2nd Wave

Des Plaines, IL   |  http://www.2wave.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission

The 2nd Wave is an educational and political non-profit organization that seeks to serve the state of Illinois through civic education and widespread engagement in the political process. The 2nd Wave hopes to reach out to areas and subpopulations of Illinois that are classically underrepresented or unassimilated in the political process and for whom there is little or no political voice. It is the conviction of The 2nd Wave that the inclusion of the voices of the unheard strengthens the community at large.

Ruling year info

2006

Main address

1785 Birch St.

Des Plaines, IL 60018

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EIN

26-0128957

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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The 2nd Wave has two currents: an Educational Current (EC) and a Political Current (PC). Our EC empowers the community in the following ways: educating the electorate on the electoral process and providing constituents the requisite tools to effectively communicate with their elected officials. The EC will fulfill some of the needs of the community by providing a systematic naturalization pathway ? including English language classes and American civics classes - for American immigrants in accordance with federal and state guidelines; hosting American cultural education classes as a supplement to ongoing citizenship classes; registering eligible adult citizens to vote; and holding town hall meetings with elected representatives.

The Political Current (PC) will engage the community in the political process by identifying issues unique to specific underrepresented and/or unassimilated voting populations in Illinois. The 2nd Wave will subsequently organize these constituents around their unique issues in order to effectively communicate with elected representatives. The PC will host political forums with elected officials and candidates; establish polling places in geographic areas identified to be in need of more accessible sites; advocate issues on behalf of the community; create and maintain a complete voter history database for the state of Illinois; politically analyze specific districts and races utilizing said voter database and other resources; and endorse candidates for political office based on aforementioned analysis.

Through the education, participation, empowerment, and integration of these subsections of the larger community, American society as a whole will be enriched. The Educational and Political Currents will serve to enhance the democratic process through political communication beginning from the naturalization process and following through to citizenship, voting, and finally, agency of the politically engaged citizenry. Agency is defined as "a person through which power is exerted or an end is achieved," and the vision of The 2nd Wave is to see individuals in the communities described above achieve agency in the long term through active, positive engagement in the democratic process.

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2nd Wave

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2006
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization