The Center for Community Advancement (CCA) is a “Think Tank” whose mission it is to protect, preserve and advance our culture through social, political and economic empowerment, guided research and advocacy. Our mission includes, but is not limited to: supporting private enterprise; contributing to vital cultural and political institutions and organizations; and dedication to the preservation and advancement of African Culture throughout the Diaspora. The organization seeks to advance its mission through the pursuit of three broad goals:
- Advocacy that strengthen and preserve our culture and interest throughout the Diaspora
- Social, political and economic empowerment
- Guided research and study that seeks to provide innovative and practical recommendation on issues of interest to the community
STATEMENT OF NEEDS
As it stands, our community battles with education, voter rights, economic justice, immigration, criminal justice and so much more! Within our organization, Center for Community Advancement (CCA), we believe those circumstances that we face in our community are not permanent. Many can argue that two major influences impacting our current living situations are our disenfranchised culture and our crippled social structures. These stifling factors must be remedied in order for an uprising of great leadership to take place in our community. CCA disagrees with the notion that our community is trapped in a forever entangling cycle of oppression which cannot be shaken or removed. In fact, CCA believes that we hold the key to changing our environmental struggles into strengths, by serving as the threads which connect us culturally. Despite having different countries of origin, with parallel lifestyles and identical struggles, we can finally see the similarities of our community members. Therefore, together as a community, we can form an effective voice in communicating our concerns as a people. As a result, the state will have to acknowledge the community as a body of voters or simply as a group whose voices need to be heard.
The problems we’ve faced in our community have been the same for generations, and it’s time we stop waiting for it to change and CHANGE IT! We need to gear our focus inward and fix our culture as a people. Culture is the development, improvement, or refinement of the intellect, emotions, interest, manners, and tastes of a people. It not only has the ability to unite masses of individuals and create a solidarity of goals and ideas but also contributes to the transfer of ideas, skills, customs, etc. to succeeding generations. CCA advances the concept that a sustained empowerment of a people or community requires a strong cultural foundation. Culture is the “fuel” behind functionality and success in a community. A strong culturally influenced community becomes a sign of good functionality because culture orders the behavior and belief systems of its people and results in a more refined way of thinking, talking, and acting. Fostering culture in our community, permits the formation of a collective consciousness, allowing us to put “all heads together” to solve issues.