Vision & Values

The Southern Vision Alliance (SVA) is a grassroots intermediary organized for the charitable and educational purposes of providing infrastructure, capacity-building, and assistance to youth-centered organizations and programs. SVA supports leadership development and base-building work for social, racial, and environmental justice, along with gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and education justice in the US South.



  • Our movement is part of historic struggles for justice, equity, and liberation that span generations.
  •  We believe that current conditions are rooted in the legacies of colonialism, slavery, white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalist exploitation.
  • We believe that there is no human dignity without access to food, shelter, health care and education.
  • We prioritize our resources to support young people, build community organization, and aid trusted leaders of directly-impacted communities that are engaged in frontline struggles for justice, dignity, and change.
  • We believe in organization, we value group-centered leadership, and we apply the “Ella Baker School” of leadership development — that “strong people don’t need strong leaders.”
  • We believe in “Less Ego More Impact,” that the movement is larger than our individual organizations, personalities, or networks. We put the interests of the movement before any one organization, brand, or individual.
  • Because the issues facing our communities are deeply connected, we must build alliances in order to win.
  • We believe alliances are more powerful when they are multi-racial, multi-gendered, multi-national, and multi-generational.  We build power from the grassroots up.
  • We believe communities have the right to self-determination and to defend themselves against racism and repression.
  • We embrace the slogan of the labor movement, that an injury to one is an injury to all!