Citizen Action/Illinois

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Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation.

The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human life has equal worth, that the purpose of our society is to allow all its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is a collective good beyond our individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice, but recognizes that winning justice requires political power. It exists to create that power by being a values-based, issue-oriented political center in Illinois.

Citizen Action/Illinois is both an organizational coalition and an individual membership organization. Individuals members are recruited through the organization’s on-going door-to-door canvasses and through a phone/pledge giver program. Members are asked both to financially support the organization and to take action on issues such as contacting key members of Congress or writing lawmakers. The organization currently has 23,000 individual members recruited through the door and phone canvasses. Individual members are frequently contacted through public education efforts before elections.

Citizen Action’s organizational affiliates include statewide organizations and local groups, including labor organizations, community groups, consumer and health organizations, senior citizen organizations, disability rights groups, local political organizations and gay & lesbian, religious and rural organizations. The organization also works with several on-going coalitions of allies that are not directly affiliated, including those involved in environmental and campaign finance reform efforts.

The affiliates are represented on the 97-member Policy Council (most statewide organizations have two or more representatives) which also includes leaders serving as individuals, among them Members of Congress, state legislators, and local government officials. The Policy Council is elected annually at the state convention of affiliate delegates and interested individual activists; it meets quarterly to determine the organization’s public policy positions, its legislative agenda, and any endorsements of candidates for public office.

Citizen Action/Illinois was formed in 1997 to work on behalf of the public interest both in Springfield and Washington, DC and is built on a tradition of strong grassroots citizen organizations– in labor, the communities, and in the progressive movement. Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation. The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human has equal worth, that the purpose of our society is to allow its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is collective good beyond our individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice.

Contact:

http://www.citizenaction-il.org/

28 E. Jackson
Suite #605
Chicago, Illinois 60604
phone: 312-427-2114
fax: 312-427-2307
info@citizenaction-il.org

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