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The Metropolitan Tenants Organization is a grassroots organization working to improve the lives of tenants throughout Chicago. We believe that the best way to accomplish our goal is to organize. Organizing is not some mystical process that only a few people can do. Everyone can do it and we encourage everyone to be a part of improving their conditions and the society in which we live.

When we say organizing, we mean creating collective power by working together in groups, unions, associations and coalitions. We believe that any fundamental change in tenants’ current conditions, whether it is getting repairs done in a building or achieving controls on rent are the result of a shift in power. We will succeed if our organizing efforts are rooted in democratic values that exhibit accountable base building, ally building, campaign organizing, leadership development, skill building, direct action and political education. Effective organizing results in sustained efforts in which groups and individuals have a sense of their own power in history