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Voices for Power: Our People

July 8, 2020

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In 2018, the State Voices network of 23 state coalitions and hundreds of partners radically reimagined our vision, our people, our power, and our theory of change. Watch this video to learn more about State Voices’ People. We’re ready to build power in 2020 and beyond.

The video transcript is below:

“Our Affiliated Network is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community of advocates, activists and organizers committed to building people power to transform the lives of our communities — especially those who experience oppression.

We believe that centering the leadership, experiences, voice, and votes of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), women, low-income and young people is the path to power and a thriving democracy; We are pro-TLGBQIA+, pro-BIPOC, pro-immigrant justice and pro-disability justice.

We center the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated people, low income, underemployed, and working-class people across the country in cities, suburbs, and rural communities; and We believe that a healthy democracy is one in which everyone is engaged, represented, listened to and supported regardless of race, gender, immigration status, sexuality, ability, religion, or class.

We are committed to challenging ourselves—and the institutions around us—to ensure no one is left behind in our fight for a better world. No one said freedom would be easy. But when people are oppressed, the work must be done.

Oppressed people are crying out and still being unheard. Do you hear them? Join us and lend your voice to a new, most beautiful noise. Listen closely. Listen with love. These are voices for power.”