East St. Louis Action Research Project
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Establishing a City-Wide Coalition
This city-wide coalition was created to help neighborhood leaders collectively address important community issues through direct action campaigns.
Realizing that some problems are too large and complex to be solved at the neighborhood level, leaders from eight neighborhood organizations, in cooperation with ESLARP, established the East St. Louis Community Action Network in September, 1995. This city-wide coalition was created to help neighborhood leaders collectively address important community issues through direct action campaigns. During 1995-96, ESL CAN chose its first issue, municipal sanitation code enforcement, and worked with ESLARP to survey more than 10,000 building lots to determine compliance with the East St. Louis Municipal Sanitation Code. With funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ESL CAN was able to hire a full-time community development planner to lead the coalition's campaign to reduce illegal dumping and the number of derelict structures in East St. Louis. Ms. Carolyn Fuller, who has an extensive background in community and economic development, accepted this position in April, 1996 and is currently working out of ESLARP's East St. Louis office.
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Last modified: September 30, 1996
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