A grassroots, environmental justice organization based in San Francisco’s Mission District


Parking lots to Community Spaces_lower qualityPODER’s goal is to build grassroots power in San Francisco’s low-income immigrant communities and communities of color and strengthen local democracy in our city. We are taking on issues of urban land use, immigrant rights, youth empowerment and civic engagement at a time when low-income communities are struggling to stay in San Francisco and remain a vibrant part of the city. San Francisco now has the dubious distinction of being the most expensive city in the country and long-time residents face a second wave of displacement not seen since the dot com boom and bust of the 1990s-early 2000s.

In the face of these changes, we continue organize for better services and amenities like parks, affordable housing and urban gardens. We are also fighting to build a true multiracial democracy and develop new models for economic and environmental sustainability. We work with a range of local and national coalitions to explore these new models and build civic engagement. We are working to shift power in City Hall and Sacramento to represent the needs of our local communities.

Read more about our campaigns and join us in our efforts to develop economic and environmental alternatives.