As a grassroots social justice organization, Communities United builds power by developing local leadership and empowering communities to identify and address the root causes of inequity at the neighborhood, city, state and national levels. We believe that community members hold the solutions to the challenges they face. Through a community organizing approach, Communities United develops institutions and community residents as leaders, convenes broad-based coalitions, and unites people across age, race, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities and religion to advance structural change that concretely improves peoples’ lives.
Communities United strives to be a “learning organization,” continually developing our analysis of economic, racial, gender, LGBTQ and disability justice as critical lenses through which we approach our work.
Communities United addresses six issue areas through its organizing:
1) Improving the quality of public education, particularly for low-income students, with an emphasis on increasing high school graduation rates, college readiness, and college enrollment rates;
2) Addressing the issue of violence and gang involvement through a positive youth investment framework that promotes investment in youth employment opportunities and youth programming for teenagers;
3) Promoting immigrant rights with a focus on increasing access to higher education for undocumented students;
4) Preserving affordable and quality housing to maintain the rich ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of our communities; and
5) Increasing access to preventative and emergency healthcare for the uninsured.
6) organizing for improved work conditions and a living wage for low-income workers throughout Chicago.
For more information about Communities United, please contact our office at (773) 583-1387.