True North Organizing Network develops leadership in communities with common values across Tribal Lands, Del Norte, and Humboldt Counties. True North supports families, elders, youth, and individuals of diverse faith traditions, races, cultures, and economic capacities working together for powerful change. United, using the power of relationships and a disciplined community organizing model, True North leaders are courageously challenging social, economic, and environmental injustice in our region

 

About True North

Four years ago, True North Organizing Network began a journey.  In the fall and winter of 2014, the leaders of True North participated in a “season of listening,” facilitating over 1000 conversations. At the end of the listening season, 220 people came together for a Regional Assembly to set the course of the organization. United by shared community members identified five campaign issues for research and action: Water and the Environment, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Mental Health and Homelessness, and Public Education.

True North’s organizing process is guided by a relational model developed by PICO.  We believe that power is in the relationship. PICO organizing does not rally communities around a single issue, launch a campaign, and walk away at the end of a loss or victory. To truly change the issues that plague our communities, we must first commit to knowing each other, finding shared values, treating all people with dignity, and respecting cultural differences. There is inherent knowledge present in communities facing hardship, and we must respect and engage that knowledge as we seek change. The work undertaken by True North is discovered through 1-1 conversations, researched thoroughly and determined by leaders, not by staff or board members.

In a place with a rich history of finger-pointing and tense political division, a place plagued by the politics of “no”, True North is carving out a space in the political process for those that have historically not been heard or included.  For a true and honest democracy to thrive, every person should have the opportunity to be heard. True North is rolling out the red carpet for the communities most affected by injustice to take the stage and engage in the conversations and political processes that determine their destinies. Are you ready to listen?

Staff

The True North Organizing Network is a community lead, grassroots organizing effort supported by a team of Community Organizers. 
We have offices in Eureka and Crescent City, CA.

Terry Supahan
Executive Director
Julia Lerma
Director of Organizing
Michael Thorton
Del Norte Lead Organizer
Brenda Urueta
Coastal Humboldt Organizer
Priscella Kinney
Eastern Humboldt Organizer
Rory Eschenbach
Administrative Assistant