OOC was formed around three basic ideas. First, that community, faith, labor and policy organizations must commit to a long-term permanent alliance, rather than coming together sporadically around the latest campaign, contract fight, or election. Second, that there is a need for innovation in the field of community organizing that addreses issues of scale, nimbleness, layered strategies, electoral capacity, and breadth of leadership development. And third, that we cannot build a progressive movement in this country without the Midwest. In order to be successful, it is imperative that we develop an economic and organizing agenda to address deindustrialization and the decades-long decline of urban cores in places like Ohio.