Who We Are:

We have been serving the community for 23 years, uniting and leading the Pilsen community. Pilsen is a community of immigrants, here we decided to join our efforts to create a strong and resilient community in these times of change. We are committed to bringing the best community education tools and programs, our campaigns are direct actions and advocacy initiatives that reflect the popular education philosophy of building social awareness for both collective and personal transformation.

Our Mission:

Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago's Lower West Side. We use community education tools and programs, direct action organizing campaigns, and advocacy initiatives reflecting the popular education philosophy of building social consciousness for personal and social collective transformation.

Our goals include using innovative community education tools and programs, direct action organizing campaigns and advocacy initiatives reflecting the popular education philosophy of building social consciousness for personal and social collective transformation.

Our Vision:

We strive towards making housing equity a reality by advocating for policies such as lifting the ban on rent control, community driven and community accountable zoning processes, fair property tax rates and assessments, support and defense of homeless residents, expansion and improvement of access to public and subsidized housing, ARO reform and tenant advocacy.

We organize relentlessly to secure quality & affordable housing for the working class families of Pilsen. We lift up the voices of residents and cultivate community-led solutions for a transparent and comprehensive community development approach based on the principles of justice, community health, & sustainability.

We believe that access to quality public education is a fundamental human right. Along with parents, teachers, and students, we organize to ensure all children have access to the public education they deserve-we stand against charters and for a free and equitable public education system for all.

Acting through our local base, we connect our community members with broad regional coalitions that align with our core values and our believe that the creativity and empowerment of the most vulnerable communities will create a more just Chicago

Board of Directors

All members who are part of the board have been officially elected as active members of the organization

Martha Herrera

president

Retired CPS Teacher & Long time Pilsen Resident

Maria Gamboa

VICE PRESIDENT

Life Long Activist, Chicana of 18th Street

Javier Ruiz

SECRETARY

Metropolitan Tenant Organization housing organizer, Pilsen resident.

Socorro Gutierrez

TREASURER

Small business owner, long-time Pilsen Resident

Dulce Garduno

Treasurer

Graphic Design Entrepreneur/ Marketing, Pilsen resident

Bernadino Echeverria

Official member

Labor Organizer/ Self-Employed, Long time Pilsen resident

Kate Bowen

OFFICIAL MEMBER

Executive Director ACRE, Pilsen resident

Joseph Padilla

Official member

Leader at St. Pius Parish, Long-time Pilsen resident

Our Shared Values

We treat ourselves and each other with unconditional respect.

We value our relationships through friendship and comradery

We work together being open minded and we do not judge one another

We show our love for the community through our work

We pledge to focus on self care and healing

Our Supporters