The Empowerment Congress is here to empower and engage all members of our diverse communities to ensure our collective voice is heard by:
- Encouraging and enlisting the full participation of our community to improve our quality of life;
- Educating and informing our community on how government works;
- Developing strategies that shape policy and legislation; and
- Connecting our community with public resources.
Founded in 1992 by then Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Empowerment Congress, a distinctive and deliberate national model of civic engagement built on the core principles of participatory democracy, reciprocal accountability, and intentional civility, is a dynamic partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community leaders within diverse communities. The Empowerment Congress served as a model and precursor to the City of Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Councils.