Our explicit goal is to create change through collective power, so that we can mobilize community residents to address systemic problems they face. We will provide a safe space, where will educate ourselves and the community, share resources, plus network to gain access.
We recognize that history, the economic system, unequal opportunities, and physical/mental abilities have created a non-level field. In all of our activities, internal and external, we will make a priority of the needs of those who are disadvantaged by the system. Those involved will not exclude anyone based on: race; social or economic status, national origin, sexuality, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, religious belief, or lack thereof, citizenship, or criminal record, including incarceration.
A few years ago, a small group of organizers during the Occupy movement came together to form an organization that would work in solidarity with frontline communities, community organizations, organizers, and political strategists to break away from working in silos to work in collective action on similar issues. Since then POWER has worked with many organizations, organizers, strategists as well as conducted public speaking and training workshops around the United States. POWER draws its framework around traditions, figures, and groups through their work over the decades. Examples of this, but not limited to, are: anarchism, socialism, intersectional feminism, deep ecology, liberation theology, punk, hip-hop, Paulo Freire, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Iris Morales, Grace Lee Boggs, Guerrila Girls, the Yes Men, Young Lords, Black Panthers, Zapatisas, Landless Workers’ Movement, SWOP-USA.