Who We Are:

We have been serving the community for 21 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.

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.

Pilsen Alliance Vision Statement:

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

Rosa Esquivel

president

Caseworker at Illinois Action for Children, CPS parent (2015-present)

Ana "Jade" Nava

VICE PRESIDENT

Local Artist and CPS parent   (2016)

Martha Herrera

Official member

Retired CPS Teacher & Long time Pilsen Resident

Javier Ruiz

SECRETARY

Metropolitan Tenant Organization organizer (2015)

Dulce Garduno

Treasurer

Entrepreneur/ Marketing (2019-present)

Bernadino Echeverria

Official member

Labor Organizer/ Self-Employed (2019-present)

Kate Bowen

Treasurer

Local Artist and CPS parent (2016-) 

Adourthus McDowell

Official member

Education Activist/ Community Member Loomis Courts (2019-present)

Pilsen Alliance 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

Are you interested in helping?

With your support we can make the difference

Funders