At ELACC we believe in the development of members and their potential as leaders and organizers. Through community organizing, we work with community members to identify and lead neighborhood-based and citywide campaigns. We seek to challenge the power structures of oppression by organizing in a way that centers those historically oppressed to lead our campaigns and uphold our values of land, work, and housing as a human right. We believe that our members in the Grupo del Derecho a la Tierra (GDT), a land organizing membership, and the Los Angeles Street Vending Campaign (LASVC) represent the leadership we need in our community for radical transformation in our society.
To develop community member’s organizational commitment and feelings of ownership while increasing their practical and political skills.
To develop political consciousness (anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-capitalist) and organizing (door knocking, outreach, and public speaking) skills within our base.
To build strong relationships to transform ourselves as we strive to change the world.
To build leadership of those most impacted by the housing crisis.
HOW DO WE CHANGE LIVES
We train these individuals in our Leadership Academy. It's just seven weeks long and happens twice a year: in the Springtime for community members with a little more organizing experience and in the Fall for community members who are just beginning. By joining the academy, participants go through two levels of our curriculum. The curriculum covers introductory and advanced organizing training, introductory and advanced lessons on systems of oppression (capitalism, heterosexism, patriarchy, and white supremacy), history of land and housing under capitalism, and history of social movements. We have a strong emphasis on popular education because we believe that community members and informal economy workers have a wealth of knowledge in resisting injustice and building healthy communities and economies. Through the Leadership Academy, we create a space where member-leaders can build trust with each other and the organizing team to share vulnerable experiences with systems of oppression and strategize how our organizing works against it.