VOICE is a grass-roots community organization that formed in response to widespread concern with the current direction of Village government. VOICE stands for Voice, Openness, Inclusion, Community, and Environment. We’re a big-tent organization that welcomes all residents who want to see Oak Park’s future shaped by citizen-led government that is responsive to the community, transparent in its processes, and accountable to voters. We collaborate with other local organizations that share our goals of equity, diversity, and democracy.

VOICE members come from many different backgrounds and perspectives. A few are former members of now-defunct local political groups; many are also affiliated with newer Oak Park civic organizations—among them Suburban Unity Alliance, Oak Park Development Watch, Oak Park Call to Action, and Property Tax Watch—that share our goals of racial equity, appropriate development, responsive government, and affordable housing.

VOICE is a civic action group that does not slate candidates. We have endorsed three candidates for the April 2nd Village Board election: Tim Thomas, Christian Harris, and Joshua Klayman. Tim, Christian, and Josh are committed to advancing VOICE’s objectives of building a transparent and democratic government, fulfilling the promise of Oak Park’s reputation as a truly equitable community, advancing policies that support the economic diversity of our community, and advocating development that respects the unique character of the village, its neighborhoods, and the environment.

VOICE is working to give Oak Park citizens a greater voice in what happens in our village. Changing the outlook and balance of power on the Village Board is only the beginning of the change we envision. The critical issues and challenges in our village involve tax control, responsible budgeting, appropriate property redevelopment, housing affordability, citizens’ access to information, and more; they concern our two School Districts, the Park District, the Public Library, and the Township, as well as the Village Board. VOICE will remain active and engaged on all fronts as it works toward our vision of a progressive, inclusive community.

VOICE’s Statement of Principles

Join and support VOICE by emailing voiceoakpark@gmail.com.

Contact VOICE at voiceoakpark@gmail.com.