Simply put, Issue Campaigns are the work we do. Members of Common Ground identify problems and concerns in our communities. Through research, relationships and action these problems and concerns become our Issue Campaigns. We usually have more than one active campaign at any given time. The more Issue Campaigns we win — the stronger we get.
The issues can be large or small, but must meet the following criteria:
They must make a difference in people’s lives.
They must be specific and measurable.
They must be winnable.
They must help build our organization and move us forward.
MKE Neighborhoods Now is a campaign that centers on investing in our city’s future. As citizens, we have a say and the power to change our community for the better. Our goal is to leverage up to $100M in new capital improvements for the neighborhoods of Milwaukee. Learn More
United Parents seeks to strengthen parents, families, and communities through a collaborative process that builds protective factors, encourages deep self-reflection and uses the Industrial Areas Foundation model for organizing parents to improve their communities. Learn More
Watershed is designing creative solutions to real and present water problems in the Greater Milwaukee area. We’re tackling water issues big and small. Our aim is to improve both water availability and quality. Learn More
Common Ground is partnering with the our east coast parent organization – Metro IAF – on a campaign to curb gun violence and save lives, all without jeopardizing the ability of law-abiding Americans to buy and own firearms. Learn More
Common Ground is now organizing on the Southside to build a new team of leaders to address Southside issues and build the growing power of Common Ground. We have had hundreds of conversations to identify the key issues we need to focus on. Learn More
Common Ground is working to restore the housing market in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park community. This housing revitalization initiative, entitled MILWAUKEE RISING, is working toward rehabilitating 100 foreclosed properties over four years and sell them to responsible homeowners. Learn More
Common Ground is pleased to announce that the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is successfully providing health insurance options to individuals and small businesses across eastern Wisconsin. Learn More
It is Common Ground’s position that if public funds are used to build a new Bradley Center arena, then at least $150 million of these funds must be used to improve Milwaukee County public schools athletic facilities and recreational spaces. Learn More
Our first major victory. Common Ground successfully campaigned for the City to provide $250,000 in flexible funding to a youth jobs program, lobbying the City to increase the number of summer youth jobs from approximately 1,300 in 2008 to a record 3,000 in the summer of 2009. Learn More