COMMUNITY POWER

Power in itself is not harmful – we believe that in centering community power through our anti-racist organizing, we can use power to build a more compassionate, humane world. Our PICA-WA networks are dedicated to combating institutional and structural racism through strengthening our commitment to building antiracist communities grounded in antiracist principles who will drive the change we need. Our antiracist organizing work is grounded in our history, integrated in our cultural fabric and aligns with our Pasifika Indigenous reference that champions the sacredness of relationships, space and intergenerational connections. We organize with our families, across class status, and beyond the colonial structures that have kept our Oceanian families apart. We are aligned and have adopted the People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond principles below to guide our work, and the ways that we move accountably within and outside of our Pasifika networks. 

OUR ANTIRACIST PRINCIPLES

ANALYZING POWER

ANALYZING POWER

As a society, we often believe that individuals and/or their communities are solely responsible for their conditions. Through the analysis of institutional power, we can identify and unpack the systems external to the community that create the internal realities that many people experience daily.

GATEKEEPING

GATEKEEPING

Persons who work in institutions often function as gatekeepers to ensure that the institution perpetuates itself. By operating with anti-racist values and networking with those who share those values and maintaining accountability in the community, the gatekeeper becomes an agent of institutional transformation.

INTERNALIZED RACIAL SUPERIORITY

INTERNALIZED RACIAL SUPERIORITY

The acceptance of and acting out of a superior definition is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of empowerment and access expresses itself as unearned privileges, access to institutional power and invisible advantages.

MAINTAINING ACCOUNTABILITY

MAINTAINING ACCOUNTABILITY

To organize with integrity requires that we be accountable to the communities struggling with racist oppression.

SHARING CULTURE

SHARING CULTURE

Culture is the life support system of a community. If a community’s culture is respected and nurtured, the community’s power will grow.

ANALYZING MANIFESTATIONS OF RACISM

ANALYZING MANIFESTATIONS OF RACISM

Individual acts of racism are supported by institutions and are nurtured by the societal practices such as militarism and cultural racism, which enforce and perpetuate racism.

INTERNALIZED RACIAL INFERIORITY

INTERNALIZED RACIAL INFERIORITY

The acceptance of and acting out of an inferior definition of self, given by the oppressor, is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of disempowerment and disenfranchisement expresses itself in self-defeating behaviors.

LEARNING FROM HISTORY

LEARNING FROM HISTORY

History is a tool for effective organizing. Understanding the lessons of history allows us to create a more humane future. Just like the tropicbird returns home, so we must return to understanding where we come from.

DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP

DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP

Culture is the life support system of a community. If a community’s culture is respected and nurtured, the community’s power will grow.

UNDO RACISM

UNDO RACISM

Racism is the single most critical barrier to building effective coalitions for social change. Racism has been consciously and systematically erected, and it can be undone only if people understand what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, and why it is perpetuated.