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:
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
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.