About us

About us

ABOUT US

We are COPAL .

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.

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

HENRY JIMÉNEZ

PEGGY A. PONCE

AMANDA OTERO

RUTH MEZA

WALTER ABREGO

MÓNICA MARIA HURTADO

Our Team.

FRANCISCO SEGOVIA

Executive Director

CECILIA CALABRIA

Navigator’s Program Coordinator

CAROLINA ORTIZ

Communications Director

MARCO HERNÁNDEZ

Public Policy Director

ANDRES CID

Video & Animation Producer

DULCE MARÍA DE LA ROSA

Parent and Family Organizer

LEIDY ANTONIO

Organizer

LUIS PEREZ

Financial Controller

LESLEE GUTIÉRREZ

Environmental Justice Organizer

DAVID MALDONADO

Grants Specialist

ITZAYAN R CORONADO

Health & Wellness Coordinator

LOURDES MENJÍVAR

Regional Director

South-Central MN

DEXTER WOLFE NELSON

Radio Station Tech

DAVID PERDOMO

Community Health Educator

REBECA VALENCIA

Office & Data Manager

JOSEFINA FLANDES

Community Scope

Eddy Olson

Environmental Justice Intern

Kerem Muñoz

Radio Program Coordinator

Brenda Senteno

Communications Intern.

Ana García

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Pamela Lebert

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