Giving Our Children the Opportunity to Succeed
- In Los Angeles, ACCE parents and students partnered with teachers to develop the school plan for the new Maya Angelou Community High School, and established a restorative justice discipline policy aimed at supporting at-risk students and reducing suspensions.
- In a new innovative organizing effort, ACCE is partnering with community college students, teachers, and union members to train and support students in organizing for immediate improvements on campus and statewide efforts to adequately fund higher education.
Improving Access to Health Care
- All families should have access to quality healthcare, but the sad reality is that California has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. ACCE is working to make sure that communities know what healthcare services are available, receive help in accessing them, and are organized so that they’re protected from cuts. We continue to educate decision-makers about the urgent need for healthcare for undocumented immigrants.
Raising California Up, Community by Community
- While some issues are statewide, ACCE is also dedicated to overcoming the most pressing challenges that face historically marginalized neighborhoods, community by community. By developing leadership, increasing civic engagement, and empowering working families, local ACCE chapters are making a real impact. See our local office pages for more information!
California has suffered approximately 1.2 million bank foreclosures since 2008. In the low and moderate income communities where our members live, homeownership has been the way in which families have managed to build up some equity and savings and create stability and opportunity for the next generation. This hard-earned wealth continues to be ripped away, and outside speculators are buying up foreclosed homes in bulk and renting them out and/or flipping them for a profit. African American and Latino families have been particularly hard-hit, both because of racist targeting by predatory lenders and because a higher percentage of their accumulated wealth has tended to be in their homes.
ACCE has been advancing multiple strategies to save homes and restore community wealth.
- Day in and day out, ACCE defends the homes of individual members, with a range of tactics to pressure banks. This on-the-ground work has led to more than 550 families keeping their homes and reducing collective mortgage principal by more than $18.2 million.
- In 2013, the work of ACCE in Richmond, CA captured the attention of the nation, as we launched a campaign with the Mayor to stand up to Wall St and use eminent domain to acquire troubled mortgages the investors have been unwilling to fix. The program will modify bad loans with principal reduction and turn them into sustainable mortgages for the current homeowners.
- This work to expose the banks’ abusive and often fraudulent, behavior has paved the way for more sweeping reforms, like the multi-state attorneys general settlement in 2011 and the passage of the Homeowner Bill of Rights in 2012. These legal and legislative reforms have saved tens of thousands of homes from foreclosure.
- In cities across the state ACCE is working with tenants to preserve affordable rents and tackle slum housing conditions. In Oakland, tenants are organizing to hold accountable one of the major speculators who bought-up hundreds of foreclosed properties.
It is time to lower the percentage of people living in poverty and hold the largest corporations accountable. ACCE members are leading a grassroots effort to bring economic justice to working families across California by winning policies to increase the minimum wage, mandate that employers practice fair scheduling and establish enforcement of “wage theft” protections.
Our members are empowering working families by fighting for livable wages that keep up with the cost of living, fair scheduling so families can schedule life around work, eliminating the chaos brought on by unfair scheduling practices and ensuring that a fair days work is paid in full.
Our Worker Justice campaign is outreaching in poor and working class neighborhoods of color, building a base of workers and a coalition of organizations who demand these issues be addressed at the state level. California workers have shouldered the burden of the “bottom line,” for far too long! Stand with workers and ACCE members to promote justice for Working Families.Sign up
California’s public institutions have experienced massive disinvestment over the past 40 years, with cuts to health, human services and public education. At the same time, we’ve seen a “race to the bottom” in the private sector with the expansion of low wage, low benefit, part-time work. California has the highest percentage of people living in poverty and ranks at or near the bottom in funding for education, despite being home to many of the largest corporations and millionaires.
ACCE Action leads ReFund California, a coalition of more than thirty organizations working to shift the narrative about who is to blame for this crisis and working to advance corporate accountability campaigns that raise needed revenue, preserve and expand affordable housing and raise the floor on wages and benefits. We’ve had many victories over the past few years!
A current priority is to build public support for commercial property tax reform, which can raise an additional $6-8 billion in revenue to support a strong and healthy California. And on the worker justice front, ACCE is active in efforts to raise the minimum wage in multiple cities across the state.
We passed laws in 3 cities to fine banks $1,000 / day for vacant, blighted properties. In Oakland this led to the massive clean-up of blight and has generated more than $2 million so far, which has funded the new Housing Assistance Center to help struggling homeowners and tenants.
We secured $15 million in new revenue for both L.A. and S.F. Counties by exposing the lack of property tax assessments on certain bank-owned homes, and then went on to win an additional $10 million in revenue for Los Angeles by getting commercial real estate giant Brookfield Office Properties to pay the appropriate level of taxes.
In 2012, we helped to lead the successful effort to pass the CA Homeowner Bill of Rights , the strongest foreclosure prevention legislation in the country, saving the homes of tens of thousands of Californians.ACCE Action played a key role in the Milionaire’s Tax campaign and the broad coalition that conducted large-scale voter education helping to pass Proposition 30 on the November 2012 ballot, raising between $7-9 billion annually in new revenue for schools and other vital services, by increasing taxes on California’s wealthiest.
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ACCE Action's campaigns are fueled by what we do best - members taking action! In neighborhoods across the state, you can find ACCE Action members regularly in the streets and on the news, taking action to bring their issues to decision makers and demanding real changes. Whether it is a press conference or a delegation visit, or a march of thousands of people, ACCE Action members take creative and strategic actions to move forward our campaigns and build power in numbers.
But, beyond our actions, our campaigns are strategically planned by our members, are strengthened by strong partnerships with ally organizations, and are carried through beyond the initial win and through the stages of implementation of the changes.
The pages in this section talk about some of our campaigns, what we are fighting for, and what we are winning. On each page, you can sign up to get more involved!