Our History

In the early 2000’s, two groups of community leaders in Niagara Falls and Lockport saw injustices occurring in their communities. They saw folks being left behind, and they wanted to do something about it. They knew that they would be more powerful together than apart, so they organized. Read more…

Our Values

We believe in the Power of Faith to unite rather than divide us; our diverse faith traditions call us to act together to improve our communities.

We believe in Justice. We work to eliminate bias in ourselves and in the systems that structure our way of life.

We believe in Equity. If we are to overcome systemic oppression, we must address individual needs.

We believe in Democracy. People should have a say in the decisions that affect them.

We believe in Inclusion. True democracy means that no one is left out.

We believe that Positive Change is Achievable.


Our Methodology

Relationship Building – we develop strong ties between individuals and within communities through common interests.

Collective Action – we work together to build grassroots local, regional, state-wide, and national mass movements.

Leadership Development – we challenge and empower ordinary people to take on leadership roles in the struggle.


Our Executive Board

Bishop Jesse Scott, President

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Liz Dixon, 1st Vice President

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Lakea Perry, 2nd Vice President and Financial Secretary

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Tonya Brown, Secretary

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Treasurer – Position Open

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Bernadette Franjoine, Board Member

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Sr. Barbara Pfohl, OSF, Board Member

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Our staff

Leslie Nickerson, Executive Director

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Portland Jackson, Community Organizer

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