It is with both excitement and heavy hearts that we, Ruth and Hashim, announce that we will both soon be transitioning out of our respective roles as Lead Organizer and Executive Director of Power U. Beginning this June, Ruth will be dedicating her time to birth justice work, expanding her role as a doula. Hashim will be moving out of state to join his partner, Tiffany, who is embarking on an exciting new career opportunity. We are proud of the impact our collective leadership has had on Power U. Here are some of the organizational accomplishments that have been achieved during our tenure:
- Our various program components were consolidated into a single focused strategy of youth organizing with a reproductive justice lens in order to transform our schools and build broader community power;
- Our base of youth activists and leaders has nearly doubled;
- We are launching a new initiative to build a mass base of community support through integrated voter engagement;
- Power U increased it’s leadership in local and national movement alliances;
- We fortified Power U’s operational and administrative capacities through a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Highlander Center for Research and Education;
- Our budget grew by nearly 90%
As these achievements attest, Power U is the strongest it’s been in years. That is why, as we step into this transition, we are confident that this organization is poised to grow even stronger in the years ahead. Power U will continue to fight for liberation and center the experiences of Black people. This organization will uplift #BlackGirlsMIA, demand that our public schools #EndWarOnYouth and implement #RestorativeJustice, and make sure that we use our collective voices to scream #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter.
We know there is important work to be done. So our staff, board, and member leaders are working diligently to make this leadership transition as smooth as possible. And though we are leaving our current roles, our commitment to this movement is lifelong and Power U will always hold a central place in our hearts.
For the sake of Love and Liberation,
Ruth and Hashim