OOC unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations, and policy institutes across the state.
OOC was formed around three basic ideas. One, that community, faith, labor, and policy organizations must commit to a long term permanent alliance as opposed to coming together sporadically around the latest campaign, contract ﬁght, or election. Second, there is a need for innovation in the ﬁeld of community organizing that addresses issues of scale, nimbleness, layered strategies, electoral capacity, and breadth of leadership development. And last, we cannot build a progressive movement in this country without the middle of the country. We must develop an economic and organizing agenda that address de-industrialization and the decades’ long decline of urban cores in the Midwest.