A People’s Movement:

Advancing. Confronting. Connecting.

POWER is an interfaith organization committed to building communities of opportunity that work for all. We represent over 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

POWER is a proud member of the Faith in Action (Formerly PICO) and Partnership for Working Families Networks.

Voter Engagement 2020

Our voter engagement work is crucial in ensuring that our Black and Brown communities are seen and heard! It is our life’s work to make sure that these communities “Get Out To Vote” and follow through in exercising their political power. We’re speaking with OUR people about what freedom could and should look like. Our votes, our voices, and the push to reclaim our power brings us closer to that reality.

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Covid-19 Update:

During this pandemic, we will not gather publicly but will continue our work through online meetings and actions. We encourage everyone to remain at home and practice social distancing. We must all do our part to protect public health. If you’re feeling alone, consider watching our Multi-Faith Service for Faith Healing and Action in our Times – your community is here for you! In the meantime, our work continues in the hopes that during the next outbreak our communities have ALL of their needs met.

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Building Communities of Opportunity that Work for All

POWER works with faith communities in Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania to address local and statewide issues while simultaneously strengthening the life of our congregations. Our path to creating a more just world involves teaching people of faith how to build and exercise their own power to address root cause of the daily injustices they face.

At the center of our faith-based community organizing efforts is the belief in potential transformation – of people, institutions, and our larger culture. This belief stems directly from the shared principles of our faith communities and influences the way our leaders relate to public officials, to community members, and to one another. Click here to learn more.

Education Justice

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Economic Dignity

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Climate Justice

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Lifting Up a Moral Voice with Political Muscle

POWER is non-partisan and is not aligned with any political party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office. We focus on issues that directly affect the quality of life in our communities such as education, economic justice, criminal justice reform, and health care. At a time when there is widespread concern about declining civic participation, community organizing offers a powerful tool to connect people to one another and to the institutions that influence their lives.

We help equip community leaders with the skills needed to reach out into their neighborhoods, identify common concerns, research possible solutions, and work with public officials and private businesses to put those solutions into effect. Through our issue-based campaigns listed below, leaders learn how to build and sustain strong teams and networks, research and analyze community issues, develop campaign strategy, and work with elected officials to implement changes in public policy.

POWER Philadelphia

POWER Philadelphia represents congregations and faith leaders located in West Philadelphia, Center City, Northeast Philadelphia, and North Philadelphia.

POWER Metro

POWER Metro represents congregations and faith leaders located in Bucks County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Chester County.

POWER Central PA

POWER Central PA represents congregations and faith leaders located in York County, Lancaster County, Dauphin County, and Lebanon County.

POWER Lehigh Valley

Our newest branch, POWER Lehigh Valley, represents congregations and faith leaders located in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

POWER in the News

Rally on Rotunda steps in Harrisburg NewsPublications
June 26, 2019

More than 1,000 people rally in Harrisburg for fair school funding

BY: The Notebook The Rev. Phyllis Harris of Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia volunteers in a kindergarten class at Alain Locke Elementary School every…
NewsPublications
May 15, 2019

Gov. Wolf brings fight for $15 minimum wage to Philly

BY: Michael D’Onofrio Gov. Tom Wolf took his campaign to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour to Northern Philadelphia on Friday. Fresh off…
City Council At-Large Candidates NewsPublications
May 15, 2019

City Council at-large candidates hear from the people at a People’s Forum

BY: Erin McCarthy David Lipscomb, who said he’d been handcuffed during a traffic stop in South Philadelphia, called for an end to stop-and-frisk. Teresa Herrera, who…
NewsPublications
February 11, 2019

Gov. Wolf brings fight for $15 minimum wage to Philly

BY: Michael D’Onofrio Gov. Tom Wolf took his campaign to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour to Northern Philadelphia on Friday. Fresh off…

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