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.

 

 

The Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective is an anti-violence program led by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color. We are devoted to challenging hate and police violence by using community based strategies rather than relying on the police.

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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.

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The 3rd Space Support program seeks to work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color (LGBTSTGNC POC) who struggle with issues around employment, education, health care and immigration status. It is a place to give and receive sustainable support; where creation, invention and innovation will be practiced.  We will draw from our resilience to support ourselves.

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Since the Audre Lorde Project first opened its doors in the summer of 1996, volunteers have been essential in building every aspect of ALP from setting up computer systems, to developing ALP's newsletter, to organizing events, to setting the direction and vision for ALP's work.

During the spring of 2010 The Audre Lorde Project launched a new membership program that provides a way for you to take part in the work of ALP whether you have a lot of time or just a little.

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