Arise Chicago builds partnerships between FAITH communities and WORKERS to fight workplace injustice through EDUCATION, ORGANIZING and ADVOCATING for public policy changes.


  • Marching for Justice

    Arise Chicago Worker Center members march for income equality and job creation with Stand Up! Chicago.
  • Lifting Spirits and Raising Wages

    Faith leaders and airport workers lift their voices in prayer for workers facing wage theft and anti-union harassment.
  • Fighting for Working Families

    As part of the Raise Illinois Coalition, Arise is working to raise the state minimum wage.
  • Supporting Quality Education

    Arise supports rank and file teachers fighting for small class sizes and job stability.
  • Praying with our Feet

    Arise Board President Fr. Larry Dowling leads a “flash prayer” at a Hyatt hotel in support of workers fighting for a fair contract.
  • Uniting Worker Families

    Arise partners with immigrant workers to improve working conditions and is fighting for just policies for immigrants in Illinois.
  • Raising Standards

    Executive Director Rev. C.J. Hawking prays with thousands of teachers and allies on Labor Day.
  • Uniting as Workers

    Arise Board member Rev. John Thomas addresses the crowd on May Day speaking on the dignity of all work.
  • Golan Workers On Strike!

    More than 60 workers at a moving and storage company in Skokie have walked off the job as part of an open-ended strike in protest of slow contract talks.
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Worker Center

Working to educate, organize, and develop leadership of Chicagoland’s low-wage workers



Raising the moral voice to support worker organizing and contract campaigns.



Organizing Chicago’s car wash workers to improve standards across the industry



Bringing low-wage workers and religious allies to the policy processes that impact working families


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