WHO WE ARE
Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (or COPAL) is a new organization with a mission of: uniting Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines.
COPAL aims to achieve its mission by networking with organizations and people across ethnic communities by embracing the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing: I. Be inclusive; II. Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing; III. Let’s people Speak for Themselves; IV. Work Together in Solidarity and Mutuality; V. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves and VI. Commitment to Self-Transformation.
COPAL’s 2018 plan calls for building a mission-focused 501 c3/c4 organization that is governed and staffed by Latinx leaders who are committed to 5 key near-term strategies including:
Robust latinx voter engagement in several key cities in Minnesota;
School of Democracy and Leadership training;
Ensuring Latinx issues and voices are present in the Our Minnesota Future (OMF) agenda;
Organizing a Minnesota Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Alliance.