Our Alliance

California Calls is a statewide alliance of 31 organizations organized in 12 counties. Our long-term goal is developing a progressive alliance of grassroots social justice organizations and unions representing key issues and strategic geographic regions of California, with agreement on a public policy agenda, and the collective power to win systemic reform. The California Calls Coordinating Committee is the highest decision making body of the alliance.

A regional anchor group is an organization, or coalition of organizations, with the strategic commitment and capacity to lead the work of the alliance in a defined local region of the state.

A state anchor group is a statewide organization that has a membership and affiliates in multiple areas of the state, makes a statewide strategic commitment to California Calls and whose affiliates function as regional anchors, in collaboration with other regional anchor groups, in at least two areas of the state.

A formal state ally is a statewide organization or union whose power-building orientation may be different than an anchor group, but with whom there is a mutual agreement to work together as strategic partners in achieving systemic reform of California’s broken tax and fiscal policies systems.

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San Bernardino and Riverside Counties make up the Inland Empire — the third most populous region in California. The sprawling mix of suburban and rural communities has had their share of problems, such as the country’s highest foreclosure and unemployment rates. However, the traditional political landscape of the Inland Empire has also been shifting in recent years.

Demographic shifts are creating opportunities to re-shape the future in the Inland Empire and California Calls’ civic engagement work has been crucial in creating movement infrastructure to sustain a new generation of civic engagement organizers. California Calls’ diverse coalition of anchor groups organize locally on many levels: from providing foster family services, to faith-based and traditional community organizing, these organizations are building power to address the myriad issues affecting the region.

Communities for a New California

Communities for a New California  is a statewide civil and human rights organization committed to achieving public policy that is socially, economically, and environmentally just for California’s families. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing and public policy advocacy. Their geographic focus is in the Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Imperial and Coachella Valley.

CONTACT:
www.anewcalifornia.org

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)

COPE’s focus is to build a collaboration of proactive and prophetic leadership to address and serve neglected African American neighborhoods. They have trained over 350 clergy, lay leaders, parents, and community leaders in the art of faith-based community organizing. Their areas of expertise include faith-based community organizing, public policy formation, program development, mentoring relationships, development of regional and local public policy initiatives. They work in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

CONTACT:
600 North Arrowhead Ave. Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA 92401
909-888-7881
www.copechurchesie.org

The Bay area is known for its diversity, progressive politics, social movement history, and innovation in the tech sector. It is home to large immigrant communities and over 112 languages are spoken in this region. Although many residents profited during the tech boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s, their less wealthy neighbors are dealing with fallout resulting from gentrification, loss of jobs and the rising cost of living. Many have moved out to areas like the Central Valley where housing is cheaper.

California Calls anchors work to ensure that Bay Area voters are actively engaged in the decision-making process that impacts their lives and deal head-on with issues like affordable housing and quality job creation. These organizations have been instrumental in increasing the local minimum wage, creating an affordable housing trust fund, passing a parcel tax to save community colleges, ensuring access to good job for formerly incarcerated residents, and much more.

Working Partnerships, USA

Working Partnerships USA, founded in 1995, is an independently funded social change organization founded by labor and community groups that equips everyday people to participate and win in developing a fair and free society. Their areas of expertise include economic research and analysis, government accountability and reform, health care, organizing and leadership development. Their work is centered in Santa Clara County.

CONTACT:
2102 Almaden Rd.
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 269-7872
www.wpusa.org

 

Oakland Rising

Oakland Rising educates and mobilizes voters in East and West Oakland’s neighborhood. Their current work focuses on building a permanent political/electoral infrastructure; exercising and expanding political influence; and aligning organizations and coordinating with other progressive forces. Their areas of expertise include the City of Oakland, Oakland politics, local tax and fiscal policy, voter engagement/field, instant run-off voting, and Oakland elections.

