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  • 15 Million Border Residents Shouldn't Have to Live in a Militarized Zone January 21, 2015
    Bills like this are considered because the rest of the nation doesn't know the border is filled with vibrant communities that millions of people call home Today, Congress will be discussing a bill that, in the words of it's author, will allow the Department of Defense “to transfer assets from theatre of war and redeploy […]
  • No driver's license = fear of deportation January 19, 2015
    Help us push for immigrant-friendly policies, including drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status, in the next legislative session. Sign the pledge. In Texas, thousands of immigrant mothers and fathers worry that a routine traffic stop could result in being deported away from their children. Without documents, immigrants are not allowed to get a driver’s license. […]
  • LUPE in The News! / LUPE en las noticias! January 16, 2015
    Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse early Thursday morning, to chant, read poems and share stories of the immigrations struggles. Photo By Yvette Vela/ The Brownsville Herald Our organizing has gained the attention of the media lately, owing to our opposition to the states' lawsuit against the President's immigration action as well as our campaign […]

LUPE Organizes People Power Through Leadership Training and Colonia Committee Building

Our staff is comprised of a talented group of community organizers, parents, activists and social service providers. Our staff develops and supports a network of local committees. Each staff member is committed to excellence in creating an environment where our members produce tangible results that change people’s lives. But the strength of LUPE is found within our leaders and volunteers who build the organization through neighborhood committees – house meeting after house meeting, committee after committee, campaign after campaign.

LUPE engages members through leadership development.

The process of membership includes an orientation meeting to familiarize folks with LUPE’s mission and strategy along with two leadership trainings.  These trainings develop the leadership skills of colonia residents through training in organizing, facilitating, and public speaking. LUPE members also build the tools and skills to bring long lasting changes in their communities.

LUPE builds organization through committees.

LUPE is building neighborhood committees in throughout South Texas. Through a committee structure, we are able to identify and develop leaders and increase their capacity to respond to community problems.

LUPE committees respond to the injustices facing working families, farmworkers and immigrant communities.

LUPE addresses community issues through Strategic Action Plans.

During colonia house meetings, LUPE committees prioritize issues and then develops strategic action plans to address them. Each plan follows that same structure of direct action advocacy so that committees can address a range of issues from securing additional stops signs across from a local school to improving a community’s water quality.

LUPE holds decision-makers accountable.

LUPE committees and supporters believe that local decision-makers should be responsive to the needs and interests of their constituents. LUPE leads large-scale non-partisan voter registration, education and Get-Out-The-Vote efforts so that a greater number of Latinos and LUPE leaders participate in civic life and enact social change.

LUPE members organize in Austin for comprehensive immigration reform