About Us

The Southwest Suburban Activists (SWSA) work to bring tolerance, empathy, and solidarity to the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago. The group started in 2017 with just ten people in Emily Biegel's kitchen and has grown to an organization of over 600 members. In the past year, they have held a wildly successful March to the Polls Pre Party, a Women's March on International Women's Day, a vigil for Syrian refugees, a Nasty Woman Art Exhibit in Kankakee, an Equality March for Unity and Pride, March for Our Lives, community outreach events, candidate forums, and mobilized to hold Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan accountable for anti-Muslim statements made on Facebook.

We are committed to making change, sharing ideas, and following through on acts of resistance. We also strive to continue to make America a welcoming nation and remind others that we are stronger together.