We are highlighting this organization because it engages in a “community justice”-oriented approach to political change.
City Life/Vida Urbana is a 40-year-old bilingual, community organization whose mission is to fight for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy. In organizing poor and working class people of diverse race and nationalities, they promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders, and are building a movement to effect systemic change and transform society.
Example of their community justice framework:
We believe that people must have the power to control their own lives, develop their own understanding about their situation, break the silence and tell the story of their struggles in facing displacement, and be involved in making decisions that affect their community and themselves.
Types of projects and programs:
- Leadership Development and Political Education
- Anti-Displacement Organizing
- Coalition/Movement Organizing
- Cultural Organizing and the Arts