Grassroots Partners of the Center for Participatory Change
In the area of economic justice, our partners include both worker-owned cooperative businesses that are creating new income opportunities, and also organizations advocating for workers’ rights, living wage policies, and other economic justice issues.
Racial justice partners include organizations that promote power and leadership in communities of color, including African American, Latino, Cherokee and Hmong communities; grassroots groups working to address racial privilege and oppression and reduce racial disparities; and networks that bring people together across racial and cultural lines.
Since 2000, CPC has supported more than 150 grassroots groups, community-based organizations and worker-owned businesses across Western North Carolina. Some recent grassroots partners are listed below. Those with websites are linked, and we invite you to visit them and explore some of the incredible grassroots justice work happening in Western North Carolina!
African American Coalition of Western North Carolina is a coalition of African American grassroots groups that came together in 2007 to make connections among the region’s African American communities.
Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council partnered with CPC on convening and hosting public dialogues on immigration and on sexual orientation.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, in Watauga and surrounding counties, is a collaboration of women involved in small farms who organize the High County Farm Tour and offer workshops on food and food systems for new and seasoned growers.
Campaign for Southern Equality, Buncombe County, is a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights.
Centro Comunitario Hispano Americano, Transylvania County, provides information and referrals for Latinos in Transylvania County and helps build Latino leadership.
Centro de Enlace, Yancey County, serves as an immigrant resource center and cultural center, providing information and referral, community organizing, and support for local projects.
Centro Latino y de Solidaridad, Macon County, provides resources to Latinos in the Franklin area.
Centro Unido Latino Americano, McDowell County, works to strengthen the community of McDowell County by providing information, educational opportunities and support to Latin Americans through direct service, advocacy and cultural events while building bridges of understanding and opportunity for everyone in the county.
Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, works to enhance the lives of the people through reclaiming the seven traditional Cherokee values: spirituality, harmony, education, a sense of place, honoring the past, strong character, and a sense of humor.
Christians for a United Community, Buncombe County, is a coalition of African American and European American churches working on dismantling the root causes of racism and eliminating racial disparities.
Coalición de Organizaciones Latino Americanas (COLA) is a coalition of Latino organizations across 20 counties that organizes gatherings, coordinates advocacy efforts, offers immigrant rights workshops and provides training and support for Latino-led groups.
Community of the Beloved, Buncombe County, is a group that acts out their love of God, neighbors, and self to provide a gathering space where people grow and heal while discovering and sharing their gifts and where people help and empower each other in a safe environment.
Grahamtown Team, Rutherford County, is a coalition focusing on the redevelopment of the Grahamtown community in Forest City.
Green Muse Home Cleaning, Henderson County, is a worker-owned cleaning business using green cleaning products, owned and operated by immigrant women.
Home Cleaning Professionals, Buncombe County, is a worker-owned, eco-friendly cleaning business that is owned and controlled by immigrant women.
Instituto de Desarollo Humano, Haywood County, is a Latino group coming together to build the capacity, skills and educational capacities of local Latino youth and adults.
Just Economics, Buncombe and Transylvania Counties, organizes living wage campaigns, operates a Living Wage Employer Certification Program, and runs a leadership development program for low wage workers.
Justice Initiative, Henderson County, is a multi-racial effort to hold public agencies accountable for ensuring that immigrants’ rights are respected in Henderson County.
Latino Advocacy Coalition, Henderson County, runs a Latino center in Hendersonville with programs focusing on worker advocacy, English language classes, women’s groups, cultural activities, and information and referral.
Mangos Mexican Gourmet Co-op, Henderson County, is a worker-owned catering business serving western NC, owned and operated by immigrant women.
Neighbors in Ministry, Transylvania County, is a multi-racial organization offering an academic mentoring program, parent empowerment and racial equity training.
Nuestro Centro, Buncombe County, is a Latino center that provides advocacy opportunities, information and referral to Latinos in the greater Asheville area.
One Dozen Who Care, Cherokee County, is an African American women’s organization that conducts an annual Multicultural Women’s Development Conference, youth mentoring, and educational and cultural programs.
Opportunity Threads, Burke County, is a worker-owned cut and sew textile plant run by immigrant workers in Morganton.
Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center, Haywood County, is a multi-racial organization that conducts a summer youth enrichment program, computer classes, community dinners, and cultural events.
Workers’ Center of Western North Carolina provides educational resources, support, referral and advocacy services to low-wage and immigrant workers in Western North Carolina.