The Strategic Direction - Voices For Power

The Strategic Direction

The U.S. has never had a healthy democracy. And with this heightened political climate, we knew we needed to radically reimagine the power of our network to fix this broken system. 

Now, the State Voices network is ready to build power in 2020 and beyond. Our collective voice is strong and steady. Are you ready to join in?

Voices for Power Video Series

Download the Strategic Direction Guide

Learn how and why one of the largest networks of civic engagement organizations came together to reenvision what liberation, freedom, and a true democracy can feel like. You can do it too.


Stories from the People

There are a number of key things we’re working on to build BIPOC political power. We can start by making voting and access to voting a truly universal right, and lifting up oppressed communities—and the organizations that serve them—in the decision making process.

Juanica Fernandes, Executive Director, Florida Civic Engagement Table

I’m thrilled to be a part of the State Voices network, which I’ve already come to learn is an incredible, powerful, and fierce community of humans. I am so excited to work alongside the SV team as well as Table Directors and staff across the country, whom I have so much respect for and gratitude to.

Irene Shin, Executive Director of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table

Centering leadership development as a value of organizations that work in civic engagement is key to making lasting social impact in BIPOC communities.

Melanie Herrera-Bortz, Executive Director, Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable

Download the Executive Summary

This Executive Summary is a condensed, visual version of our Strategic Direction Guide. Download it, print it, and hang it up in your room to stay grounded in our collective vision for a transformed society. A society where we can all thrive and live in our full dignity.


“BlackStar” by Cheeno Ghee

If you study movements, you know that art speaks. With our Strategic Direction, we worked with a group of BIPOC artists and asked them what BIPOC political power means to them.

Cheeno Ghee, a Black queer rapper from North Carolina, wrote the song “BlackStar” about Black power and liberation. Check out the track, and visit The Culture page to see more art from our BIPOC Artist Cohort.



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