski and Dominique Fuqua, January 10, 2013.

Historical Note

The Women and Girls Collective Action Network (WGCAN) was established in Chicago, Illinois in August 2004 as an organization dedicated to ceasing violence and social injustices against women and girls. Over time, the organization broadened its reach, serving as a community center that combined individual transformation and self-care with social activism. WGCAN provided training, resources and programs to strengthen connections across communities and promote collective action. In 2005, WGCAN launched its first initiative, Females United For Action (FUFA), a female-led coalition that focused on healing, consciousness-raising, and transformative social change. WCGAN helped release two analytical reports, Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence (2007), and Status of Girls in Illinois (2009). From 2004-2010, Melissa Spatz served as WGCAN’s founding Executive Director. The organization closed in 2011.

Scope and Content

The Women and Girls Collective Action Network records span from 2004 to 2011 and contain documents pertaining to the internal workings of the organization as well as material created for and during their public projects and programs. Documents include meeting minutes, correspondence, flyers, research, workshop exercises, statistical reports and surveys. The records also include a collection of photographs from “Alternative Windows,” a Females United For Action (FUFA) project that exhibited photographs taken by local teenagers depicting positive images of women.

Arrangement/Series Description

The records are arranged into two series, “Administrative” and “Programs.”

Series 1: Administrative, 2004-2011

This series contains documents related to the formation of the Women and Girls Collective Action Network, board meetings, training workshops and conferences. Most workshops and training sessions were led by WGCAN’s executive director, Melissa Spatz. The series is arranged by type of material and chronologically within each type.

Series 2: Programs, 2004-2009

This series contains material related to the various programs and projects spearheaded by the Women and Girls Collection Action Network (WGCAN), including programs coordinated by Females United For Action (FUFA). Programs represented include WCGAN’s 2005 summit, Breaking Down Barriers; the Community Accountability Project, which aimed to find innovative approaches to end violence against women; FUFA’s 25 Pegaditas campaign, which resulted in the removal of sexist advertisements from Chicago’s Latin Music radio station La Ley; and Alternative Windows, a photographic exhibit organized by FUFA. The series also contains documents pertaining to two reports that the organization helped produce, Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence (2007), and Status of Girls in Illinois (2009). The series is arranged chronologically by program.

Subject Headings

  • Women and Girls Collective Action Network
  • Females United For Action
  • Spatz, Melissa
  • Ley (Radio Station : Chicago, Ill.)
  • Teenage Girls — Violence Against — Illinois — Chicago
  • Feminism — Illinois — Chicago

Container List

Series 1: Administrative, 2004-2011

Box 1 Folder 1 Articles of Incorporation, 2007 August 7
Box 1 Folder 2 By-laws, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Tax exemption, 2007 August 7
Box 1 Folder 4 Fundraising and board meetings, 2005-2006
Box 1 Folder 5 Board meetings, 2007
Box 1 Folder 6 Board meetings, 2008
Box 1 Folder 7 Board meetings, 2009
Box 1 Folder 8 Board meetings, 2010-2011
Box 1 Folder 9 Training – Casa Segura, 2004 July
Box 1 Folder 10 Training – Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, 2004 August
Box 1 Folder 11 Training – Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 2004 November
Box 1 Folder 12 Training – Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, 2004 December 13
Box 1 Folder 13 Training – Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health Staff, 2004 December
Box 1 Folder 14 Training – Mikva’s Young Women’s Leadership Council, 2004 December
Box 1 Folder 15 Training – Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, 2005 March
Box 1 Folder 16 Training – Women and Girls’ Leadership Project, 2005 July
Box 1 Folder 17 Training – Mikva Challenge, I Dream a City youth conference, 2005 November 4
Box 1 Folder 18 Training – Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 2006 April 10
Box 1 Folder 19 Training – Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, 2006 October 11
Box 1 Folder 20 Training – Facilitation, 2006 November 30
Box 1 Folder 21 Training – Turning Ideas into Action, 2008 March 15, 2008 April 19
Box 1 Folder 22 Training – Transgender, 2008 May 6
Box 1 Folder 23 Conferences – Incite White Allies group, 2004 November 29
Box 1 Folder 24 Conferences – Family Violence Prevention Fund, Building Common Ground, 2004 November
Box 1 Folder 25 Conferences – Women, Action and Media, 2006 March
Box 1 Folder 26 Conferences – Alinsky Centennial, 2009
Box 1 Folder 27 Flyers and brochures from WGCAN office, 2010

