Organization Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) is a community organization resulting from the merger of Lakeview Action Coalition and Organization of the Northeast. Together, ONE and LAC have a history of nearly 60 years of powerful and effective community organizing.
ONE Northside started on July 1, 2013.
ONE Northside organizes people from over 100 institutions, as well as individual community residents, from Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Ravenswood, North Center, Lake View, and Lincoln Park.
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.
We envision a diverse, united North Side of Chicago acting powerfully for our shared values of racial, social, and economic justice in communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is an organization that brings people together based on our shared values.
- We value diversity. We believe that we all benefit from the racial, ethnic, religious, economic, gender, sexual and age diversity in our communities. That diversity will be represented in the organization and will make us more powerful and effective.
- We value justice. We believe there is no equality without justice. When we speak about justice, we are talking about fair treatment of and access for all people regardless of race, gender identity, economic status, age, and sexual identity.
- We value leadership development. We believe leaders are made, not born, and anyone is capable of becoming a leader. We believe that developing grassroots leadership is essential to building power and making positive change in our community.
- We value people power. We believe power is simply the ability to act, and through organizing we bring people together and build collective power.
Organizing Agenda and Programs:
ONE Northside organizes community residents into Issue Teams including:
- Affordable Housing
- Economic Justice
- Mental Health Justice
- Violence Prevention
ONE Northside also collaborates with community partners through the following programs:
- Grow Your Own Teachers