Community Change Senior Organizer for Immigration, Isaias Guerrero, wrote “Poder del Pueblo,” an original song that will have you dancing, singing, and moving your body – out to the streets to take action.
Art and music is a great way to invite our loved ones to join us on this path to racial and gender justice – and that’s why we were so excited to work with the musicians of Cumbia Heights to visualize “Poder del Pueblo” to show the power we have as individuals lending our time and talents, and as collective communities showing up together.
The music video is a love letter to the Columbia Heights, D.C. neighborhood the band is named after and the organizing work Community Change continues to lead, especially with our Black Freedom Collective, Child Care Changemakers, Economic Justice, Electoral, and Fair Immigration Reform Movement campaigns. “Poder del Pueblo” celebrated its video premiere at the 2022 Change Champions Awards which also honored partners and leaders who are unleashing power through their actions. Check out all the honoree videos on our YouTube channel, and you can rewatch the awards show as well.
ABOUT THE BAND: Cumbia Heights is a band of cumbia sabrosura (flavorful). They met in the far lands of Washington D.C., from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Louisiana. We explore the manifestations of Cumbia in these countries and honor its indigenous and African roots and add our own sound as immigrants in DC. Let’s travel the #pathofcumbia through Latin America with joy and justice for all!
CREDITS: Bass: Fernando Lavoe
Guacharaca: Tomas Dr. Cumbia
Accordeon: La Reina Acordeona Zaira
Timbales: Xavier Bure
Tambora: Celestino Barrera
Congas: Oliver El Electronico
Voz and Guitar: I (sin papeles y sin miedo) Guerrero
Animator: Catherine Killough
Director: Cristina Rayas “Poder del Pueblo” song and video was recorded and produced for Community Change, and the rights to the song owned by Isaias Guerrero and Cumbia Heights.