People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER) is a membership-based community organizing group. We employ a community organizing strategy based on relationship building and direct action to create meaningful change in the neighborhoods where we work. We start locally, working on issues that matter to people in our communities, such as affordable housing, community safety, and quality education. We then connect our issues to those of our national network, National People's Action (NPA), and we are part of a national movement focused on building an economy that works for everybody, challenging corporate power, and winning increasingly more inclusive and democratic government policies.
POWER brings together residents of low-income communities, people of color, women, senior citizens, and immigrants to work together for their collective benefit. These collective campaigns form bonds and relationships that last a lifetime.
POWER organizes in LA neighborhoods to develop lifelong leaders to who exceed their own expectation of themselves through direct action, who build power through relationship-building, who learn to negotiate from a place of power to win progressive changes that impact their community and help build an equitable city.
POWER is committed to fighting for economic justice on a local and national level through campaigns such as implementing participatory budgeting in the Housing Authority of the City of LA, defending the human right to housing of the undocumented immigrants living in public and subsidized housing, and implementing a $15/hr. minimum wage with paid sick leave and wage-theft protections in LA City and County.