A selected list of WNC organizations led by people of color:
Center for Participatory Change
Vision: Collective liberation. La liberación del pueblo. Mission: Igniting collective power. Transforming systems of oppression. Healing in community.
Hood Huggers International
Offers sustainable strategies for building support pillars for resilient historically African American neighborhoods, providing a framework for community capacity building while increasing the effectiveness of existing service programs. These strategies incorporate the arts, social enterprise, and the environment, building a culture of stability that inclusive and economically just. Hood Tours is the organization’s social enterprise.
A giving circle that uses collective time, talent, and treasure towards investment strategies that address education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership development towards impacting some of the most critical social issues facing African-American and Latinx communities in Asheville and Western NC.
A space for Latinos to co-exist, create, dream, organize and fight to defend rights. Nuestro Centro is a collective of autonomous groups that are also united together.
Word on the Street/La Voz de los Jovenes
Online magazine where diverse, culture-driven youth use their minds and talents to create a place to find solutions to ethnic and community issues while sharing their artistic creations.
Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Accion (CIMA)
CIMA connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina. CIMA strives for inclusive communities with justice, freedom, and equality for all.
El Centro of Henderson County
A place for Latinos to develop a sense of belonging, to share problems and to organize around issues that affect the community.
Date My City
Cultural and civic engagement in vogue.