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Success through our work

Our organization is based around leadership development. We are a multi-issue organization that engages the voices of everyone in the Somali community. We also believe in fostering our own independence and not being totally reliant on the gifts of others.We have seen the results of our work.

The Alliance is recognized both within the Somali and mainstream communities as a powerful voice for change, new leaders continue to emerge, relationships with allies are strong and we have launched many successful campaigns.

Slowly, we have reshaped the conversation from “there is nothing we can do” to “we can do it.” Somali Action Alliance has been honored by the Headwaters Foundation in 2008 and 2010 with the Justice Award.Success in leadership development is one of the benchmarks for our work and for our success.

We use traditional organizing techniques for recruitment – large meetings, training sessions for community organizing and public policy, all the while providing people opportunities for action. We have also found listening sessions to be effective recruitment tools.

It is our dream that the Alliance will exist for a very long time. This would mean that the organization and its work is supported and desired by the community. We have designed the Alliance as a membership organization, although that structure presents its own unique problems as well as benefits. The two greatest challenges that face us as both a social change and membership organization are.

Creating an understanding of what social change and power is in a community damaged by oppression and dominated by service-oriented organizations.

The second is in demonstrating and educating the community about self-reliance and self determination.
Although we have been very clear about why the Alliance must be a membership organization, we are flexible about what that means. It is an area we must learn more about. However, what we do know now is that “dues” for the organization needs to include other kinds of involvement and not just rely on dues. We feel we are many years away from being an organization that is financially self-sufficient, but closer if you expand your definition of self-sufficiency.

We will continue to expand our base of funders and hopefully develop some long term, mutually beneficial relationships with them. Creating an understanding of what social change and power is in a community damaged by oppression and dominated by service-oriented organizations. The second is in demonstrating and educating the community about self-reliance and self determination. Although we have been very clear about why the Alliance must be a membership organization, we are flexible about what that means. It is an area we must learn more about. However, what we do know now is that “dues” for the organization needs to include other kinds of involvement and not just rely on dues. We feel we are many years away from being an organization that is financially self-sufficient, but closer if you expand your definition of self-sufficiency. We will continue to expand our base of funders and hopefully develop some long term, mutually beneficial relationships with them.

Our Work

Updated on 2017-01-06T19:59:04+00:00, by somaliactionalliance.