Circular Work Structures

CPC’s work is now organized into circles: Racial Equity Circle, Language Justice Circle, Popular Education Circle, Core Staff, and Sustainability Circle.

Circles function as communities of praxis with specific focuses. They each inform each other, interact with each other and strengthen each other. CPC values the circle model because it provides opportunities for shared leadership, autonomy and interconnectedness, and creates spaces for learning, healing, and relationship building that build analysis for action.

Each circle determines their areas of work and corresponding plan of action, but all share a commitment to our organizational strategies. This way, the Circle participants and Coordinators have certain autonomy to determine their paths, while being bound together by organizational vision and strategies. These strategies allow the Circles to develop the relationships, trust, shared analysis and willingness to take risks together. The deeper that the relationships and shared analysis are able to go, the braver and more creative the actions become. All of our Circles’ work begin with participants’ lived experiences. From this we create shared analysis and take collective action, which not only moves us closer towards our liberation, but allows us to learn lessons that make our work stronger with each cycle of learning and practice.