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Action Now Institute
Chicago, IL | midwest
Established in 2009, Action Now Institute (ANI) seeks to educate, inspire and engage community residents of Illinois’ low- and moderate-income communities to take a public stance on the issues that affect their neighborhoods, city and state. ANI believes that the people most affected by the issues of injustice have the right to make the decisions that affect their families and communities. It also…
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American Indian Center
Chicago, IL | midwest
The American Indian Center of Chicago addresses the needs of a disenfranchised Native American and low-income population of the Uptown and Ravenswood communities, focusing on four vital areas: Education, Social Services, Technology and Cultural Activities. The Center was organized in 1953 by the Chicago Indian community, with an important assist from the American Friends Service Committee, in…
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Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Chicago, IL | midwest
BPNC was founded in 1997 when community members decided they were no longer going to tolerate the deterioration of their community and take action to affect real and substantial change. For the past fifteen years, BPNC has helped to improve neighborhood schools, increase community lending, increase law enforcement resources throughout Brighton Park, develop numerous youth alternatives to gangs and d…
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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Chicago, IL | midwest
Grounded in the belief that housing is a human right in a just society, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless organizes and advocates to end homelessness. Founded in 1980, CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. The organization leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives th…
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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: Grassroots Collaborative
Chicago, IL | midwest
Grassroots Collaborative, made of 12 membership-based organizations in Illinois, represents low-income people in efforts to create progressive policy change at the local and statewide level that further economic and social justice. Founded in 1999, the Collaborative represents diverse constituencies of low to moderate income families working to build a long-term movement for economic and raci…
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Communities United
Chicago, IL | midwest
Communities United (formerly known as The Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC)) is a grassroots community organization that unites youth and adults from Albany Park and surrounding communities to address issues of social, economic and racial justice. Since its founding in 2000 Communities United has engaged over 10,000 community residents in its organizing efforts to improve the quality of publi…
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Enlace Chicago
Chicago, IL | midwest
Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.  Through four program areas — Community Education, Violence Prevention, Community Enrichment, and Economic Develo…
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Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Chicago, IL | midwest
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of America’s diverse society. In partnership with member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship a…
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Inner-City Muslim Action Network
Chicago, IL | midwest
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) developed in the mid-1990s in an effort to bring the historic legacy of African-American Muslim activism and grassroots engagement in urban neighborhoods together with a diverse group of first and second generation Muslim immigrants raised or invested in similar neighborhoods. IMAN was incorporated in 1997 and propelled forward by the need to creatively respon…
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Inner-City Muslim Action Network: United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations
Chicago, IL | midwest
The United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) is a grassroots-led, multi-ethnic human rights alliance mobilizing people, policy and ideas for the equitable advancement of marginalized communities. UCCRO comprises seven organizations with a cumulative base of over 4,000 leaders from more than 30 communities in Chicago and its suburbs, which are comprised, for the most part, of …
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Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Chicago, IL | midwest
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been an instrument for grassroots democracy in the North Kenwood and Oakland communities for nearly forty years.  Founded by religious and community leaders in the 1960’s, KOCO facilitated organizing campaigns that increased the resources and services available to families and residents.  Today, KOCO continues its work as a vehicle and voice of l…
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Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Chicago, IL | midwest
Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), established in 1962, recently revised its mission statement to better reflect its priorities: “LSNA is a community-based organization advancing diversity, leader development, and models of engagement as the catalyst for social justice.” LSNA achieves its mission through building networks, organizational capacity and leadership, and engaging its base …
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Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Chicago, IL | midwest
The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) began from a 1981 Community Congress convened to find workable solutions to the affordable housing crisis at the time. The Congress recognized that Chicago needed a citywide organization to represent tenants. It led to a 5-year campaign to pass Chicago’s landmark Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) and the founding of MTO. Passage of the RLT…
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Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside
Chicago, IL | midwest
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) is a community organization resulting from the 2013 merger of Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) and Organization of the Northeast, which have a combined history of nearly 60 years of powerful and effective community organizing. ONE Northside organizes seven Northside Chicago neighborhoods in which current Marguerite Casey Foundation gran…
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People’s Lobby Education Institute
Chicago, IL | midwest
The People’s Lobby is a fast-growing, membership-driven organization devoted to organizing widespread support for public policies and candidates – including people from our communities – that put the needs of people and the planet before the interests of big corporations and the very rich. We train leaders to build bases in our communities, organize support for the progressive legislation, end…
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Southwest Organizing Project
Chicago, IL | midwest
Once known for the race riots that erupted when Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched here in 1966 for open housing, Chicago’s Southwest Side communities are now very diverse. No longer predominantly white and Catholic, there has been a dramatic increase in the Latino and African-American populations. These large and rapid demographic shifts have resulted in the breakdown of institutional and n…
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TARGET Area Development Corporation
Chicago, IL | midwest
TARGET Area Development Corporation is a regional grassroots social justice organization with offices in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and South Africa building power in communities to solve stubborn problems using its organizing strategy: Research, Organizing, Mobilization, and Education (ROME). It teaches residents in Auburn-Gresham and Englewood to rebuild the community and address stubborn proble…
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University of Houston – Arte Público Press: Democracy and the New American Economy: Where Prosperity Meets Justice
Houston, TX | midwest
From its beginnings on the artistic fringe during the Hispanic Civil Rights Movement to its current status as the oldest and most accomplished publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors, Arte Público Press and its imprint, Piñata Books, have become a showcase for Hispanic literary creativity, arts and culture. Building on the literary magazine’s success,…
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Westside Health Authority
Chicago, IL | midwest
Westside Health Authority (WHA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based organization whose mission is to use the capacity of community residents to improve the health and well-being of the community. For WHA, “health” is defined broadly to include the social and physical environment which contributes to the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of a person. It also includes rel…