About us

About us

COPAL Comunidades Organizando el poder y la accion latina

ABOUT US

We are COPAL .

COPAL is a grassroots organization that seeks to impact the quality of life for Latinos in MN through working on public policy, leadership, and community service.

Communities organizing Latino power and action.

It was formed in January 2018. Since its launch, the organization has grown to include 10 staff members, a base of more than 150 volunteers, and more than 12,000 supporters across the state.

OUR

Mission

Unite Latinos in Minnesota in a community democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice.

OUR

Vision

Build a world that is fair, equitable, enjoyable, and environmentally sustainable for all.

COPAL Comunidades Organizando el poder y la accion latina

Jemez Principles

Building a just society requires the creativity of many, therefore, COPAL seeks to partner with organizations and individuals guided by the Jémez Principles for Democratic Organization:

If we hope to achieve just societies that include all people in decision-making and assure that all people have an equitable share of the wealth and the work of this world, then we must work to build that kind of inclusiveness into our own movement in order to develop alternative policies and institutions to the treaties policies under neo- liberalism.

This requires more than tokenism, it cannot be achieved without diversity at the planning table, in staffing, and in coordination. It may delay achievement of other important goals, it will require discussion, hard work, patience, and advance planning. It may involve conflict, but through this conflict, we can learn better ways of working together. It’s about building alternative institutions, movement building, and not compromising out in order to be accepted into the anti-globalization club.

To succeed, it is important to reach out into new constituencies, and to reach within all levels of leadership and membership base of the organizations that are already involved in our networks. We must be continually building and strengthening a base which provides our credibility, our strategies, mobilizations, leadership development, and the energy for the work we must do daily.

We must be sure that relevant voices of people directly affected are heard. Ways must be provided for spokespersons to represent and be responsible to the affected constituencies. It is important for organizations to clarify their roles, and who they represent, and to assure accountability within our structures.

Groups working on similar issues with compatible visions should consciously act in solidarity, mutuality and support each other’s work. In the long run, a more significant step is to incorporate the goals and values of other groups with your own work, in order to build strong relationships. For instance, in the long run, it is more important that labor unions and community economic development projects include the issue of environmental sustainability in their own strategies, rather than just lending support to the environmental organizations. So communications, strategies and resource sharing is critical, to help us see our connections and build on these.

We need to treat each other with justice and respect, both on an individual and an organizational level, in this country and across borders. Defining and developing “just relationships” will be a process that won’t happen overnight. It must include clarity about decision-making, sharing strategies, and resource distribution. There are clearly many skills necessary to succeed, and we need to determine the ways for those with different skills to coordinate and be accountable to one another.

As we change societies, we must change from operating on the mode of individualism to

community-centeredness. We must “walk our talk.” We must be the values that we say we’re struggling for and we must be justice, be peace, be community.

As we change societies, we must shift from operating in individualism mode to focusing on community. We must “walk our talk”. We must be the values that we say we are fighting for and we must be justice, peace and community.

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Board of Directors.

Erika Hernandez COPAL

ERIKA HERNANDEZ

Henry Jimenez COPAL

HENRY JIMÉNEZ

Peggy Ponce COPAL

PEGGY A. PONCE

Amanda Otero COPAL

AMANDA OTERO

Jessica Aliaga-Froelke

Oscar Chacón

Ruth Meza COPAL

RUTH MEZA

Walter Abrego COPAL

WALTER ABREGO

Monica Maria Hurtado

MÓNICA MARIA HURTADO

Our Team.

