The United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) was established in 1984 by a group of community leaders and local Priests. Modeled on an Alinsky style of community organizing, UNO sought to build grass-roots leadership within Chicago's Hispanic neighborhoods that could organize for power and address local issues. UNO brought a no-nonsense approach to public action and leadership training, partnering with parishes in working-class neighborhoods like South Chicago, Little Village and Back of the Yards. Through these efforts, UNO challenged everyday residents to get involved and contribute to the advancement of their community.
While UNO's scope and audience has expanded over time, its mission has remained the same. For two decades, UNO has challenged Hispanics to play active roles in the development of a vital American community. UNO has carried this mission into an array of major campaigns and initiatives, ranging from Chicago's school reform movement in the 1980's, to its own naturalization drive that has serviced over 65,000 since the 1990's, to the establishment of the UNO Charter School Network in 2004.
Understanding the vision and aspirations of its community, UNO has continuously positioned itself at the forefront of cutting-edge issues and delivered real results through a combination of neighborhood base-building and pragmatic power politics. UNO has also worked to promote a public agenda that brings the conversation on Hispanics to a practical center, aligning perceptions and policy regarding our community with the ambition and ability that exist at its grass-roots. – less – More from ZoomInfo »