Coalición Fortaleza is hiring a Housing Justice and Advocacy Organizer!
Apply by March 31st.
To see our Latinx & Indigenous community of the Rogue Valley thrive. We work towards a future where the Latinx and Indigenous families in our community can actualize our collective power to shape our destiny and create our own solutions.
Our Pathway to Liberation
For decades our communities have been the economic backbone of the largest economies in the Rogue Valley, yet we have been left out of socioeconomic, environmental and political decisions that impact our everyday lives. In the midst of a global pandemic, on September 8th of 2020 the Almeda Fire scorched over 2,600 homes displacing our historically low-income, Latinx and Indigenous neighborhoods and revealing just how climate vulnerable, economically exploited and politically underrepresented our communities have been. A month after the Almeda Fire we found ourselves in a High School gym at a Northwest Seasonal Workers Association (NSWA) membership meeting with many families who were growing frustrated with the lack of answers from landlords and government officials. We sat there brainstorming solutions to our collective nightmare and in the middle of our meeting, one of our community elders who is now an ancestor, Don Leonso Solis, stood up and asked, “why don’t we just buy our neighborhoods back?”
That day was significant because we all remembered that we have the skills to create our own solutions and that we have each other. We also took power into our own hands and led a community-driven participatory action research project to understand the extent of our loss and damage. It has been the findings and the personal stories of our communities' grief and Spirit of perseverance that have shaped our vision and grounded our work.
We are driven by the hope that we have the power to create something better than what we lost.
We are a Latino/a/x (hispanic/latino)-led, inter-generational coalition of community members, leaders, volunteers, and organizations in the Rogue Valley. We represent a mixed-status, working-class community with deep roots here. We are of many ages, abilities, faiths, and cultural backgrounds. We have decades of experience responding to exploitation, discrimination, environmental injustice, racism, poverty, and housing inequality. We are experts in our fields of supporting the economic liberation of Latino/a/x communities.
Araceli Jimenez (she/ella)
Cultural Leadership Organizer
Celines Garcia (she/ella)
Community Wealth Building Organizer
Diana Ramos Alonzo (she/ella)
Organizational Wellbeing Manager
Diana Ramos Alonzo serves as the Operations Manager for Coalición Fortaleza. In 2010, Diana emigrated from México along with her family and currently resides in Southern Oregon. She is a proud immigrant, mexicana, woman, and first-generation college graduate. She has served in different leadership roles such as Interim President for the Latino Student Union at SOU, the 20-21 Multicultural Affairs Senator for ASSOU, as well as Social Media Coordinator for Project de la Raíz. Her work is dedicated to the empowerment of the Latinx community, centering advocacy for women and youth. Diana is also a multi-medium artist, her work ranges from sculpture to painting. Her artistry is often inspired by social issues and each piece aims to uplift the voice of the community she represents. She believes that art can be a powerful tool to fight for justice and positive change in her community and in the world. Diana received her Bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in Art from Southern Oregon University.
Erica Alexia Ledesma (she/ella/they)
Dani Leonardo (they/she)
Board of Directors
Keep an eye out for updates on what we're up to here!
On the path of recovery and towards a thriving future for all, two years post-Almeda Fire, we find strength, home and resilience in each other and in our community.
Coalición Fortaleza and partners closed the purchase of Talent Mobile Estates that will be the first-ever Resident Owned Community of Southern Oregon.
No matter how much housing continues to be treated as a privilege and commodity, Housing is a human right.
Our goal? To build climate resilient neighborhoods to ensure the survival and perseverance of our future generations.
We look at how during the winter season the trees return their focus to the roots to tend to their foundation. We remember the moments in 2021 where our roots were fortified and just about every one of those memories involved gathering with our community.
What would you do for the places you love? We’ve sat with this question for the past 13 months and have been moved to tears by the bravery, loyalty, love and commitment that everyone on our team has demonstrated this past year.
The story of Coalicion Fortaleza is simple.We do this work for the love of our land, our people and the future generations of all life.
In the news
Articles and other media regarding the Fire that swept through our communities in September of 2020 and the recovery since
Wildfire Took These Families' Homes, Here's Why They Stay - NY Times
September 8th, 2021
Interactive Almeda Fire commemorative walk begins -KTVL
September 8th, 2021
Months into Wildfire Recovery - OPB
February 21, 2021
When Oregon’s Wildfires Swept Through My County, Mutual Aid Brought Us Together - Vogue
December 22, 2020
Urban wildfire: When homes are the fuel for a runaway blaze, how do you rebuild a safer community? - Seattle Times
October 4, 2020
How Southern Oregon Communities are Working to Build Back Better After the Almeda Fire - Medium
September 16th, 2020
Television & Other Media
Brief But Spectacular take on surviving a wildfire - PBS NewsHour
Jocksana is interviewed about her and her family's experience
November 12th, 2021
Remembering the Big Fires One Year Later - iJPR
Erica, Niria, Teresa interviewed with other community members
September 8th, 2021
The Almeda Fire One Year Later - SOPBS Local Focus
Niria is interviewed with other community members
September 7th, 2021
Thank you for believing in us and enabling us to grow the organizational capacity of Coalición Fortaleza.
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