About True North

In a region with a history of finger-pointing and political division, True North Organizing Network is working to carve out space in the political process for those who have historically not been heard or included.  We believe that human dignity is the heart of justice and progress, and that for a true and honest democracy to thrive, every person needs the opportunity to be heard and respected.

In 2014, True North leaders and staff participated in a “season of listening,” facilitating over 1000 conversations in North Coast communities. At the end, 220 people came together to set the course of the organization. United by shared values, 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.

In order to tackle these issues and improve our communities for all who call the North Coast home, True North facilitates community organizing efforts in our region. We provide resident leaders with the tools, coaching and infrastructure needed to create systemic change. 

True North uses an organizing model called The Arc of Organizing, developed by the PICO National Network. This style of organizing is designed to support ongoing, long-term work and promote sustainability.

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Our Mission

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.

 

Our Work

Over the past six years, True North leaders have accomplished significant community change. Information on all of this is available through our Issues page, but you can also view a chronological list of each action and win by clicking the button below to visit our History page.

 

Our Staff

True North Organizing Network is a community lead, grassroots organizing effort supported by a team of Community Organizers and administrators. We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and 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