Tom Tresser - Civic educator. Public defender. is creating Civic education, publications, investigations, workshops, forums


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We are seeking 500 Founding Patrons for Tom Tresser's civic work. When we reach that goal Tom will be able to essentially "drop everything" and organize and edit his second book - "More Public! A Love Letter & A Call To Action."

This book will outline the case for LOVING America's public stuff and the threats our public stuff currently face. It will have a personal side where Tom explains how all the great public stuff in New York City formed him and gave him so much as he came of age in the early 1960's. It will conclude with a call to action and urge people to sign up to become a Public Defender.

Tom's first book, "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve" was published in July of 2016 after a crowdfunding campaign raised $10,000 from 203 donors. We are in our second printing and the book has triggered 55 public meetings all over the city in front of over 2,200 people! Despite the intense interest from people across Chicago, the mainstream media has refused to review or cover the book.

When you also consider that local and national funders have turned down Tom's work (the CivicLab and the TIF Illumination Project) 15 times over the past five years - it is obvious that only a grassroots funding solution will keep this work going.

So - I hope you will support this work with a monthly pledge.

  • All investors will receive access to a Members Only feed from Patreon with updates and other tasty civic items.
  • Investors of $20/month and up will receive an invitation to a private monthly update call (using a web based conference tool).
  • Investors of $100/month and up will receive
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