POWR (People of West Ridge) NFP was created as a result of the 2015 aldermanic election in the 50th Ward.
An incumbent who refused to meet her opponents in fair and open dialog about issues of concern to residents and businesses was re-elected because only one-third (7,800) of the ward’s 25,000 registered voters turned out to vote. It is disturbing that the other two-thirds chose not to do so.
While not all residents are eligible to vote, all residents are eligible to participate in civic and community life. Residents may not be heard at the polls, but they can and should be heard when decisions are made that impact the quality of their lives, the schooling of their children, the condition of their housing, and the delivery of city services–street resurfacing, sidewalk and pothole repair, street cleaning and new lighting–paid for through their taxes.
POWR begins with the belief that residents want a voice in these decisions; that residents can no longer wait for those in power to include the entire community when these decision are made; and that positive change can and must be created by residents themselves. By coming together in sufficient numbers that our voices can no longer be ignored, we can have a positive impact on our neighborhood and a profound impact on our own lives.
POWR was created to improve the lives of all residents. POWR is inclusive, without prejudice with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, religious belief, or national origin. POWR is nonpartisan; your politics are your own business.
POWR is member-supported and member-driven.
Join us and be amazed by what neighbors working together can do!