The long-term goal of California Calls is to develop a statewide alliance of local community based organizations that qualitatively increases the civic participation and leadership of low-income communities to have a powerful voice in shaping the public policies that affect their lives.
Founded in 2009, California Calls has now grown into a statewide alliance of 30 member organizations organized in 16 “anchor” groups spanning 14 counties of the state. Constituencies represented by alliance organizations include low income communities of color, poor and working class communities, immigrants, and young people. Alliance organizations use a broad range of strategies to pursue their work: grassroots community organizing, leadership development, policy research, direct action, advocacy, and public policy campaigns.
California Calls builds relationships with new and infrequent voters and residents in under-represented communities, engaging them not just during elections, but year round. By centering this work within local anchor organizations, we build ongoing civic engagement infrastructure that doesn’t disappear after an election cycle. By engaging voters and residents year-round, our anchor organizations build deeper relationships as a trusted messenger with individuals and can motivate them around issues they care about and that affect their lives.
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.