Who We Are
Poder is a Spanish word with dual meaning. As a verb, it means “to be able to,” and as a noun it means “power.”
Our community’s power will be nurtured through revolutionary love to create confident and fulfilled individuals so that they may reach their highest aspirations.
Poder NC Action is a 501c4 nonprofit organization that builds people power in the growing Latinx community in North Carolina -- through traditional community organizing and innovative technologies -- by investing in leadership development, educating the public about issues and elections, and intentional base-building for long-term movement wins.
Poder NC is inspired by Mijente and their orientation towards “our people.” We share this groundedness which was the result of tireless liberation work between queer Black women and queer Latinas. Thanks to their work, we too can echo our principles as being fiercely pro-Black, pro-Latinx, pro-LGBTQ+, and pro-Reproductive Justice.
Poder’s base is young Latinxs and their peers. Many of our members are in rural North Carolina.
Community: all of us, Latinxs con o sin papeles
Leadership: “accepting responsibility for enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty.”
Organizing: “leadership that enables people to turn the resources they have into the power they need to make the change they want.”
Accountability: we take responsibility for what we do & believe in holding our leaders responsible when they do right by our people and when they don’t