15 Latine-Led Organizations Working Toward Social Justice

Racial justice matters every day. At FoodCorps, we’re on a journey toward becoming an anti-racist organization, and we’re still learning what that means and how to turn our intentions into practice.

Today, we’re continuing to shine a spotlight on BIMPOC-led organizations doing incredible work in the fields of racial equity, environmental justice, and youth engagement. The following organizations are Latine-led and serve diverse communities across the country. We hope you’ll learn more about them, follow them on social media, and donate to their important work.

Agri-Cultura NetworkLa Agri-Cultura Network logo
Albuquerque, NM

“The Agricultura Cooperative Network, doing business as Agri‑Cultura Network, provides access to local produce to promote nutrition and economic development through traditional and innovative agricultural practices, therefore furthering environmental and community stewardship to strengthen the agrarian and cultural heritage of our land and its residents. As a cooperative with nine member farms, our wholesale business program aggregates, processes, delivers, collects customer payment, and distributes farm payment.  In addition, we support development of farm capacity while providing nutrition education and food access through a CSA and community events.”

La Semilla Food Center logoLa Semilla Food Center
Anthony, NM

“La Semilla Food Center’s mission is to build a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. We envision a vibrant food system that prioritizes community and environmental health. La Semilla was established in 2010, the result of community garden, youth development, and food system education efforts in southern New Mexico. Owing to these efforts, La Semilla is the only nonprofit organization solely devoted to fostering a healthy Paso del Norte food system.”

CAPACES Leadership Institute logoCAPACES Leadership Institute
Woodburn, OR

“The CLI is a non-profit organization based in Woodburn, Oregon that was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. The Institute is a permanent part of the Oregon farmworker movement, led by PCUN and is a place where leaders of today and tomorrow engage the values and big ideas of social and economic equity; increase their knowledge and appreciation of social change history—their own and the history of struggles which have shaped theirs; gain the skills to advance workers’ struggles—in agriculture and allied industries, for farmworkers collective bargaining, and for Latino community wellbeing; and foster greater unity and collaboration.”

Green Village Initiative logoGreen Village Initiative*
Bridgeport, CT

“Green Village Initiative is a non-profit in Bridgeport, Connecticut whose mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community, through urban gardening and farming, to create a more just food system in Bridgeport. Green Village Initiative’s farms and gardens nurture a grassroots movement of urban growers of all ages across the city. We manage a network of Community Gardens, School Gardens, Reservoir Community Farm, and a Youth Leadership program for the benefit of the Bridgeport community.”

Familias en Accion logoFamilias en Acción
Portland, OR

“Familias en Acción (Familias) was founded in 1998, in response to the need for a culturally specific organization to promote health for Hispanics.  The mission of Familias is to promote holistic family well-being for Latinos through community engagement, education, and advocacy for social change. Our constituency is low income Latinos who live in the Portland and Salem metropolitan regions, and we have currently made strides for state-wide partnerships and reach.”

Southwest Organizing Project logoSouthwest Organizing Project
Albuquerque, NM

“The SouthWest Organizing Project was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower our communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice.  We seek to redefine power relationships by bringing together the collective action, talents, and resources of the people within our communities.  We work primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of our land and resources.”

La Plazita logoLa Plazita Institute
Albuquerque, NM

“La Plazita Institute, Inc.’s (LPI) mission is using a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach designed around the philosophy of ‘La Cultura Cura,’ to engage with youth, elders and communities to draw from their own roots and histories that will express core traditional values of respect, honor, love, and family. We are a 501(c)(3) community organization with initiatives to engage vulnerable youth and families to improve the focus areas of cultural restorative justice; agriculture, conservation, community revitalization, and economic self-sustainability; community learning, non-traditional leadership, and social enterprise; traditional and spiritual healing; racial equity, health and family wellness; and community engagement and collective impact.”

Oakland Leaf logoOakland Leaf
Oakland, CA

“Oakland Leaf serves 1,000 students annually through after-school programming in high-need neighborhoods, paid internship programs for teens, and a summer camp. With an emphasis on socio-emotional learning, critical thinking, creative expression, urban ecology, and social justice, we are supporting Oakland youth to be effective and compassionate leaders and change makers in their schools and communities.”

La Finca Del Sur logoLa Finca Del Sur
Bronx, NY

“La Finca Del Sur/South Bronx Farmers is an urban farmer cooperative led by Latina and Black women and their allies. We are committed to building healthy neighborhoods through economic empowerment, increased nutritional awareness, training and education, and advocating for social and political equality and food justice in low-income communities.”

NLFRTANational Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association

“Our mission is to organize, engage and empower Latino farm and ranching advocacy groups, farmworkers transitioning into farm ownership, and, generally, small producers, throughout the United States and beyond. Furthermore, we are committed to promote sustainable farm and ranching policy for the improvement of farming operations. We provide training and technical assistance to our members to ensure the quality of products and the integrity of safe food systems. NLFRTA offers guidance on relevant farm and ranching policy, through forums and webinars. We facilitate meetings with state, local and federal elected officials and work closely with working-people to ensure full inclusion of their voices in Congress and our deliberations to the Farm Bill.”

Salud America!salud america

Salud America! is a national Latino-focused organization that creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to policies, systems, and environments where Latino children and families can equitably live, learn, work, and play.

Across Our Kitchen Tables

“Across Our Kitchen Tables cultivates social spaces for self-identified women of color (WOC) and gender-non-conforming community members in food-centered work. We create safe spaces for community building and exchange of ideas that help generate and support relevant businesses, organizations, and culinary cultural expressions based on social responsibility.”

Sin Fronteras logoSin Fronteras Farm & Food
Stillwater, MN

“Sin Fronteras Farm and Food is a start up family farm and local foods business in the Twin Cities specializing in fresh, healthy, Latino food. Our mission is to cultivate culturally appropriate foods for our communities using sustainable organic growing practices that restore and respect our mother earth, Tonantzin.”

Chicanos Por La CausaChicanos Por La Causa
Southwestern U.S.

“Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) believes that all people, without discrimination, should have the power to live a life of dignity. Our programs work to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency by providing accessible healthcare; affordable housing; a quality education; access to meaningful work; and political representation.”

ALBAAgriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)
Salinas, CA

“ALBA creates opportunities for low-income field laborers through land-based training in organic farm management, helping them advance their careers or pursue the dream of farm ownership.”

*As of 2020, Green Village Initiative has brought on a new Executive Director who does not identify as Latine. However, we believe it’s important to uplift GVI’s history of Latine leadership and service within Latine communities.