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Heather Vargas
Assistant Director
Citizen Works
Washington, DC

P.O. Box 18478
Washington, DC 20036
Work: 202-265-6164

ralph nader effor to increase citizen participation in power

The Citizenworks Mission Statement (at http://www.citizenworks.org/admin/about.php):

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.