The Chicago 400 are formerly incarcerated people who have been forced into homelessness due to housing banishment laws. They are leading an inspiring legislative and public education campaign—premised in unity and solidarity—to challenge all public conviction registries and banishment laws for formerly convicted people. The Chicago 400 Alliance organizational partners include victim advocates, housing advocates, police accountability activists, health and mental health service providers, recovery specialists, reentry organizations, and people of faith.
Terrance Chism is a father of two, a gospel musician, a professional drummer, a community volunteer, and president of the Chicago 400 Alliance, the grassroots legislative campaign to support the Chicago 400. Terrance runs leadership meetings and presents to organizational partners, such as victim advocates, fair housing advocates, reentry service providers, police accountability activists, and lawmakers. Chicago 400 Alliance members are always delighted when he drums for them on Zoom meetings.
Steven Diggs is a father, grandfather, a recovering addict, and a recovery support specialist at Above and Beyond Recovery Center in Chicago, where he serves as a mentor, a teacher, and the facilitator for WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). Steven is the sergeant-at-arms of the Chicago 400 Alliance, and his valuable skills are essential to this campaign centered on compassion and accountability. Steven is an advocate for the people and encourages all of us to leverage our combined power to help one another. Above and Beyond is an organizational partner of the Chicago 400 Alliance.
NARSOL is honored to welcome the Chicago 400 to our annual conference in Houston, Texas.
Sandy, a NARSOL board member, is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.