Mission: Our mission is to work with our families, co-workers, and neighbors to improve life in Little Village, Chicago, the Midwest and nationally through democracy in action. We work for a real voice in building democracy as the basis for environmental, economic and social justice. We believe democracy means giving time and space for every voice to be heard and counted in everyday matters, full, direct participation in all types of decision-making that affects our lives, and determining the future of our neighborhood and city. We work to unite our community's talents, assets, and power to build a society that treats all of us equally: no matter what race, culture, age, religion, nationality or gender we are. In Unity we have the strength to forge economic, environmental and social justice to overcome the barriers of poverty that surround us and build self-determination. We work for justice at home and abroad, connecting our local struggle for democracy with the global one and live by the principle that, as working and poor people of color, we have the right to control our lives and resources.
CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) worked with LVEJO on a detailed data collection project in Little Village. They mobilized community members and empowered them to assess conditions in their neighborhood. The resulting data was useful for planning and development purposes. It was a successful project because LVEJO handled it well.
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I served as an intern with LVEJO back when I was working on a master's degree in 2007. I pursued an internship with LVEJO based on their reputation for progressive and aggressive advocacy in the area, and as an intern I saw that reputation in action. Each and every one of the staff members and volunteers working with LVEJO daily impressed me with their passion and commitment to the cause of social justice. In the years since 2007, I have continued working in the environmental non-profit field, and can say with absolute certainty that I have yet to encounter an organization that so consistently demonstrates the passion and integrity that the people at LVEJO brought to their work daily.