The Partnership For Southern Equity is an Atlanta-based nonprofit committed to promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity in the American South through a coalition-based model for multi-demographic capacity building for equity. A multi-level problem solving approach is inherent to PSE’s work at the intersection point of transportation, energy, land-use, and economic inclusion. PSE’s strength is its ability to connect, educate, and empower diverse individuals and organizations to encourage just, sustainable practices for shared prosperity. Our mission-related activities have tremendous impact on low-wealth people and communities of color by:
- Connecting vulnerable populations to solutions that empower communities.
- Informing decision makers and communities on inclusive growth and development opportunities.
- Impacting development and business investment to promote inclusiveness, quality growth and regional competitiveness.
- Growing a multi-generational cadre of equity leaders and policy innovators.
PSE recognizes that transactional, campaign-based organizing is an ineffective model for creating lasting change. In order to truly re-balance the political, economic and social balances of power, change must come from and be led by communities themselves. To pursue its program goals, PSE has created an inclusive coalition-based model for multi-demographic capacity building and advocacy. These coalitions take one of two forms: Issue Circles and Equity Hubs. Issue Circles, such as the JUST Transportation Circle and the JUST Energy Circle, utilize the inherent strength of coalitions by convening subject matter experts, advocates, and community members around a specific topic, creating a shared space for the development of a common equity agenda and advancement of related goals. The issue circles build layers of community through information sharing and recognition of shared goals through dialogue, underscoring the shared prosperity philosophy. Equity Hubs are local, place-based, community-led coalitions, which are formed with the specific goal of lifting economically vulnerable and under-represented communities through their own increased intellectual capacity, and greater ability to effectively advocate for change. Primarily countywide in scale, the Equity Hubs provide a mechanism for community-driven collective impact and advocacy, and a conduit for knowledge building, relationship building, and two-way shared capacity building with the Issue Circles. Connections created between the Equity Hubs and the Issue Circles ensure that the Circles include a true community voice, and that issue-based and advocacy expertise are likewise directly linked to communities.