WSCO organizes people of West Side to build collective power to advance justice and racial equity in the community for all people .
We envision a just, united, self-reliant West Side where all of our people are connected, safe, healthy and successful. We are West Side proud. We are West Side strong.
Growing out of a movement of successful grassroots activism in the 70’s on the West Side to ward off the placement of a Metal Shredder in our neighborhood along the Mississippi Rivers Edge, and to save the only public High School at the time, on the West Side from permanently closing its doors. (Humboldt High School) The West Side Community Organization emerged. Today WSCO remains committed to its activist roots, centering equity and using organizing principles as a foundation for all of its work.
The organization works to increase the civic participation of residents by initiating organizing campaigns, providing leadership development opportunities for youth and adults and by educating and building the power base of residents to tackle civic issues. WSCO works on issues of racial, economic, social, and environmental justice towards systemic change.
WSCO also acts as a vehicle to inform and shape issues concerning the “built” environment through community economic development planning, organizing resources to clean up urban blight and advocating for equitable development. Finally, the organization works to promote a healthy natural and social environment by addressing food security issues, promoting urban agriculture, recycling and residential energy efficiency.