PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources) is a women led, people of color grassroots social justice organization formed in 1991 to increase the participation of residents of East Austin in decisions related to the economic development and environmental protection of our communities. Our mission is to redefine environmental issues as social and economic justice issues, and collectively set our own agenda to address these concerns as basic human rights. We seek to empower our communities through education, advocacy and action.
The Conservancy is a project of PODER, the East Austin-based nonprofit that has for decades fought for the river through its work combatting industrial land uses along and near the river, as well as partnered with city, county and community leaders and institutions on parklands acquisition, development and restoration, and community environmental advocacy in the face of gentrification.
Learn more about PODER at our website: https://www.poderaustin.org/.