About Us

Our Journey

OVNV was founded in 2015 to organize parents to expand quality educational access for students in New Orleans. We needed to create a more equitable system, and we needed to ensure that any reforms, recommendations, or campaigns we executed were grounded in what parents and communities identified as needs. In order to identify those needs, we needed to organize parents and hear their voices. We focused our initial efforts in the Latinx community given it was the community with the greatest need. By approaching parents in car lines and conducting one-on-one meetings with parents, we set out to build authentic relationships in the Latinx and Spanish speaking communities, learn about the obstacles they faced, and devise solutions for providing a better education for Latinx learners.
Since our founding, OVNV has started breaking new ground by expanding the scope of issues organizing to be cross-cultural and include the voices of both Black and Brown families. Acknowledging the intersection of issues we have also expanded our work to focus on criminal justice and immigration in addition to education. Black and Brown communities are growing and will soon be the majority in America. This is an opportunity to build a collective power, as both communities face similar, systemic challenges. Our strategy focuses around empowering communities through direct action organizing, capacity building, centering identity and culture, and collaboration with institutions, stakeholders, and policymakers. Through this we will build the cadre of leaders who will create self-determined Black and Brown communities and a new future in New Orleans.
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