Series 2: Programs, 2004-2009

Box 2 Folder 1 Girls’ Summit – General planning, 2004-2005
Box 2 Folder 2 Girls’ Summit – Planning meetings, 2004 December 8 - 2005 February 19
Box 2 Folder 3 Girls’ Summit – Initial invites, 2004 December 17
Box 2 Folder 4 Girls’ Summit – Invites and materials, 2004 November – 2005 February
Box 2 Folder 5 Girls’ Summit – Invitation letters, 2005 January
Box 2 Folder 6 Girls’ Summit – Flyers, 2005 February
Box 2 Folder 7 Girls’ Summit – Completed registration forms, 2005 February
Box 2 Folder 8 Girls’ Summit – Evaluation, 2005 February
Box 2 Folder 9 Girls’ Summit – Workshops, 2005 February
Box 2 Folder 10 Girls’ Summit – Breaking Down Barriers, 2005 February 26
Box 2 Folder 11 Girls’ Summit – Breaking Down Barriers, 2005 February 26
Box 2 Folder 12 Girls’ Summit – Breaking Down Barriers, Spanish, 2005 February 26
Box 2 Folder 13 Girls’ Summit – Breaking Down Barriers, large print, 2005 February 26
Box 2 Folder 14 Girls’ Summit – Evaluation, 2005 March 2
Box 2 Folder 15 Community Accountability – Brainstorm meeting, 2005 April 9
Box 2 Folder 16 Community Accountability – Mimi Kim visit, 2005 November 15
Box 2 Folder 17 Community Accountability – Background, 2006
Box 2 Folder 18 Community Accountability – Meeting, 2006 May 19
Box 2 Folder 19 Community Accountability – Beyond Shelters: Creating Sustainable Alternatives for Domestic Violence Agencies, 2006 September 8
Box 2 Folder 20 Community Accountability – Beyond Shelters 2: Alternatives to the Traditional Shelter System, 2007 February 23
Box 2 Folder 21 Community Accountability – Social service and organizing, 2007 June 8
Box 2 Folder 22 Community Accountability – International Movement to End Violence Against Women, planning meeting, 2008 March 5
Box 2 Folder 23 Community Accountability – Transforming Organizations Initiative project statement, 2008
Box 2 Folder 24 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2006 August 21
Box 2 Folder 25 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2007 January 10
Box 2 Folder 26 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2007 February 2
Box 2 Folder 27 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2007 March 30
Box 2 Folder 28 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2007 May 17
Box 2 Folder 29 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2008 February 27
Box 2 Folder 30 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2008 October 10
Box 2 Folder 31 Community Accountability – Planning group, 2008 November 11
Box 2 Folder 32 Community Accountability – Call to action, 2008
Box 2 Folder 33 Community Accountability – Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence conference, 2009 April
Box 2 Folder 34 Community Accountability – Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence conference, 2009 April
Box 3 Folder 1 New York Trip – General, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 2 New York Trip – Domestic Worker’s United, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 3 New York Trip – Community Voices Heard, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 4 New York Trip – Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 5 New York Trip – Connect, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 6 New York Trip – Sylvia Riviera Law project, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 7 New York Trip – Voices of Women Organizing project, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 8 New York Trip – Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment, 2005 May
Box 3 Folder 9 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 May 17
Box 3 Folder 10 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 June 21
Box 3 Folder 11 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 July 20
Box 3 Folder 12 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 August 24
Box 3 Folder 13 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 September 21
Box 3 Folder 14 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 November 4
Box 3 Folder 15 Females United For Action – Original documents, 2005 November 4
Box 3 Folder 16 Females United For Action – Street harassment, 2005
Box 3 Folder 17 Females United For Action – Teen dating violence, 2005
Box 3 Folder 18 Females United For Action – Reading packets, 2005
Box 3 Folder 19 Females United For Action – Reading packets, large font, 2005
Box 4 Folder 1 Females United For Action – Reading packets, large font, 2005
Box 4 Folder 2 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2005 December 9