CONTACT:
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 261-2600
www.oaklandrising.org

 

San Francisco Rising

San Francisco Rising is a new grassroots alliance that has united to make change in San Francisco. The organization brings together African American, Latino, Chinese and Filipino communities and leaders from across the city to create a new, community-based political infrastructure capable of running sophisticated electoral operations each election cycle. Their areas of expertise include: San Francisco politics, community organizing, youth programs.

CONTACT:
San Francisco Rising
c/o Causa Justa :: Just Cause
2301 Mission St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 684-3473
www.sfrising.org

 

 

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As the second largest county in the state, San Diego plays a critical role in the statewide landscape and recent demographic shifts in the region have created new possibilities. In more recent years, the region has begun to shift politically, thanks to a wave of strong community and labor organizing.

California Calls anchors in San Diego have focused their voter engagement and grassroots organizing efforts in precincts with high concentrations of people of color, particularly the growing Asian/Latino populations and predominately African American neighborhoods. These districts overlap with large concentrations of low income and infrequent voters.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

ACCE works one-on-one with community members from San Diego to Sacramento on a variety of issues ranging from local neighborhood concerns to statewide and sometimes national policy fights. It is a statewide community organization working with thousands of members in 11 counties creating transformative change by helping ordinary citizens to organize and take action. Their areas of expertise include public education, healthcare, home foreclosures, predatory public financing, transit organizing, bank accountability and gentrification. Their geographic focus is in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Sacramento.

CONTACT:
3655 S. Grand Ave, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(877) 633-9251
www.calorganize.org

 

Alliance San Diego

Alliance San Diego focuses on building coalitions to promote social justice and social change. Hundreds of Alliance San Diego volunteers have brought tens of thousands of voters into the election process. In a county with nearly 1.5 million voters but regular participation rates of only 60%, their efforts have made a decisive difference in election after election. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing, public policy advocacy, immigration reform and educational equity.

CONTACT:
3750 30th St.
San Diego, CA. 92104
(619) 269-1823
www.alliancesd.org

 

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The Central Valley region is the birthplace of the farm worker movement of the 60’s and 70’s, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. But despite its movement history, the Central Valley has long been a stronghold for traditional power brokers. In recent years, a budding movement of young activists and rural residents, concerned about their local schools and public safety, have begun to make permanent inroads into the landscape of the region.

In what was once a region dominated by agriculture and dotted with sleepy farm towns, the Central Valley has seen an influx of people who have been priced out of the housing markets in LA and the Bay Area and who are moving into the region searching for good jobs and affordable housing. As a result, the electorate is also shifting fast along with the growing potential to organize a new vision for the California Dream in the Central Valley.

Communities for a New California

Communities for a New California  is a statewide civil and human rights organization committed to achieving public policy that is socially, economically, and environmentally just for California’s families. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing and public policy advocacy. Their geographic focus is in the Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Imperial and Coachella Valley.

CONTACT:
www.anewcalifornia.org

Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF)

The Dolores Huerta Foundation was established in 2003 by Camila Chávez, daughter of civil rights leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta. DHF oversees training for low-income community members in the areas of leadership and organizing skills specific to civic and electoral participation so that they can become catalysts for change in their own communities. Areas of expertise include education and youth development and economic development. Their geographic focus Central Valley (Kern and Tulare counties).

CONTACT:
P.O. Box 2087
Bakersfield, CA 93303
(661) 322- 3033
www.doloreshuerta.org

 

The landscape of the Central Coast is undergoing a major shift. This amazing region of the state is home to a struggling working class of immigrant farm workers and low-wage service workers—people who are coming together at a new scale, which is quickly re-shaping the political landscape of the Central Coast.

This is the result of intense organizing, alliance building, and the use of new technologies to reach out to voters. Through economic and environmental justice community campaigns, the California Calls Anchor, CAUSE, has built an army of grassroots leaders, both young and old, to mobilize voters year-round. From farm workers to college students to struggling young families, the new face of the Central Coast electorate is paving the way to a new future for all of California.

