Economic Justice Organizations Directory

[This text was originally published in AREA Chicago #8 in May 2009]


The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions, representing 11 million members.


American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.


Arise Chicago Worker Center

Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing and advocating for public policy changes.


Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability is a bi-partisan 501(c)3 research and advocacy think tank that promotes fair, efficient and progressive tax, spending and economic policies.


Change to Win Coalition

Change to Win seeks to unite and secure economic justice for the 50 million workers in affiliate industries whose jobs cannot be outsourced and who are vital to the global economy. Change to Win is a federation consisting of seven affiliated unions: International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), United Farm Workers of America (UFW), and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness based on our belief that housing is a human right in a just society.

Chicago Federation of Labor

The CFL is the central labor body for over 300 Chicago area unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations).

Working Group on Extreme Inequality

The Working Group on Extreme Inequality addresses poverty and economic inequality through creative mobilization, education, organizing support and advocacy efforts to promote public policies concerning concentrated wealth and power.

Citizen Action

Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization, working for social and economic justice at the state and national levels.

Community Renewal Society

Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers, working for equality and fairness in housing, jobs, education and criminal justice.

The Grassroots Collaborative

Grassroots Collaborative is a coalition of community and labor organizations working towards the interests of all our constituents, representing over 100,000 residents throughout Illinois.


Greenheart is “fair to producers, and good to the Earth” as Chicago’s premier eco-fair trade non-profit shop.

Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

Founded as a non-profit organization to help create affordable housing in Chicago’s Latino neighborhoods, HHDC builds comfortable, affordable homes that act a catalyst for economic prosperity and community growth.

Housing Action Illinois


Housing Action Illinois works to increase and preserve the supply of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois for low-and moderate-income households in the state.

Inspiration Corporation

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.

Interfaith Worker Justice

Interfaith Worker Justice seeks to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.

Irving Park Community Food Pantry

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry focuses on increasing community awareness of hunger related issues as well as feeding people at risk of hunger.

Jobs with Justice – Chicago Area

The mission of Chicago Jobs With Justice is to improve working people’s standards of living, fight for job security, and stand up for workers’ right to organize.

Latino Union Chicago

The Latino Union collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions, developing leadership from within the immigrant worker community to create feasible alternatives to the injustices immigrant workers face.

Local First Chicago

Local First Chicago’s mission is to educate the public on the importance of choosing locally owned, independent businesses to promote the overall social, economic, and environmental health of our economy and communities.

National Council of La Raza

NCLR’s mission is to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

National Rainbow Coalition Headquarters

RainbowPUSH coalition is a coalition of conscience of workers, women and people of color that possess the power and drive to make the American Dream a reality for all.

Southwest Youth Collaborative

The Southwest Youth Collaborative builds power and self-determination among low-income youth and families and seeks to create a leadership and power base for disenfranchised young people and their families through intergenerational, multi-racial, and gender balanced leadership for social justice and institutional change.

STOP (Southside Together Organizing for Power)

STOP is a community organization that builds the capacity and power of low income and working class residents on the Southside of Chicago.

Teachers for Social Justice

Teachers for Social Justice is an organization of teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, and other educators in the Chicago area united by a commitment to education for social justice. TSJ works to resist the unfair economic practices of the education system, including military recruitment, funding inequity and undemocratic, community-punishing reform initiatives.


Unite Here is a union that trains working class leaders and builds worker power in the hospitality industry.

Thanks to Kristen Cox for assistance on the entries.

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