Box 4 Folder 3 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 January 4
Box 4 Folder 4 Females United For Action – Reading packets, 2006 January
Box 4 Folder 5 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 March 30
Box 4 Folder 6 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 March 30
Box 4 Folder 7 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 April 5
Box 4 Folder 8 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 April 28
Box 4 Folder 9 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 May 19
Box 4 Folder 10 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 July 12
Box 4 Folder 11 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 July 31
Box 4 Folder 12 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 August 14
Box 4 Folder 13 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 September 11
Box 4 Folder 14 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 October 23
Box 4 Folder 15 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2006 December 18
Box 4 Folder 16 Females United For Action – Street harassment cards, Undated
Box 5 Folder 1 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2007 January 23
Box 5 Folder 2 Females United For Action – Agenda, 2007 March 20
Box 5 Folder 3 Females United For Action – Grant writing training, 2007 April
Box 5 Folder 4 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2007 April 17
Box 5 Folder 5 Females United For Action – Meeting, 2007 May 15
Box 5 Folder 6 Females United For Action – CORE meeting, 2007 October 4
Box 5 Folder 7 Females United For Action – Females CORE meeting, 2007 December 12
Box 5 Folder 8 Females United For Action – SPIN media toolkit: Who’s Media? Our Media!, 2008 October 8
Box 5 Folder 9 Females United For Action – Alternative Windows reading packet, Undated
Box 5 Folder 10 Females United For Action – Alternative Windows reading packet, Undated
Box 5 Folder 11 Females United For Action – Blog writings, Undated
Box 5 Folder 12 Females United For Action – Flyers, Undated
Box 5 Folder 13 Females United For Action – Overprotective mother sketch, Undated
Box 5 Folder 14 Females United For Action – Art for flyers, Undated
Box 5 Folder 15 Females United For Action – Notes and sketches, Undated
Box 5 Folder 16 Females United For Action – Sketches, Undated
Box 5 Folder 17 Females United For Action – If My Mirror Could Talk responses, Undated
Box 5 Folder 18 Females United For Action – Debrief notes, Undated
Box 5 Folder 19 Females United For Action – Understanding sexism and transphobia zine, Undated
Box 5 Folder 20 Females United For Action – Identity exercise, Undated
Box 6 Folder 1 Females United For Action Retreat – General, 2006 January 21
Box 6 Folder 2 Females United For Action Retreat – English petition, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 3 Females United For Action Retreat – Spanish petition, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 4 Females United For Action Retreat – Large font petition, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 5 Females United For Action Retreat – Flyer, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 6 Females United For Action Retreat – Media final handout, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 7 Females United For Action Retreat – Media training, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 8 Females United For Action Retreat – Outreach, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 9 Females United For Action Retreat – General, 2007 February 17
Box 6 Folder 10 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – La Ley, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 11 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Jeff Shrinsky correspondence, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 12 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Petition given to La Ley, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 13 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – English flyer, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 14 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Spanish flyer, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 15 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – La Ley visit, 2006 January 5
Box 6 Folder 16 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Strategy chart, 2006 January
Box 6 Folder 17 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Spanish broadcasting system letter, 2006 March 8
Box 6 Folder 18 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Planning meeting, 2006 April 10
