We are organizing and developing the leadership of Black and Brown youth and Black women in South Florida so that they may help lead the struggle to liberate all oppressed people.
Principles of Unity
Power U believes that the systems of White Supremacy , Capitalism , and Heteropatriarchy are the roots of oppression in our society. To fight these forms of oppression and win Human Rights, Power U strives to uphold the following principles in ourselves, our organization, and our movement for social justice:
In 2001, Denise Perry co-founded Power U Center for Social Change, rooted in Miami’s historically Black community of Overtown. Power U has equipped residents to challenge the displacement of low-income families by gentrification, blocking the proposed use of public land for luxury condominiums in the neighborhood. Other Power U projects are training youth to have a voice in school policies and engaging women in childbirth classes that also introduce them to social justice organizing increasing women leaders.
Statewide Alliance Group
- Despite his position on anti-BDS legislation, Gillum seemed like someone who comrades could work with in office.
- Falling in line with the New Confederacy, DeSantis was less concerned with changing liberal minds than attacking liberal ideologies, making inaccurate associations of his opponent, and getting conservative voters to the polls.
- One door hanger asked the question, “Does this sound familiar?” It depicted a picture of a street mural, by a local artist, of Andrew Gillum. Underneath the picture were the words, “Andrew Gillum: Another Big Government, Socialist Dictator” followed by three more street murals of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez. It boldly proclaimed, “Don’t let the socialists take over Florida! Republicans must vote, there’s too much at stake.”
- On one hand, the door hanger was laughable, while on the other, it spoke to the intentional decision of grassroots organizations and a union to work collectively as Statewide Alliance Group. SWAG specifically consists of: The New Florida Majority, Dream Defenders, Organize Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, SEIU, Faith in Florida, and Central Florida Jobs with Justice.
- The Dream Defenders (DD) took a deep dive in community to create an ideology reminiscent of the Black Panther Party Ten Point Program with seven freedoms. DD launched the #freedompapers, claiming #thisistheyear, focusing on building with community to target private prison corporations, like GEO Group, and transform the Florida political landscape.
- Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) along with Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and United We Dream focused on immigrant rights and abolishing ICE. The New Florida Majority (NFM), SEIU, Faith in Florida, Jobs with Justice, and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Electoral Justice Project appealed to their vast membership bases.
- In addition, the Miami Workers Center (MWC) centered the Movement for Black Women and Girls with Soul Sista’s. Power U Center for Social Change continues to inform youth. Community Justice Project (CJP) supported Poetry for the People’s, Maroon Poetry Festival, which amplified the Black Arts Movement and use of art in activism.
- The age old social justice organizations such as NAACP, ACLU, Faith in Florida, PACT, and the likes, also joined the effort to get Amendment 4 passed. All used the same messaging in their conversations which advocated for a Yes Vote on Amendment 4. The strategy was to restore the rights of over 1.4 million voters as freedom voters.
- It was a brilliant, coordinated strategy in alignment and consistent communication that is beginning to consolidate a united front against the New Confederacy in Florida.
Staff of Power U
Power U staff, 2015;
- Denise Perry - Executive Director
- Hashim Benford - Director of Power U
- Jermaine Banks
- Annie Thomas - youth organizer
Power U people
Jarrel Jones April 24, 2014 ·
"True leaders don't create followers...... they create more leaders!" Thank you Power U Center for Social Change molding us into today's leaders. Great leaders behind the madness Julia Daniel Denise Perry Nancirulia La Cuata Ruth Jeannoel Elandria Williams Alana Greer Elizabeth Poppy Grace Meena Jagannath — with Ruth Thomas and Shamako Carr.
Nancirulia La Cuata, Power U Center for Social Change's You Can't Build Peace with a Piece April 3, 2013 Day of Action! — with Alana Greer, Terrance VesSoul, Julio Calderon, Fiorella Bazan, Low One-hundred, Tyrone Brown, Meena Jagannath, Danilo Balladares, Shammgod Carr, Carlos A. Sanchez Savinon, Ruth Thomas, Ded Cooter, Jarrel Jones, Amir Whitaker, Juiicy Redd Bull Jay, Mahal Lee Bryant, Shamako Carr, Latraveus Mcwhorter, Ana Laura Trevino and Julia Daniel.