Executive Leadership

Francisco Segovia COPAL

FRANCISCO SEGOVIA

Executive Director

Carolina Ortiz COPAL

CAROLINA ORTIZ

Associate Executive Director

David Maldonado COPAL

DAVID MALDONADO

Grants Specialist

Luis Pérez COPAL

LUIS PEREZ

Financial Controller

Moriah OMalley COPAL member

Moriah O’Malley

Development Director

Rebeca Valencia COPAL

REBECA VALENCIA

Office Manager

Communications

Clara Ugarte Miembro COPAL

Clara Ugarte Perrin

Communications Director

Andrés Cid COPAL

ANDRES CID

Video & Animation Producer

Brenda Senteno COPAL

Brenda Senteno

Audiovisual Technician

Eduardo Chavez COPAL

EDUARDO CHÁVEZ

Graphic Designer

Mike Castillo COPAL Member

Mike Castillo

Radio Coordinator

Rosie Thale miembro de COPAL

Rosie Thale

Communications Specialist

Health and Wellness

Cecilia Calabria COPAL

CECILIA CALABRIA

Health and Wellness Director

Dulce María De La Rosa COPAL

DULCE MARÍA DE LA ROSA

Community Outreach

Guadalupe Antonio COPAL member

Guadalupe Antonio

Engagement & Vaccination Clinic Assistant

Mónica Sosa Arriaza COPAL Member

Mónica Sosa Arriaza

Engagement & Vaccination Clinic Assistant

Vanessa Ramírez Gavilán COPAL

Vanessa Ramírez Gavilán

Community Engagement and Navigator

Organizing

Ryan Pérez

Political Campaign Manager

David Perdomo COPAL

DAVID PERDOMO

Organizer - Rochester

Eduardo Penasco COPAL Member

Eduardo Peñasco

Immigration and Democracy Organizer

Esha Mohammed Abdallah

CE Exchange Fellow

Pavel Rahman

CE Exchange Fellow

Peter Garner

Organizer - Mankato

Sasha Lewis-Norelle

Frontline Communities Protection Coalition Organizer

South Central Initiative

Lourdes Menjívar COPAL

LOURDES MENJÍVAR

Regional Director

South-Central MN

Ana Gracía COPAL

Ana García

Administrative Assistant and Community Engagement

Workers' Center

Claudia Lainez Miembro de COPAL

Claudia Lainez

Workers' Center Coordinator

Itzayan COPAL

Itzayan Rocha-Coronado

Employment & Career Counselor

Tim COPAL

Tim Schaefer

Legal ADVOCATE

Ally Wilson

Education Coordinator

Francisco Segovia COPAL

FRANCISCO SEGOVIA

Executive Director

Cecilia Calabria COPAL

CECILIA CALABRIA

Health and Wellness Director

Carolina Ortiz COPAL

CAROLINA ORTIZ

Associate Executive Director

Andrés Cid COPAL

ANDRES CID

Video & Animation Producer

Dulce María De La Rosa COPAL

DULCE MARÍA DE LA ROSA

Parent and Family Organizer

Leidy Antonio COPAL

LEIDY ANTONIO

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Luis Pérez COPAL

LUIS PEREZ

Financial Controller

David Maldonado COPAL

DAVID MALDONADO

Grants Specialist

Itzayan COPAL

Itzayan Rocha-Coronado

Employment & Career Counselor

Lourdes Menjívar COPAL

LOURDES MENJÍVAR

Regional Director

South-Central MN

Dexter Wolfe Nelson

DEXTER WOLFE NELSON

Radio Station Tech

David Perdomo COPAL

DAVID PERDOMO

Community Health Educator

Rebeca Valencia COPAL

REBECA VALENCIA

Office Manager

Brenda Senteno COPAL

Brenda Senteno

Audiovisual Technician

Ana Gracía COPAL

Ana García

Administrative Assistant and Community Engagement

Eduardo Chavez COPAL

EDUARDO CHÁVEZ

Graphic Designer

Elmer SantaCruz COPAL

Elmer SantaCruz

Lead Labor Organizer

Tim COPAL

Tim Schaefer

Legal ADVOCATE

Vanessa Ramírez Gavilán COPAL

Vanessa Ramírez Gavilán

Navigator

Eduardo Penasco COPAL Member

Eduardo Peñasco

Immigration and Democracy Organizer

Claudia Lainez Miembro de COPAL

Claudia Lainez

Employment and Career Counselor

Mike Castillo COPAL Member

Mike Castillo

Radio Coordinator

Mónica Sosa Arriaza COPAL Member

Mónica Sosa Arriaza

Engagement & Vaccination Clinic Assistant

Clara Ugarte Miembro COPAL

Clara Ugarte Perrin

Communications Director

Moriah OMalley COPAL member

Moriah O’Malley

Development Director

Mari Hermeding COPAL member

Mari Hermeding

Environmental Justice Intern

Guadalupe Antonio COPAL member

Guadalupe Antonio

Engagement & Vaccination Clinic Assistant

Rosie Thale miembro de COPAL

Rosie Thale

Communications Specialist

Siri Vorvick COPAL member

Siri Vorvick

Environmental Justice and Communications Intern

Peter Garner

Field Organizer

Ryan Pérez

Political Campaign Manager