ABOUT US

 The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice

We are a team of organizations who believe in the power of community and taking action.
Our goal is to equip our fellow Louisianans with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice, and learn where and when to use it.

OUR FRAMEWORK

The Power Coalition is building an integrated civic engagement strategy that amplifies the voices of those who have historically been ignored, and organize them into a unified movement. 

This movement is framed by a commitment to the following shared principles:

1. THE PEOPLE CLOSEST TO THE PROBLEM ARE CLOSEST TO THE SOLUTION

Those who are directly affected by harmful policies and inequitable systems should lead the movement for change.

2. GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE TO CITIZENS FOR ITS ACTIONS

Louisiana is at its best when it fulfills its Constitution’s promise to “secure justice for all, preserve peace, protect the rights, and promote the happiness and general welfare of the people."

3. INTERSECTIONALITY IS MANDATORY IN POLICY ADVOCACY

Power is built by working together across issue and policy areas, and constructing a shared frame for advocacy with one voice.

OUR WORK

 

We are a coalition of community-based organizations who work together to educate and empower voters across Louisiana. Through our voter engagement and community organizing work, we seek to unify our collective voices into a stronger, more cohesive force that can successfully advocate for an agenda of shared values and issues.

Our work is diverse and includes power mapping, listening sessions, organizing, voter engagement, policy/advocacy and leadership development. It is centered on creating spaces where community can come together to lift up the issues that impact them, and then connect those issues to local, regional and national resources–including the state voter file–to move our shared agenda. 

 

Make your voice heard.

In 2016, The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice mobilized constituencies with a targeted voting strategy to push for real voice and power by reaching more than 30,000 infrequent voters of color statewide, including Jefferson, Orleans, Calcasieu, Terrebonne, East Baton Rouge, Ouachita, Caddo and Bossier parishes.

In 2017, PCEJ focused on increasing the mobilizing capacity of our partners by moving to a paperless program for the Orleans Parish elections. We recorded over 53,000 contact attempts in the 2017 Orleans parish elections, increasing voter turnout of infrequent voters we successfully contacted by more than 15%. Our 2017 Voter Contact report provides a more complete picture of our work in the past year.

OUR IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

181,133

The Power Coalition made 181,133 attempts to contact voters in Orleans Parish

55,241

The Power Coalition reached out to 55,241 different voters in Orleans Parish

14,029

The Power Coalition successfully contacted 14,029 different voters in Orleans Parish

15 %

Infrequent Voters successfully contacted by the Power Coalition voted at a rate 15% higher than infrequent voters that the Power Coalition was not able to contact

PARTNERSHIPS

We have been working to support, strengthen, and build long-term infrastructure that can move the needle on the persistent systems that continue to hold vulnerable and marginalized populations hostage in Louisiana. The Power Coalition is made up of nonprofit and community organizations across Louisiana that share information and resources as they all engage in the long-term development of historically underserved communities.

Learn More About Our Partners

OUR TEAM

Ashley Shelton

Executive Director

Morgan Shannon

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Peter Robins-Brown

Communications Director

Dynisha Hugle

Data & Targeting Manager

Janea Jamison

Program Manager

Frequently Asked Questions About Power Coalition

The Power Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan collection of base-building and advocacy groups working to address the systems that have kept Louisiana at or near the bottom of almost every quality of life indicator in the country. We address these systems through strategic investments and state organizational alignment that focus on building the power and resources necessary to elect and hold leaders accountable for making decisions on the issues that are most important to the lives of their constituents.

The Power Coalition is excited to bring people together throughout Louisiana to discuss the issues affecting their communities and support their efforts to push for change.

We hope to work with our partner organizations to:

  • Build stronger communities.
  • Work with community members so their voices impact issues that matter to them.
  • Help to create leadership opportunities for community members to build their power.

No it does not. The Power Coalition is nonpartisan, and unaffiliated with any political party or organization. Through its leadership, the Coalition supports and enhances grassroots mobilization efforts with policy, information, and a common message.

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