People Organized to Win Employment Rights
POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) is based in San Francisco. It is one of several organizations in the area originally built around the now defunct revolutionary organization STORM.
- POWER builds the power of working class African Americans and Latinas in San Francisco to make change in our communities and to build a vibrant movement for economic, environmental, racial and gender justice.
Garth Ferguson, Patty Snitzler, Regina Douglas, Brian Russell and Steve Williams founded People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) on May 1, 1997. After the federal government’s passage of the welfare de-form legislation in 1996, the founders realized that welfare recipients and most low-wage workers would be facing a new social and political landscape with more cut-backs to public services and fewer quality job opportunities, so an organization committed to economic, environmental, racial and gender justice from the bottom-up was born.
From Steve Williams: Over the years hundreds of people who have served on POWER’s staff, membership, leadership bodies, and Board of Directors. They are too many to mention by name, but I do want to extend special appreciations to Alicia Garza, Jaron Browne, Jason Negron-Gonzales, Marisa Franco, Aspen Dominguez, Cindy Wiesner, Ilana Berger, Nora Calderon, Larry Lattimore, Emma Harris, Gloria Esteva, Manuela Esteva, Donaji Lona, Juana Tello, Ernest Stokes, Beatriz Herrera, Karen Gibson, Lorren Dangerfield, Jesse Tello, Regina Douglas, Garth Ferguson, Brian Russell, Patty Snitzler, Thabiti Hayes, Khalil Abdul Samad, Jane Martin.
POWER Staff, as of 2009;
- Alicia Garza, Co-Executive Director
- Aspen Branch-Moore, Director of Fundraising and Finances
- Beatriz Herrera, Women Worker's Project Organizer
- Davu Flint, Bayview Organizing Project Organizer
- Donaji Lona, Women Worker's Project Organizer
- Jaron Browne, Bayview Organizing Project Organizer
- Juana Teresa Tello, Youth In POWER Organizer
- Karen Gibson, Office Manager
- Steve Williams, Co-Executive Director
- Xochitl Bernadette Moreno, Child Care Coordinator