California is at a TURNING POINT. As the state’s racial makeup and needs have completely transformed over the past 40 years, many of our public institutions and policies remain stuck in the past.
Despite our state’s reputation as the “Golden State”, generations of low-income communities of color have long been excluded from California’s promise. But California has a long history of reinventing itself to meet the moment. We are, once again, at a critical juncture between retreating from or seizing our mantle as America’s future.
Our history shows us that cross-racial coalitions and organized power have led the charge to push back against regressive forces and demand much needed improvements in our public safety, economy, health, and governance. This is why we are coming together to leverage our collective assets and shared commitment to justice to assert that RACE COUNTS. Now is the moment, to once again, reinvent our public institutions and policies to ensure that all Californians can thrive over the next 40 years.
To push California forward, we need effective ways to measure and address long-standing racial disparities and to center organizers and activists to lead those conversations.
For the first time, the RACE COUNTS project will maintain a comprehensive tracking tool of racial disparities across the state in seven key issue areas:
Through cutting-edge, rigorous research and analysis, RACE COUNTS will rank all 58 counties by these issue areas and provide a roadmap of how we can unwind generations of racial oppression. Click here to see frequently asked questions.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization working on systems change. The staff in the California offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento work to expand opportunities in our educational systems, create healthy built environments and communities, develop the connective tissue of an inclusive democracy, and shift public investments towards equity. We develop rigorous evidence-based solutions and innovate technology and tools with coalition partners to advance the field, build partnerships between community advocates and the halls of power, and broker racial and socioeconomic equity.
PICO California is the largest multi-racial faith-based community-organizing network in the state connecting and leveraging the power of the people to impact broad systemic change. Motivated by various prophetic traditions, we ground our civic action and demands for change in moral and ethical principles. We use a relationship-based organizing model to develop leadership and build capacity for civic engagement in communities throughout California.
Established in 1994, PICO California organizes in 73 cities, 35 school districts, and in more than seventy-five percent of the state’s Senate and Assembly districts. We are deeply connected with communities through congregations and religions institutions and we work in coalition across racial, economic, ethnic, and religious lines. PICO California is comprised of 19 non-profit organizations made up of 480 interfaith congregations, schools, and neighborhood institutions representing 450,000 families. PICO California brings local federations together throughout California to affect meaningful budget and policy change at the state level.
Established in 2007, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) is a research unit situated within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. PERE conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building.
PERE’s work is rooted in the new three R’s: rigor, relevance, and reach. PERE conducts high-quality research in their focus areas that is relevant to public policy concerns and that reaches directly affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion.
California Calls is a statewide alliance of 31 organizations organized in 12 counties. Their 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.
Through their bottom-up approach, CA Calls organizes voters most impacted by budget cuts and deteriorating public services in support of systemic, progressive solutions to our state’s fiscal crisis. Working together, and including those who are often left out of policy decisions, CA Calls believes we can reclaim the California Dream of equality, opportunity and prosperity for all Californians.
Other statewide partners include:
Key Issue Area Partners include:
Crime & Safety
• Californians for Safety and Justice
• Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
• Urban Peace Institute
• Violence Prevention Coalition
• Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCSB
• Zoltan Hajnal, Professor of Political Science at UCSD
• Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Political Science at UCR
• California Budget and Policy Center
• UCLA Civil Rights Project
• The Opportunity Institute
• The Education Trust – West
• California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
• Community Health Councils (CHC)
• Investing in Place
• PolicyLink, Health Equity and Place
• Prevention Institute
• Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing
• Trust South LA