Box 6 Folder 19 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – La Ley meeting, 2006 April 10
Box 6 Folder 20 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Flyer, 2006
Box 6 Folder 21 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Spanish broadcasting system letter, 2006 June 8
Box 6 Folder 22 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Chicago Tribune article, 2006 January 23
Box 6 Folder 23 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – Poster, 2006
Box 6 Folder 24 Females United For Action, 25 Pegaditas – La Ley, 2007 February 1
Box 6 Folder 25 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Research project meetings, 2006 June
Box 6 Folder 26 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Initial letters, 2006 July-August
Box 6 Folder 27 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Forms and other group information, 2006
Box 6 Folder 28 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Interview transcripts, 2007
Box 6 Folder 29 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Planning group, 2008 April 10
Box 6 Folder 30 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Planning group, 2008 June 18
Box 6 Folder 31 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – “Mary Scott Boria” and “FUFA Interview 9-26-07,” cassette tapes, 2007
Box 6 Folder 32 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – Final report, 2007 December
Box 6 Folder 33 Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence report – “Susan Nussbaum – Access Living,” cassette tape, Undated
Box 7 Folder 1 Females United For Action, Work With Young Men – Hip hop research, 2006 May 19
Box 7 Folder 2 Females United For Action, Work With Young Men – Young men’s research, 2006
Box 7 Folder 3 Females United For Action, Work With Young Men – Men’s groups articles, 2006
Box 7 Folder 4 Females United For Action, Work With Young Men – Meeting, 2007 June 9
Box 7 Folder 5 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Notes, 2006
Box 7 Folder 6 Females United For Action, Loving Hip Hop – Beyond beats and rhymes article, 2006 August 14
Box 7 Folder 7 Females United For Action, Loving Hip Hop – Extra newspaper article, 2006 November 23
Box 7 Folder 8 Females United For Action, Loving Hip Hop – General, 2006 December 2
Box 7 Folder 9 Females United For Action, Loving Hip Hop – Large font flyers, 2006
Box 7 Folder 10 Females United For Action, Loving Hip Hop – Handouts, 2006
Box 7 Folder 11 Females United For Action, Loving Hip Hop – Press articles, 2006
Box 7 Folder 12 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Conference, 2007 February 10
Box 7 Folder 13 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Media and gender, 2007 February 13
Box 7 Folder 14 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Media justice 101, 2007 August 14
Box 7 Folder 15 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Deconstructing media, 2007 November
Box 7 Folder 16 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Alternative teen group, 2007 November 15
Box 7 Folder 17 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Girlworld, 2007 December 5
Box 7 Folder 18 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – Who owns what, 2007
Box 7 Folder 19 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – T.H.I.N.K. workshop, 2008 February 14
Box 7 Folder 20 Females United For Action, Workshop on Media Justice – National Conference for Media Reform, 2008 June
Box 8 Folder 1 Federal Communications Commission Hearings – Indecency laws, 2007 February
Box 8 Folder 2 Federal Communications Commission Hearings – Leaders, 2007 April
Box 8 Folder 3 Federal Communications Commission Hearings – Hearing, 2007 September
Box 8 Folder 4 Federal Communications Commission Hearings – Press release, 2007
Box 8 Folder 5 Federal Communications Commission Hearings – Indecency studies research, 2007
Box 8 Folder 6 Paving New Roads Conference – Planning meetings, 2007 September
Box 8 Folder 7 Paving New Roads Conference – Press release from DePaul University, 2007 November 21
Box 8 Folder 8 Paving New Roads Conference – Evaluations, 2007 December 1
Box 8 Folder 9 Paving New Roads Conference – Melissa Spatz, 2007 December 1
Box 8 Folder 10 Paving New Roads Conference – Large font conference documents, 2007 December 1
Box 8 Folder 11 Paving New Roads Conference – Sign in, 2007 December 1
Box 8 Folder 12 Gloria Awards – Article, 2007
Box 8 Folder 13 Action Team – Conscious crafts, 2008 February 14
Box 8 Folder 14 Action Team – Meeting, 2008 February 28
Box 8 Folder 15 Action Team – Meeting, 2008 April 3
Box 8 Folder 16 Action Team – Finished surveys, 2008
