Gamaliel of Illinois

Michael Shultz

Gamaliel of Illinois‘ mission is to be a multi-issue, multi-racial faith-based network of regional organizations dedicated to building a powerful and effective multi-state, grassroots movement to promote civic engagement, citizenship, community building and public policy for racial, social and economic justice. The network envisions a society in which residents and communities recognize that their well-being depends on the well-being of their entire region and understand that social equity, inclusiveness, and equality of benefits and opportunities for all are a necessary condition of environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Gamaliel of Illinois is a faith and values-based organization working to ensure that public policy reflects the values of justice, equity and inclusiveness.

The network is comprised of several organizations throughout Illinois and Iowa, such as: Faith Coalition for the Common Good (FCCG) in Springfield, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago (GMC) in Chicago, United Congregations of Metro East (UCM) in Cahokia and Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI) locate in Davenport, Iowa. Gamaliel of Illinois is an affiliate of the Gamaliel National Network which trains community and faith leaders in building political power and creating organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races.

Deaconess Foundation provides funding to Gamaliel of Illinois through its Responsive Grant. The grant supports community organizing and mobilizing efforts in St. Clair, Madison and Monroe Counties as a part of a statewide initiative for legislative action to codify broadband access as a public utility so children and families have equitable access to online learning, telehealth services and job opportunities.

To get involved with Gameliel of Illinois, visit: www.gamaliel.org/state/illinois/.