PILSEN ALLIANCE

Pilsen Alliance

aka Pilsen Alliance   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.thepilsenalliance.org

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 work for quality public education, affordable housing, government accountability and healthy communities. 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.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Moises Moreno

Main address

1744 w 18TH ST

Chicago, IL 60608 USA

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EIN

36-4486055

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

COVID-19 Critical Response

Pilsen Alliance and allies supports and serves our hardest hit communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide mutual aid support, including fresh food, emergency financial relief & tenants rights organizing trainings. Our work focuses on most vulnerable populations including senior citizens, people with disabilities, the homeless , undocumented immigrants and working class families to avoid displacement during the pandemic. Goals include preventing the displacement of long time residents in our community and to organize community stakeholders to demand housing justice policies that will benefit everyone in our communities.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants

The Pilsen Alliance holds true that housing is a human right. Our community has fallen prey to predatory land speculation and gentrification which has displaced many long time residents and triggered a spike in poverty and we are bringing forth to bear all of the organizing tools needed to wage a sustainable campaign for housing justice in Pilsen and the Southwest Side, including but not limited to: political education, youth organizing, direct actions, conducting accountability sessions with local officials and strategic partnership building.

Our Housing Justice advocacy includes.
*Tenant Organizing
*Homeowner property tax workshops
*Partnerships in Housing Justice Coalitions: Lift the ban on Rent Control IL and Our Home Chicago with the Chicago Housing Initiative
*Developing a community driven affordable housing plan to counter gentrification and displacement in Pilsen

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Pilsen Alliance works with parents, youth, teachers and community to address educational challenges and inequalities that disproportionately impact low income communities of color. We recruit and train leaders as part of our efforts to hold our educational leaders accountable to the community.

We also participate in several city-wide education coalitions that address systemic racism as it relates to public education such as the campaigns for:
1) An elected representative school board,
2) fully empowered Local School Councils,
3) The removal of SRO (School Resource Officers/ Police) from our neighborhood schools.

We work to advocate for access to mental health resources and we oppose austerity cuts that negatively impact the classroom and the families that rely on our neighborhood schools.

Population(s) Served
Parents
At-risk youth
Immigrants
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the working class communities of the Lower West and Near West sides of Chicago, predominately Latinx and African-American as well as the surrounding neighborhoods of Chicago.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PILSEN ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mercy Servin

Pilsen Alliance

Term: 2022 - 2023


Board co-chair

Yotzin Tzintzun

Pilsen Alliance

Term: 2022 - 2023

Javier Ruiz

Board Secretary, Pilsen Alliance

Kate Bowen

Board Co-Treasurer, Pilsen Alliance

Bernadino Echeverria

Pilsen Alliance

Rosa Esquivel

Board Co-Treasurer, Pilsen Alliance

Mercy Servin

Interim-Board President, Pilsen Alliance

Yotzin Tzintzun

Board Vice President, Pilsen Alliance

Cristal Bedolla

Pilsen Alliance

Yahaira Luna

Pilsen Alliance

Stephanie Flores

Pilsen Alliance

Diana Arellano

Pilsen Alliance

Abdelaziz Hsouna

Pilsen Alliance

Luis Rafael-Nietes

Pilsen Alliance

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/19/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.