Current committees are listed below. Please contact if you’d like to join.

  • HOPE Committee – Economic development has been neglected by the current alderman. POWR served as Community Partner for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2017 Biennial project for the 50th Ward and organized the HOPE Committee, which is collaborating with ward residents, business owners, and community organizations to begin the process of revitalizing the business corridors in West Ridge (California, Devon, Lincoln, Touhy, and Western Avenues) . Through public discussions and workshops we will together create a comprehensive plan for inclusive economic development that meets the needs and serves the demands of West Ridge residents. Economic development includes housing, cultural and recreational opportunities, green spaces, and transportation challenges such as traffic control and improved public transit.
  • Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee  – The 50th Ward does not participate in PB. In 2018, this committee will host workshops throughout the ward as well as screen a documentary focusing on Chicago’s PB experience, particularly in the 49th Ward.  Volunteers who speak Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu are needed to help translate educational materials and present the facts to our immigrant community.




2 responses to “Committees

  1. Katherine McSpadden

    I would like to know who the officers of this organization are, committee chairs, Board members. Thanks.


    • POWR is not a membership organization but is a community resource tool. Its committees are fluid, with people coming together to work on projects of interest to them, such as the participatory budgeting process. POWR does not accept financial contributions, and is not beholden to, sponsored by, or controlled by any political, economic, or special interests within or outside the 50th Ward.

      You might be interested in our sister site, 50th Ward, started during last year’s aldermanic campaign. If you read it from the beginning, the thought pattern that led to POWR’s creation becomes clear. The frustrations outlined on Follies gave birth to the causes addressed by POWR.


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