Mission: The mission of swop is to empower the disenfranchised in the southwest to realize racial and gender equality, and social and economic justice.
Programs: Swop had a great year in 2017-2018, achieving victories in new campaigns and age-old issues, leveraging the power of deep, long-term organizing on local and national levels to have an impact on urgent political moments when community is threatened. Defending against malicious political entities, holding officials accountable, and pushing policies and programs across the finish line. Last year, we set out to tackle large issues where local community was disenfranchised, marginalized, and characterized as the very problems they sought to address. Most of these issues were not covered favorably by local media- if they were covered at all. But from snap benefits, to education reforms, to air quality based environmental racism, we were able to uplift our issues both in public perception, community engagement, and policy action. The organization and our members were able to see our yearlong goals through to fruition, while remaining agile and engaging in political opportunities as they arose.