Strategies for Change: How to Make the American Political Dream Work

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The 44th Ward Assembly Charter

I. PREAMBLE
In the United States in the 1970's, people have come to feel increasingly powerless. This is especially true for people living in large cities. Overcrowding, the fast pace of city life and the remoteness of elected representatives from their constituents shut out most people from decisions that vitally affect their lives and erode their trust in the process of government.We, the people of the Forty-Fourth Ward of the City of Chicago, seek to turn in a new direction. We seek to restore a sense of trust and mutuality in public life. We seek to create a forum for the broadest possible exchange of views among the people themselves and between them and their Alderman. We seek to open up the political process within our ward to all its people. To this end, we establish this body in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration among ourselves and with our alderman.
II. NAME
The name of this body shall be the 44th Ward Assembly.
III. PURPOSE
The purpose of the 44th Ward Assembly shall be as follows:
A. To direct and to advise the Alderman as to how he shall cast his vote in the City Council.
B. To direct and to advise the Alderman as to what new legislation he shall sponsor in the City Council.
C. To establish priorities for programs to be undertaken by the Alderman for the benefit of the Ward and to take supportive action to reinforce such programs.
D. To make possible free and responsible debate on all the issues that affect the welfare of residents of the Ward.

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