Thank you to everyone who came out to Woodstock Institute’s 2024 Economic Justice Awards!  

As always, this year’s event was a wonderful opportunity to bring together and connect supporters united around our mission of advancing economic justice and racial equity. 

Congratulations to our honorees, Illinois State Senator Christopher Belt and Calvin Bradford, Senior Research Fellow at Woodstock Institute and former board member of National People’s Action.  

State Senator Christopher Belt played an important role in the passage of the Predatory Loan Prevention Act (PLPA), which was part of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’s “Economic Access Pillar” to help narrow the racial and ethnic wealth gap. Thanks to the PLPA, Illinois consumers have saved over $600 million in interest and fees. This year, he championed legislation to address racial and economic disparities in both small business and mortgage lending

State Senator Christopher Belt (left) and Calvin Bradford (right)

Calvin Bradford has spent over fifty years fighting housing discrimination and advocating for community reinvestment. To illustrate the historical context of his work, the below video celebrates the legacy of National People’s Action (NPA) and the community-based movement to combat redlining led by Gale Cincotta. Woodstock supported NPA’s campaigns, which propelled lending discrimination into a national issue and led to the passage of the Community Reinvestment Act and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act in the 1970s. 

This event, and Woodstock’s work this year, wouldn’t have been possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors.