Through leadership development, strategic alliances, and community action campaigns, POWER empowers low-income families, workers and youth in the Bay Area to achieve economic and social justice in our communities and workplaces.
What We Do
Our organizational priority is to build a San Francisco where everyone can thrive. In order to do that, we aim to decrease the widening gap between rich and poor in our City. We believe that there is enough for everyone to thrive.
All Transit to the People is building a public transportation system that is equitable, builds the economy, and is ecologically sustainable. We led the school district, community organizations, and elected officials to create a 2 year pilot program for free public transportation for low and moderate income youth. We released a report with the DataCenter and Urban Habitat (Next Stop: Justice--Race and Environment at the Center of Transit Planning) which names our vision for a better transportation system that serves all of us. We organize immigrant women workers to win fair labor standards and immigration policies. We support low income youth of color to be change agents. We work to stem the tide of displacement of African American families that has plagued San Francisco for the last ten years. Currently, San Francisco is losing Black families faster than any other major US city outside of post-Katrina New Orleans.
For 16 years, POWER has raised the minimum wage to one of the highest in the country; won $1million dollars for improvements in public housing; won free transportation for welfare recipients; won more than $750,000 in assistance for low income homeowners in the City's largest remaining Black neighborhood; won free transportation for 40,000 low and moderate income youth in San Francisco; stopped the transfer of toxic parcels to the City for development until those parcels had been completely remediated to residential living standards; reduced the number of suspensions and expulsions of youth of color in San Francisco schools through a Restorative Justice policy at the School District. Last year, we identified and turned out more than 10,000 voters in low-income communities for progressive taxation measures.