What We Do
We strategize with community partners to identify funding, services and opportunities in our public systems that can be redistributed for more just outcomes for all. Our goal is to promote racial equity and build a foundation so that every Californian may thrive.
The Educational Equity team works to address the root causes of racial and educational inequity in California to build a B-12 public education system that advances healthy learning environments, positive school climates, and furthers connection, healing, wellbeing, and academic achievement at school sites and in communities. Working deeply with community and local and state leaders, the team works to advance the vision of a transformative, racially just, and relationship-centered B-12 system that supports the healthy development and success of every child in California.
EQUITY IN COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS
We partner with communities of color to equip them with the budget and advocacy tools necessary to win sustainable investments that help all Californians thrive. Through budget and policy analysis, trainings, and campaign support, we dismantle the legacy of public disinvestment and criminalization that has created race-based disparities in our communities’ health and well-being.
Political Voice works to make state and local governments more participatory and representative of the communities they serve. Our goal is that all community members are able to genuinely participate in the making of effective public policy, in ways that go beyond just voting, and that governments respond equitably to community concerns. To accomplish this goal, we advocate for racially and economically just democracy reforms.
Reimagine Justice & Safety
The criminal legal system was borne out of America’s racist founding and continues to devastate communities of color. Data show that Californians of color are disproportionately policed, arrested, incarcerated, and subjected to harsher sentences than Whites. At the same time, rates of violence are disproportionately higher in low-income communities of color—despite decades of landmark investments in law enforcement and incarceration. These deep-seated harms have eroded public trust in our system of safety.