“Ain’t no power like the power of the people ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop!” was the message to take away from the Ella Baker Center’s15th Anniversary celebration.
The Ellas brought in hundreds of people: some new energetic activists with fresh faces, some old salty organizers willing to stop at nothing and artists of all ages ready to motivate us through the toughest times through creative and inspirational messaging.
Organizing for environmental and social justice is no easy task and the only way it’s even possible is with the power of the people.

So why do we do it?  Why do we commit ourselves so deeply to challenge the biggest, richest and most powerful corporate interests in attempts to change the existing power structure?

Now these questions will most likely produce an array of answers, just as diverse as the movement.

But, the real answer is that all of us believe in a better world, a better society for our families, children and neighbors.

Last week at the Young Nonprofit Professional Network’s annual party someone asked, ‘What do you do?’  My response was ‘I do Environmental Justice work’ and somehow I felt more empowered just by saying that.

Empowered because I know I am working in solidarity with hundreds of communities, coalitions and other nonprofits around the world.  

Just by empowering one person with the tools they need to be an effective activist, the entire community is lifted up and society will forever be impacted.

And, we will never stop because the more we push the more we win.  We refuse to be defeated.

We believe in clean air for Detroit, a healthy high school for West Oakland students and climate justice for Port Arthur.  We stand together with the residents of Richmond, CA and Durban, South Africa who are both fighting the same fight against big oil.

This work is fun and rewarding, but I do it because I can’t not do it.

We need to “be the change we want to see in the world.”  There is no other work to do until these injustices are rectified.

An injustice to one is an injustice to all and if we don’t come together and take a stand for that, who will?

We just got to keep remembering that there ain’t no power like the power of the people ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop.