We’re in this fight because Black political power is the key to transforming quality of life for marginalized communities in Arizona for the next decade and generations to come.
We work with candidates for public office, and hold elected officials responsible:
Our ultimate goal is to elect Black people to leadership in Phoenix, Maricopa County, and Arizona who match our values of inclusion, accountability, and transformation, and are 100% committed to using power to realize our goals for community change.
Making sure politicians keep their campaign promises.
Kicking them out of power as soon as they fail us.
Recruiting and training Black people to run for office or work on the campaigns of candidates who are committed to our vision.
Creating a political home for Black people to talk about and take action on our experiences as a marooned diaspora people surviving in a white supremacist state.
Providing policy plans based on science, research, and lived experiences that will actually use government resources and power to improve lives, instead of harming Black communities.
Change the face and structure of government. The future is ours to build.
Nothing that has come before works for us.
We deserve the best and we will bring it to life.
What do we want from the government?
1. Stop killing us with cops, lack of health care, dangerous working conditions, shitty water, and climate change.
2. Stop stealing Black bodies through mass incarceration, deportation of immigrants/refugees and sanctioned kidnapping of children through child protective services.
3. Stop stealing Black labor through the exploitation of Black workers, creatives, and thought leaders.
4. Reparations and investment in Black people in the form education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.
Who We Are
Black Political Cultivation Arizona (BPCAZ) is an all-Black, queer, femme and nonbinary-led grassroots political organization. We are flexing our creativity and passion in elections, organizing, and public policy work to dismantle the systems that categorize our vibrant identities as targets and keep our people poor and caged.
But let’s keep it real - elections rarely change shit. At best, elections can make moments opportunity for change possible. That change doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by organizing our community and fighting - everyday - for the things we deserve - like better schools, quality affordable healthcare, defunding cops, and investing in our neighborhoods.
Black Arizonans are used to being erased at best and targeted at worst by every level of government. The vibrant history of Black communities in Arizona has been all but destroyed, and our political power has purposefully diluted. BPCAZ is here to change that, forever.
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JOBS AT BPCAZ:
Do you want to work with us to change the face of Arizona politics and build a Blacker future? BPCAZ is hiring for several positions as we approach the 2022 election cycle--read job positions and apply now here.
Do you want to join the volunteer board for our nonprofit?
BPCAZ is seeking community leaders with direct lived, volunteer, or work experience in the Black, African American, and Black/African refugee and immigrant communities in Arizona to join the volunteer Governance Board for our 501c(4) nonprofit organization. The Governance Board is responsible for oversight for the BPCAZ senior employee team and approving strategic planning for the organization, as well as community promotion and developing resources and connections that can help the organization achieve its mission. Board members are also encouraged to attend, promote, and volunteer at BPCAZ’s occasional in-person events, and regular virtual events.
This is an ideal opportunity for community members who believe in BPCAZ’s mission and want to support the organization by lending a little bit of your time and contributing your talents. As a board member, you are someone who wants see Black Arizonans elected to public office all throughout the state who will fight for policies that will transform the quality of life, fight against white supremacy, and push for bold government decisions that achieve new heights of social welfare, equity, and empowerment for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people of diverse faiths, and people with disabilities.
Anyone who is interested in joining the board should submit an inquiry using this link.