Mission, Values & Principles
As an organization
grounded in the Latino community, our mission is to build unity across
all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our
most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice,
dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world.
We envision a world free of oppression based on poverty, racism,
sexism, sexual orientation, and discrimination of any kind that limits
equal access to the resources that ensure a healthy and productive life
in peace, love and harmony for all peoples and our future generations.
El Centro de la Raza “Familia” adopted twelve guiding principles in the fall of 1976, four years into our existence.
It was a defining moment in our organization’s history for it
clarified what we were determined to become as a new and innovative
organization born out of the violent worldwide struggle to create a
In essence these twelve principles become our “constitution” and have
been critical in guiding us through the agony and ecstasy of our 37
They were adopted during a weekend statewide conference of students,
farmworkers, academics, women, unemployed and organizers from
Chicano/Latino, Black, Indian, Asian and White communities.
(A special “Gracias” is reserved for the leadership of the exiled
Chilean community for their extraordinary clarity and political maturity
reflected in these principles.)
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