About GAPA (Grassroots for Police Accountability)
The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is a broad-based coalition of six community organizations committed to making our neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability, and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves.
GAPA groups work in neighborhoods across Chicago, including neighborhoods that are most directly affected by violence and police brutality, misconduct, and harassment. GAPA works to ensure that directly impacted community members – especially those in Black and Brown communities that are most affected by police misconduct – lead our work to implement lasting solutions around public safety.
The six GAPA organizations (Community Renewal Society, Southwest Organizing Project, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, ONE Northside and Target Area) are key members of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) Coalition and alongside the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), SEIU HCII, and dozens of other partners, they led the campaign to create a community-led civilian oversight board of the Chicago Police. All the members of GAPA, alongside the rest of the ECPS coalition, will work to strengthen and implement the ECPS ordinance as a coalition.