The mission of Citizens Union is to work with New Yorkers to build a democratic system worthy of the promise, for all who live in New York. Founded in 1897, we are the oldest organization established to serve as both government watchdog and nonpartisan platform to inform and build civic engagement. The health of democratic process and the effectiveness of the government produced affects our collective quality of life. We are a membership organization working in support of the present "movement of movements" moment. We are open to all, of any political or professional background, who works with others towards a cleaner, healthier democracy for New York City and State.