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Transformational Community Initiatives
Below are transformational community initiatives led by people of color, community media, and consultants to color, all of which I am or have been engaged with at some level. There are many other incredible local efforts worth supporting which are not listed here – this list is a starting place for discovering the power and potential that exists in WNC and the South. ~ Ami Worthen
Artists Designing Evolution – The adé PROJECT
An initiative to actualize equity, spark creative inquiry + reclaim the narrative.
Center for Participatory Change (CPC)
Igniting Collective Power. Transforming Systems of Oppression. Healing in Community.
Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA)
CIMA connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina.
CoThinkk is a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina. I am proud to be a founding member.
Date My City
Cultural and civic engagement in vogue. Founded by Sheneika Smith.
Hood Huggers International
The Art of Resilience: Rebuilding Affrilachia. Tours of historically African American neighborhoods (Hood Tours), community accountability consulting, and other services.
JMPRO TV produces live programs, reports, cultural notes, and interviews about issues affecting our community (such as racial equity, immigration, education, health, etc.). Topics are reported by the people most impacted. The cover photo of this page – of one of CPC’s annual celebrations – is by JMPRO.
Nuestro Centro’s goal is “to transform our reality empowering those directly affected by injustice, developing their leadership, auto advocacy, and action towards liberation.” They coordinate the RAICES dance troop and much more.
Southerners on New Ground
SONG envisions a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.
Youth programs: Youth Transformed for Life (YTL), Delta House, My Sistah Taught Me That, My Daddy Taught Me That, Christine Avery Learning Center, and Word on the Street (see below). The Colorful Pages Coalition donates diverse books to classrooms.
Word on the Street/La Voz de Los Jovenes
An online magazine run by youth of color.
WRES 100.7 FM
Black-run low-powered radio station.
The Urban News
Black-owned monthly newspaper.
The Asheville Blade
Essential investigative reporting.