Our daily outreach and organizing unites poor and working families across the state to fight for policies that will make California work for all of us, not just the wealthy few has been proven to counter and win against deep pocketed special interests. Now, more than ever, we need investment in year round organizing and infrastructure.
Wall Street, oil companies, and giant corporations will continue to spend more to buy political power in both major parties (especially because of the top two primary law), which then act to reduce consumer protections, give out corporate subsidies, and under-tax corporations. Not surprisingly, corporate profits and executive compensation have skyrocketed while most Californians have seen their economic situation stagnate or decline. The recovery has been enjoyed by a few, leaving the rest of us behind.
In the next 5 years, instead of an agenda driven by wealthy corporate interests that have kept wages down, housing costs high, starved education, cut vital public programs and hurt the environment, our field and coalition work can help California make a course-correction toward a state that works for all of us.
 Between 2009 and 2011 the state’s overall income grew 4.5%. But this recovery was not shared equally – far from it. The top 1% gained a collective $54 billion in income, while the bottom 99% lost $7.5 billion.