Gamaliel of Metro Chicago mission is to develop new community leaders through building networks of “core teams” and alliances with other community groups to build an organization capable of responding to issues of education funding reform, economic development, civil rights of immigrants, universal healthcare, older adult economic and social well-being, and workforce development. Gamaliel of Metro Chicago is an affiliate organization made up of Pilsen Neighbors Community Council and Gamaliel of Metro Chicago and South Suburban Action Conference.
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WHAT WE DO
The mission of all Gamaliel networks is to empower ordinary people to effectively participate
in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Here’s how we do just that.
GMC offers multiple leadership development events throughout the year to provide everyday people with the skills, tools, and attitudes necessary to create the change they seek.
IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM / TAKE ACTION:
Working with our trained leaders, GMC helps identify the source of the ISSUES and the plan for ACTION to hold elected officials accountable.
BUILDING A POWER STRUCTURE
We know that our leaders deserve a seat a the table – and one large enough to impart change. This is only possible when a collective power base is created. Unions, congregations, and other community-based organizations across the Chicagoland area, are partners with GMC and together we fight for the change our leaders seek.
To organize power, you must organize money. We train people to organize significant amounts of money so our organizations are sustainable with staff, training, transportation and public events.
GAMALIEL METRO CHICAGO
Committed to organizing power to affect change in the Chicagoland area. Power is derived from organizing people and organizing money. We train to develop deep public relationships, to come together in a strong organization, and to move into direct action in the public arena to confront those in power.