Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Support the Racial Justice Work of Local Arizona-based Organizations

BLM Phoenix Metro

Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro is a Black, Queer, and Femme led organization, that centers Black people who are the most impacted and marginalized because we believe ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER. We build solidarities with other colonized folks in the Global South to end imperial rule.

We work towards Black Liberation by practicing abolition to seek true freedom of mind, body and community.

We do this through our ministries where we study decoloniality, provide community members with support and resources, foster community engagement, write blueprints for a new world, cultivate healing, and create art.

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Matriarch Ways

Organizers of Indigenous Peoples Day Arizona. On that mission from decolonize to Indigenize.

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Poder In Action

Founded in 2013, Poder in Action (previously Center for Neighborhood Leadership), focuses on leadership development, systems change, and moving local public policy.

Poder in Action’s mission is to build power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as people of color in Arizona through our lived experience, leadership development and civic participation.

Poder in Action is led by organizers who began as volunteers within the organization and created programs based on their personal experience with injustice in the immigration, criminal justice, and education systems. Each program builds community power by centering those who are most impacted by systemic oppression.


Black Girl Brown Girl Collective

About Us: We are a group of diverse women ranging from various backgrounds with a love for the arts, we affectionately refer to ourselves as the Black Girl Brown Girl Collective. However, everyone is always welcome at our events.

Mission: The Black Girl Brown Girl Collective Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that aims to celebrate and create platforms for all women to share their art through organizing educational, cultural and arts events and providing other arts-related social opportunities.  

Vision: To create a community space in South Phoenix where all women feel safe and welcome to engage in free or highly discounted, cultural, arts and educational events provided by The Black Girl Brown Girl Collective Inc.



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Alejandra Pablos

Alejandra Pablos is a reproductive justice organizer and storyteller at the intersections of mass incarceration and immigration. She shares her abortion story as an act of resistance to fight abortion stigma and bring awareness to abolition and racial justice.



Semillas Arizona

We are migrant people of color from the Barrio, generating our autonomy with:

  1. Defense courses to empower us to defend the dignity of our person and community.
  2. Politicization to strengthen our understanding of politics and oppressive systems.
  3. ​Heal our wounds collectively that have been caused by centuries of colonization.



Trans Queer Pueblo

Trans Queer Pueblo is a base-building racial and gender justice organization that is collectively governed by a growing membership of 300+ trans and queer undocumented and documented migrants and people of color in Phoenix who organize to transform our city toward fellowship, family, community autonomy, self-determination and liberation.

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MECHA originally started in the 1960s as a Chicano student organization for promoting political and cultural unity and empowerment. The organization has gone through many changes since then. Today, you do not need to be Chicano or a college student to join MECHA.

MECHA can today best be described as an internationalist anti-imperialist political organization operating in Pee Posh and O'odham land aka the valley of the sun (phoenix metro area). Internationalist means that we believe cooperation between the nations and the peoples of the world is the best way forward for humanity. Anti-imperialist means we oppose competition and exploitation between nations. MECHA is the Spanish word for fuse or wick. We believe MECHA will be the spark that starts the revolution. MECHA furthermore believes in Marxism-Leninism, democratic centralism, and decolonization and opposes colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, cisheteropatriarchy, and white-supremacy. Our goal is the empowerment and liberation of all colonized and oppressed people.

The 3 main components of MECHA are education, activism, and community work. MECHA utilizes its book club, podcast, zine, and events to discuss revolutionary ideas. MECHA organizes and hosts protests in support of causes that lead to liberation and the end of our collective oppression. MECHA also has a community garden and participates in activities that contribute to the distribution of resources and build up of community power.


Black Phoenix Organizing Collective

Black Phoenix Organizing Collective is building a bigger, better, Blacker future in Phoenix, Arizona. We practice cultural organizing among intergenerational Black folks that centers queer and trans people, formerly incarcerated, disabled people, and Muslim immigrants/refugees. BPOC is building Black power through political education and leadership development, policy advocacy and electoral strategies, and creating independent, self-reliant, and generative alternatives to systems of oppression.

We prioritize the needs of Black people through two programs: Disability Justice and Reproductive Justice.  We believe that supporting mental healthcare, holding and creating space for vulnerability is a piece of how we free ourselves as abolitionists. We are moving to breaking down harmful systems and building new ones.  We also learned that over the last year that we also have to commit ourselves to transformative justice practices even when it’s painful, or uncomfortable in all spaces.