Time for Serious Action, No Excuses View as Webpage. August 8, 2021
COAL's Board of Directors and its membership call on all of Chicago to stop the killings. It is time for all of us to stand up and say something, do something, and urge all of those around us to become active in an anti-violence effort. COAL urges all elected officials, religious leaders and community leaders to join in an organized city-wide and county-wide effort to stop the violence and murderous behavior in our communities. Illegal gun sales and trafficking is unacceptable and must be stopped. The use of guns to resolve conflict, manage gang relations or community arguments must stop. The leaders in our community must step forward along with parents and friends and speak out and act out to stop the violence.-- NOW.
About COAL
COAL is an umbrella organization founded by 13 of Chicago's historic African American mens clubs. COAL's overarching mission is to identify, examine, illuminate and find resolution to issues impacting the greater community. We strive to use our collective experience, expertise and resources to improve the quality of opportunity, quality of preparedness and the quality of outcomes (expressed as 'quality of life') for our Community. 
Founding Member Organizations
100 Black Men Of Chicago ■ Chicago Assembly ■ Chicago Connection ■ Druids Club ■ Frogs Club ■ Lunch Bunch ■ New Committee ■ Original 40 Club Of Chicago ■ Rat Pack ■ Royal Coterie Of Snakes ■ Saints ■ Sigma Pi Phi Beta-Boule ■ UIC Male Forum (now Chicago Good Health Group)
What We Believe
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.