The Congress of Latino Organizations works to develop Latino leaders throughout North Carolina, so they can be prepared to act on issues affecting them at a local, state, and federal level.
RELATIONS ACROSS LINES
Relational organizing is the foundation of all of our work. Relational organizing requires developing relationships of trust among a diverse array of institutions and their leaders.
This model of broad-based organizing has been developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) over the last sixty years, and engages leaders in a cycle of organizing that incorporates:
- identifying and developing leaders within and across member institutions;
- building relationships among leaders of diverse backgrounds, both one-on-one (individual meetings), and in larger groups
- discerning the issues that motivate broad participation and can lead to successful action within each member organization
- engaging in strategic action around issues that have been identified, researched, and negotiated within and between member institutions
- reflecting and evaluating during every step of the cycle to ensure that leaders deepen their understanding of their experience, and continue to improve their organizing skills
The NCCLO is committed to the nurturing of local leadership, the strengthening of grassroots organizations and the active participation of organizations and their leaders creating solutions to their own problems.
The staff and consultants of the Congress provide the leaders of member and allied organizations with access to training opportunities to increase their capacity to affect change in their communities.
The provision of capacity building takes place through:
1) regional and statewide academies where leaders obtain and practice organizational development and community organizing skills;
2) On site technical assistance tailored to the specific needs of the organization
COMMON AGENDA OF CHANGE
Research actions to understand issues and potential solutions. We do power analysis so we identify targets, allies and resources. The common agenda of change develops the action and formulates demands.
To get recognition from people or institutions that hold power, and get a specific reaction to our action. A collective action, develops leaders.
The North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations (NCCLO) is a nonpartisan broad-based network of grassroots organizations who came together since 2002, to build collective power to ensure the fair treatment and equal opportunities of immigrants.
During the last 16 years, NCCLO has organized eight collective public actions with average participation at each of 1,000+ leaders from across the state. The actions are public negotiations with decision makers at different levels which have focused on farmworker rights, immigration reform, access to health care and education, among others.
NCCLO has trained over 1,000 leaders in community organizing in North Carolina.
NCCLO/IAF COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MODEL
The Latino Congress builds relations across the lines than often divides our community. Fosters capacity in the Latino community through leadership development, and generates spaces for the immigrants to come together and participate in common agendas of change in a collective and disciplined action at a local, state and federal level.
Call to action! Join us in building power to demand for:
- Stop the practice of the Sheriff and/or Police, of honoring ICE detainers requests
- Stop checkpoints that leads to deportations
- Driving License for safer
- Affordable Housing
- Bilingual staff at health and education public services
- Universal pre-k
- School Safety
Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)
The Latino Congress is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations. The IAF created the modern model of faith- and broad-based organizing and is widely recognized as having the strongest track record in the nation for citizen leadership development and for helping congregations and other civic organizations act on their missions to achieve lasting change in the world.