Box 8 Folder 17 Action Team – Youth media justice petition, 2008
Box 8 Folder 18 Females United For Action – Critical Resistance Conference, September 2008
Box 8 Folder 19 Females United For Action – Protest in front of Stroger hospital, 2008 November 4
Box 8 Folder 20 Females United For Action – (Un)Chain letters workshop, 2008 November
Box 8 Folder 21 Status of Girls Report – General, 2008
Box 8 Folder 22 Status of Girls Report – Summary, 2008
Box 8 Folder 23 Status of Girls Report – CURL meetings, 2008
Box 8 Folder 24 Status of Girls Report – Steering committee meetings, 2008 November
Box 8 Folder 25 Status of Girls Report – Phase 2, 2009
Box 8 Folder 26 Status of Girls Report – Steering committee meetings, 2009 January 8
Box 8 Folder 27 Status of Girls Report – Emergency and technical assistance fund, 2009 May
Box 8 Folder 28 Status of Girls Report – Agreement between Women and Girls Coalition Network and Loyola University, 2009 July 23
Box 8 Folder 29 Status of Girls Report – Final report, 2009
Box 9 Folder 1 Anti White Supremacy Initiative – Sign in, 2008 December 9
Box 9 Folder 2 Anti White Supremacy Initiative – Meeting, 2009 January 22
Box 9 Folder 3 Anti White Supremacy Initiative – Research, Undated
Box 9 Folder 4 Females United For Action Protest – Gallery 37 Protest, 2008
Box 9 Folder 5 Transformative Justice Teach-In – Meeting, 2009 February 12
Box 9 Folder 6 Transformative Justice Teach-In – Meeting, 2009 May 6
Box 9 Folder 7 Transformative Justice Teach-In – General, 2009 June 6
Box 9 Folder 8 Transformative Justice Teach-In – General, 2009 June 6
Box 9 Folder 9 Transformative Justice Teach-In – Feedback, 2009 June 6
Box 9 Folder 10 Transformative Justice Teach-In – Sign in, 2009 June 6
Box 9 Folder 11 Females United For Action – Mikva grant application, 2009 May
Box 9 Folder 12 Females United For Action – Beyond Chris Brown and Rihanna workshop, 2009
Box 9 Folder 13 Females United For Action – Support a survivor workshop, 2009
Box 9 Folder 14 Females United For Action – Life campaign media packet, 2009
Box 9 Folder 15 Females United For Action – Fannie healing circles, 2009
Box 9 Folder 16 Budget Campaign – Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network State Budget Strategy Session, 2000 September 18
Box 10 Folder 1 Females United For Action – Alternative Windows reading packet, 1 photograph, Undated
Box 10 Folder 2 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Alicia Espinoza, 21 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 10 Folder 3 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Ashley, 24 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 10 Folder 4 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Cecilia Mijares, 15 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 10 Folder 5 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Ed, 25 prints, negatives, 2 CDs, 2006
Box 10 Folder 6 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Erin, 17 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 10 Folder 7 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Evelyn Mijares, 25 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 10 Folder 8 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Froilan, 37 prints, negatives, 2 CDs, 2006
Box 10 Folder 9 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Hugo Rodriguez, 12 prints, negatives, CD, 2006
Box 11 Folder 1 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Jessie, 23 prints, negatives, CD, 2006
Box 11 Folder 2 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Jesus Patino, 22 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 11 Folder 3 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Jonathan, 25 prints, negatives, CD, 2006
Box 11 Folder 4 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Keisha, 16 prints, negatives, CD, 2006
Box 11 Folder 5 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Kevin, 11 prints, negatives, 2 CDs, 2006
Box 11 Folder 6 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Miranda, 16 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 11 Folder 7 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Rosa, 18 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 11 Folder 8 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Yuwen, 3 prints, negatives, 2006
Box 11 Folder 9 Females United For Action, Alternative Windows Photograph Project – Photographs: Unidentified, 37 prints, 2006
Box 11 Folder 10 Females United For Action Protest – Gallery 37 Protest, 3 photographs, 2008
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