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Citizen Works is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization founded by Ralph Nader in April 2001 to advance justice by strengthening citizen participation in power. We give people the tools and opportunities to build democracy. Our strategy is to develop systemic means to advance the progressive citizen movement. We do this in three ways: First, we enhance the work of existing organizations by helping to share information, build coalitions, and institute improved mechanisms for banding activists together; second, we bring new energy and support to the progressive movement by recruiting, training, and activating citizens; and third, we start new groups and act as a catalyst where there are too few public interest voices.
We are currently working on two very different activities: 1. Campaign for Corporate Reform; publishing a weekly email digest on the current events surrounding corporate scandals and abuses; The People's Business Book which addresses a plan for controlling corporations and restoring democracy; and the first-ever Conference on Corporate Reform scheduled for early 2006. 2. Recruit, Train and Network Activists; Summer Speaker Series for DC summer interns to learn about life-long activism from public interest leaders; First Thursday Forums, networking opportunities for non-profit professionals in the area to share ideas, campaigns, and strategies about innovative citizen efforts.
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