When we lead from a position of community power, we’re much more likely to be successful, without having to compromise our people or values.
I could only work harder to assert the voices and daily experiences of my communities in the narrow halls of power where decisions are being made.
As white women with less education and experience got higher titles and more money, I realized I needed to secure leadership and professional development opportunities for myself.
I believe that the most effective way to create lasting, positive change is organizing directly-affected community members to demand their needs be met.
Six years ago, as a community organizer at 9to5 Colorado, I was with our Board of Directors, leaders, and members talking about paid family medical leave.