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The Power of Latino Leadership by Juana Bordas

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CHAPTER 10Sí Se Puede: Social Activism and Coalition Leadership*

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER, REINFORCING a strong sense of culture and community, and articulating a vision that inspires people are the preludes to the real work of Latino leaders—concerted and collective community action. As “minorities,” Latinos have experienced discrimination and exclusion. Pressing needs drive a form of leadership that challenges the status quo and aims to change the social and economic conditions that perpetuate inequality. This necessitates a coalition and activist leadership form that cultivates a critical mass of people with the capacity to take action.

Leaders become activists because of the economic discrepancies and inequities that exist in their own families ...

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