Community Power MovementReclaiming our CommunitiesLet's Build a City and Region that Works for People

National policies have favored corporate globalization and economic growth at the expense of our environment and communities. At the same time, national party politics have divided us in ways that have made it impossible to address growing problems of ageing urban infrastructures, health care, climate change, and the lack of stable jobs that pay a living wage. We are a group of Allegheny County residents working to demand more people-centered policies that place human rights and community well-being over corporate profits. Starting with our neighborhoods, we will reclaim and rebuild our cities and local economies for a more equitable, just, and sustainable system. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
This wiki page is designed to help us build community assemblies to enhance local democracy and community power, making us better able to deal with the financial and ecological challenges our society faces. We'll help each other learn about projects that build community power and support initiatives to implement such projects in our networks. We cannot wait for solutions to come from Washington or even from local governments. But if we start with our neighborhoods we can begin solving some of the problems residents face and declare our independence from big corporations and corrupt politics.

Contact us: communitypower [at]

Resistance to Corporate Control of our Community: the Amazon HQ2 debate

Forged for All? Amazon HQ2 & the Future of Pittsburgh
Human Rights, the Right to the City, and Equity implications of Pittsburgh's HQ2 Proposal
Growing opposition to Amazon HQ2 The Guardian March 15, 2018
Pittsburgh’s Economic Revitalization: Technology, Corporate Power, and Democratic Accountability
Community Forum: Saturday March 31 11:00AM -1:00PM
Human Services Building, 1 Smithfield St. Downtown Pittsburgh Liberty Room.
As Pittsburgh seeks to attract Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, residents are invited to consider how efforts to transform Pittsburgh from an industrial to a globally competitive, high-tech economy impact the human rights and priorities of residents. Panelists will provide information about the city’s bid to host Amazon and other companies looking to do business in our city. Speakers: Kelauni Cook, Black Tech Nation; Laura Wiens, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Next strategy meeting: Saturday March 17?? (TO BE CONFIRMED) Room 229 Barco Law Building, University of Pittsburgh


People's Platform (PDF download)

We are part of a Global Movement for Local and Global Democracy and Justice

This initiative reflects conversations and mobilizations happening in places around the world, emerging in response to both U.S. policies and to the large-scale and long-term damage that global capitalism does to people and communities. We can learn from the analyses and strategies coming from activist groups in places around the world. (The New Municipal Movements):


Local Media

Organizing Tools and Resources

What does a mass movement look like and what principles can guide us?

Neighborhood Projects


Organizational Links