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)

CAUSE’s mission is to build grassroots power to realize social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California’s Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. Their areas of expertise include community organizing and policy advocacy, leadership development, redistricting and voting rights, immigration reform, environmental justice, non-profit organizational development, social justice philanthropy, urban planning and smart growth, educational reform, and economic justice campaigns that bring together diverse community and labor organizations. Their geographic focus is in the Central Coast region consisting of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.

CONTACT:
2021 Sperry Ave. #18
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 658-0810
www.causenow.org

 

 

 

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Los Angeles is a pivotal region for California Calls’ organizing work. It is the most populous county in the state and one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the United States. It’s also home to over 26% of all registered voters in California. From downtown skyscrapers to sprawling suburbs, from Hollywood to the Harbor, Los Angeles is a tale of two cities where’s there’s a large gap between the rich and the poor. It is also a tale of how organizing can succeed to bring communities together and support solutions that work.

In the LA region, California Calls’ anchors have pioneered innovative campaigns to create green jobs, improve inner city schools and make the streets safer without criminalizing the youth who call these streets home. Most importantly, these organizations have been successful in building multi-racial, multi-sector alliances with the power to win these changes and move Angelenos beyond the balkanization and racial strife which has characterized this region in years past.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

ACCE works one-on-one with community members from San Diego to Sacramento on a variety of issues ranging from local neighborhood concerns to statewide and sometimes national policy fights. It is a statewide community organization working with thousands of members in 11 counties creating transformative change by helping ordinary citizens to organize and take action. Their areas of expertise include public education, healthcare, home foreclosures, predatory public financing, transit organizing, bank accountability and gentrification. Their geographic focus is in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Sacramento.

CONTACT:
3655 S. Grand Ave, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(877) 633-9251
www.calorganize.org

 

Community Coalition

Founded in 1990, Community Coalition is best known for leading nationally recognized grassroots campaigns that include groundbreaking nuisance abatement work to close over 150 liquor stores and educational justice campaigns to transform the quality of public education. Their areas of expertise include strategic organizing, public policy advocacy, civic engagement, education, child welfare reform. They work in South Los Angeles.

CONTACT:
8101 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 750-9087
www.cocosouthla.org

 

InnerCity Struggle

InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994 to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside. Their areas of expertise include education, Latino politics, civic engagement trends among people of color, youth organizing, campaign development, grassroots fundraising, strategic planning processes and coalition building. Their geographic focus is in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.

CONTACT:
124 North Townsend Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 780-7605
www.innercitystruggle.org

 

 

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)

SCOPE works to reduce barriers to social and economic opportunities for poor and working class communities by creating public sector jobs and training programs. The organization has identified over 34,000 voters in Los Angeles County who believe that government must invest in family supporting jobs, quality education, and clean air and water. Their areas of expertise include strategic grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, grassroots leadership development, civic engagement, job training.

CONTACT:
1715 W. Florence Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 789-7920
www.scopela.org

 

Statewide

8572518087_7220ac31d0_oCalifornia Calls has a formal relationship with several statewide organizations which play important roles within the alliance.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and Communities for a New California (CNC) are both statewide anchor organizations with grassroots members – including low-income families in urban areas, as well as farmworkers and rural residents – located in several regions throughout the state. As anchor organizations, these groups receive training, voter technology and financial support to educate and engage their statewide members, and to coordinate with our regional anchor groups.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ) a grassroots organization dedicated to providing the growing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community with multilingual, culturally-sensitive legal services, education and civil rights support; the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), a grassroots organization improving the health, well being and political strength in low-income Asian Pacific Islander communities; the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), comprised of K-12 and community college teachers; the Courage Campaign, one of the largest online activist networks in the country; and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a leader in addressing working poverty, inadequate healthcare and polluted communities are all formal statewide ally organizations.  We share commonly-held principles about the need for equitable tax and fiscal policy reform in California. Utilizing a variety of organizing approaches, we work together as strategic allies to advance our mutual goals for greater equity and fairness in California’s tax and fiscal policy.