Building Civic Power

People Power through Mass Civic Action

Los Angeles suffers from severe inequality. While the 1% has tried to holdback equality, everyday people have successfully come together to advance a more equitable future for our communities. South Los Angeles voters and residents are in a position to be an anchor of progressive change for the region. Through voting, civic activism, and the involvement of tens of thousands of everyday people, a united coalition of African Americans and Latinos will create a better Los Angeles for all.

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Voters Contacted In 2018

Mass Voting

There are more than 189,232 voters in South Los Angeles. While 85% of the voter-eligible population was registered to vote in 2010, only 39% of voters turned out in the general election. This needs to change… and that change has already begun.

Due to our voter engagement efforts, our neighborhoods vote at nearly twice the rate of the county average. Our task is to mobilize tens of thousands of African-American and Latino voters to the ballot box. We know that a community that votes, is a community that will be heard.

Power California

Community Coalition believes that youth have a very powerful voice in this country.  This is why we have partnered with Power California to work alongside young voters to reshape the future of California.

Power California is a statewide multi-racial civic engagement organization made up of on-the-ground community partners that harness the energy of the largest and most diverse generation to create a state that is fair, inclusive and just for everyone who calls California home. Over the past two years, we have registered more than 40,000 young voters and engaged more than 200,000 voters in the last several elections.

By focusing on youth of color, who make up 70% of the millennial generation in California and 50% of whom have an immigrant or refugee backgrounds, we are building a movement of young voters of color and their families from diverse backgrounds: Black, Latinx, API, Native, LGBT, currently and formerly incarcerated, and undocumented and citizens.

Together, we are building the power of young people of color and their families to participate and lead systems of government at all levels and to ensure that voters and elected leaders mirror the rich diversity that is California.

WE ARE CALIFORNIA

Community Coalition recognizes that transforming our communities requires building alliances committed to advancing equity.  This is why we have joined the We Are California, a movement of people using their power to create a better future for California.

We are determined to build a California where all people are valued, regardless of where you were born, the color of your skin, who you love, or how much money you make. We believe the way to expand and strengthen democracy is by building collective power and uniting communities.

In a country controlled by hate and greed, now is the time for Californians to stand for a different future. Together we are using our power as the majority to build stronger, safer and healthier communities for everyone.

Schools & Communities First

Community Coalition, as part of the powerful Schools and Communities First statewide coalition and in partnership with more than 270 endorsing community organizations, labor unions, business leaders, philanthropic foundations and elected officials worked tirelessly to collect enough signatures to be able to qualify our historic ballot initiative to close the corporate tax loophole across California.

On August 14, 2018, Schools and Communities First announced the submission of over 870,000 signatures to the 58 County Registrars to qualify the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act for the November 2020 ballot–the first commercial property tax reform initiative to qualify for the ballot in 40 years since Proposition 13 passed in 1978.

We can no longer afford to keep giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires and big corporations. Closing California’s commercial property tax loophole restores $11 billion for schools, community colleges and other vital community services, including emergency responder services, parks, libraries, health clinics, trauma centers, affordable housing, homeless services, and roads.

Past Campaign Wins

Prop 30 –  A measure to increase taxes to prevent US$6 billion cuts to the education budget for California state schools.

Prop 47 –  An initiative that reduced the classification of most “non-serious and non-violent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor and permitted re-sentencing for those currently serving a prison sentence for any of the offenses that the initiative reduced.

Prop 55 –  A tax initiative that extended the Prop. 30 income tax increases on high income taxpayers from 2018 through 2030 (an additional 12 years). The additional revenues would continue to provide funds to K-12 and community colleges, but also be directed to the Medi-Cal program, based on a new formula for its funding.

Prop 56 –  A ballot proposition that increased the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, effective April 1, 2017, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.

Prop 57 –  A ballot initiative that allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons, changes policies on juvenile prosecution, and authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education.

Measure JJJ –  An measure that set affordable housing mandates and hiring restrictions favoring local laborers on residential projects requiring a zoning change or an amendment to the city’s General Plan. It also created incentives for developers building near transit stops.

Measure HHH –  A measure that increased property taxes of Angelenos by $0.348 per square foot to help build housing for the city’s most vulnerable people. The initiative’s emphasis is on reducing homelessness by creating safe and affordable housing units, and increasing accessibility to a variety of necessary services and treatment programs.

Measure H –  A housing initiative that will generate approximately $355 million annually for services and programs to prevent and combat homelessness in the County—with rigorous accountability.

Measure S –  A measure would have imposed a two-year moratorium on development projects seeking variances from some aspects of the city’s zoning code, made changes to the environmental impact statement requirements in the code, and required the city to update its comprehensive plan during the moratorium.

Prop 5 –  A ballot proposition that would have allowed all homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different home.