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Mission Statement

CORE seeks to establish, in practice, the inalienable right for all people to determine their own destiny--to decide for themselves what social and political organizations can operate in their best interest and to do so without gratuitous and inhibiting influence from those whose interest is diametrically opposed to theirs. CORE feels that the most important fundamental freedom for all people is the right to govern themselves. If this simple ideal can be realized, then other necessary freedoms will automatically follow.

In essence, CORE's aim is to bring about equality for all people regardless of race, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background. In pursuing its aim, CORE seeks to identify and expose acts of discrimination in the public and private sectors of society. When such an act is uncovered, CORE, with its many multi-service departments, goes into action.


Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the "Big Four" civil rights groups in the United States. From the protests against "Jim Crow" laws of the 40's to the "Sit-ins" of the 50's, the "Freedom Rides" of the 60's; through the cries for "Self-Determination" in the 70's and "Equal Opportunity" in the 80's to the struggle for community development in the 90's, CORE has championed true equality for all people. As the "shock troops" and pioneers of the civil rights movement, CORE has paved the way for the nation to follow. In recent years CORE has turned its focus towards preparing minorities for the technical demands of this decade.

Under the banner of "TRUTH! LOGIC! & COURAGE!", CORE will continue to promote harmony and healing in all aspects of society; calling the shots straight--even when it hurts--and confronting the haters, race baiters and racial racketeers bent on keeping us apart.

CORE's National Headquarters is located in New York City. From there a network of local affiliates and chapters radiate across the United States, parts of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and South America.

Membership in CORE is open to anyone who believes that "all people are created equal" and is willing to work towards the ultimate goal of true equality throughout the world.



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