Standing in Our Power


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2012 SiOP Retreat Participants

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Standing in Our Power is a network of Women of Color leaders that seeks to develop leadership models that can transform society as a whole.

Dear Friends,

Please join me in supporting Standing in Our Power (SiOP), an intergenerational network of women of color leaders that seeks to develop leadership models to transform society as a whole. Inclusive and collective in nature, SiOP will amplify the voices and perspectives of women of color, and establish leadership frameworks rooted in our vision, values, experience, and cultural assets.

I began my journey in social justice organizing as a volunteer among a community of artists/activists of color, and at that time, I never imagined that I would need a women’s space for members of that community. When I started my first paid, full-time job at a nonprofit youth organization, I never thought I would one day be organizing women of color to dismantle the unjust systems we faced daily while simultaneously building new models. As I prepared to transition out of my position as Executive Director of a national philanthropic organization, I began dreaming of one day galvanizing women of color to speak of the injustice we experienced as leaders in our own organizations as a way to address what is not working and create something different.

My journey has compelled me to reflect deeply, to dream, and to eventually create a project that I believe will transform leadership in the nonprofit sector, social movements and beyond. By changing how we conceptualize leadership, how we structure organizations and how we practice leading, SiOP will help to usher in a new era at a time when we prepare for several major demographic shifts in the United States. Please refer to our case for support for more information on the need for SiOP, its goals, building blocks, outcomes and more:

I invite you to make a contribution to ensure that we have the resources needed to go the long haul. The deep social change we aspire to create is long-term and will require an interdependent community committed to doing the work and to supporting the work.

Transformative social change work cannot happen in isolation. Leadership from the top down is an isolating experience and has been failing us in our social justice movements. In order for women of color to begin establishing new leadership models we need a network through which we can share resources and ideas, and communities of practice coming together in solidarity. To achieve the mission of SiOP, we need a strong community to hold and support us. We cannot do this work alone. Will you join us?

In Solidarity,

Taij Moteelall


Here are just a few testimonials from our inaugural national retreat participants:

This retreat renewed me, filled me, transformed me, healed me and prepared me to create a new life.

I feel stronger on my feet now having this network of women to support me. I shall do the same for them.

I left feeling renewed and ready to plunge back into my community organizing and social justice work, emboldened with the inner knowing that I am not alone.

This experience, these relationships are more than I could have hoped for. I am looking forward to walking the journey of keeping this sacred space open and to expanding the road for those who get to join us.

It was profoundly inspiring and re-igniting to connect with like-minded sisters on the path to social transformation.

The learning (and unlearning) we did together – and that we will continue to do – will ripple out from this weekend into our lives, communities, and world..

Tomorrow I will be the same and different in all the ways that matter.

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PALMER, MA 01069




Spirit in Action creates a positive future grounded in the values of equality, peace and justice for all.

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