We organize our neighbors, classmates and friends to think about systems in affecting our lives and to take action for community liberation.
ORGANIZING IN OUR FAMILIES
BARRIOS al PODER
Barrios al Poder is our family defense program. We work alongside residents to create plans to protect themselves and families from violent police practices and immigration enforcement. We connect families with legal defense plans, resources to respond to law enforcement violence and family separation, and civic engagement skills to advocate for policy changes at the local and state-level. Neighborhood by neighborhood we mobilize the power of residents to fight and win safety and justice.
ORGANIZING HIGH SCHOOLERS
Ignite is our high school youth program. Since 2014, we have built power among Phoenix Union High School District students. Through Ignite student efforts over $300 million has been secured for PUHSD through ballot overrides; the district's student handbook has been updated to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and other punitive forms of student punishment; and the district has committed to implementing more forms of restorative justice in its responses to student challenges. We currently have teams in North and Maryvale, with teams coming in 2018-2019 in Trevor Browne, Alhambra, and Carl Hayden.
TAPPING COMMUNITY COLLEGES
FREE THE PEOPLE
In 2017, we launched a new program in Maricopa County community colleges. The program focuses on building power among college students, many of whom are immigrants and DACA students, and who face increased police harassment and immigration violence because of their skin color, socio-economic level, or immigration status. We are currently focusing on students at Glendale Community College and Phoenix College.