Community

Community

ALP’s primary strategy is community organizing inclusive of leadership development. We define community organizing as a strategic process for building people’s (our communities’) collective power to achieve self-determination and justice including:

  • Ensuring that community members (those indigenous to LGBTSTGNC POC communities) are the ones who identify key problems and issues (where inequality is felts most) ALP chooses to work on.
  • Bringing community together to identify solutions based on collective action and response – to build people power.
  • Building a base of community members that understands and strategically uses community organizing to further justice work. We understand that building this base requires ongoing training, skills-building and other opportunities to develop analysis, organizing and leadership indigenous to our communities. This includes ongoing leadership development as well as support of institution-building within LGBTSTGNC POC communities.
  • Identifying and directly confronting institutions and individuals that are oppressive to our communities, so that we can work together to change power relations that perpetuate or cause inequality. Our strategies and tactics include direct action, coalition-building and strategies that rely upon – and build – collective power.

ALP’s community organizing work is driven by working groups made up of volunteers directly affected by issues that our campaigns prioritize. Staff members are also members of working groups and partner to coordinate and lead work. To support organizing campaigns and build health and wellness, ALP also has a central resource center that supports our organizing work.

3rd Space Support

Contact 3rd Space Support if you want to build community, connect to organizing, share skills, need support advocating within the system, need resources and want to encourage each other in our struggles both inside and outside the system.
The 3rd Space Support program works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color communities who are facing the greatest barriers to survival with issues around employment, education, health care and immigration status.

Membership

In direct response to our community the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) has created a membership structure that holds the needs of our organizing areas and commitment to community building, political education, skills building, holistic health and wellness. Our new membership structure provides multiple ways to be a part of The Audre Lorde Project, whether you have a lot of time or just a little.

Safe OUTside the System: the SOS Collective

The SOS Collective works to challenge violence that affects LGBTSTGNC people of color. We are guided by the belief that strategies that increase the police presence and the criminalization of our communities do not create safety. Therefore we utilize strategies of community accountability to challenge violence.

TransJustice

TransJustice is a political group created by and for Trans and Gender Non-conforming people of color. TransJustice works to mobilize its communities and allies into action on the pressing political issues they face, including gaining access to jobs, housing, and education; the need for Trans-sensitive healthcare, HIV-related services, and job-training programs; resisting police, government and anti-immigrant violence.