ECLI Participating Teams

Since 2012, the Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute has engaged teams from across the country to learn about the dynamic Empowerment Congress model, built on the principles of reciprocal accountability, intentional civility, and participatory democracy. Click the links below to learn more about each team who has participated in the Institute.

ECLI Participating CitiesECLI 2012 Participating Teams:

  • Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Detroit, MI
  • Doña Ana County, NM
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • New York, NY
  • Seattle, WA
  • Hawaii

ECLI 2013 Participating Teams:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Denver, CO
  • Doña Ana County, NM
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • Oakland, CA

ECLI 2014 Participating Teams:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Compton, CA
  • East Los Angeles, CA
  • Houston, TX
  • Louisville, KY
  • Stockton, CA
  • Doña Ana County, NM

Empowerment Congress History

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Twenty Years of the Empowerment Congress

From Civil Unrest to Civic Awakening:
Twenty-Five Years of the Empowerment Congress

Los Angeles was simmering with tension when Mark Ridley-Thomas won election to the Los Angeles City Council in June, 1991.

Just three months before, in March, Rodney King had led police on a long car chase before being beaten by the LAPD officers as a bystander shot video.  The footage shocked audiences around the world, but many residents of Ridley-Thomas’ South Los Angeles district saw the brutality depicted as merely the rare public airing of a common occurrence – a pattern of police behavior they had long seen in their communities.

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