What was at Stake: Real estate, soda and tech interests spent nearly $15million in voter persuasion to protect their special interests and flex their influence. Progressives in San Francisco took on an ambitious campaign to shift dynamics in the city, including a tax on speculation and raising the minimum wage.
Coalition Building: SF ACCE Action joined with Unite HERE, CA Nurses, AFSCME, UESF, AFT 2121, SEIU 1021, and SF Rising Action Fund (a coalition of 9 community groups) to form the Families for an Affordable San Francisco Independent Expenditure Committee. The whole effort was run in coalition.
Voter Engagement: The Coalition had over 1,200 volunteer shifts and a paid field and phone team that identified 16,000 voters in support of our message and slate. ACCE ran an 8 canvasser paid field program and members filled nearly 200 volunteer shifts.
New Media: Partnering with Courage Campaign, SEIU 1021, and UNITE HERE, we ran an online and phone program highlighting the influence of corporate money in politics.
Outcomes: The minimum wage passed by an overwhelming majority, making it the highest in the country. But, the tax on real estate speculation, despite winning election day voters, lost in the Vote-By-Mail electorate (which makes up the majority of votes in SF).Sign up
While tech companies and hedge funds are trying to take over our city, we continue to organize working class communities of color for affordable housing and access to opportunities for everyone.
Where we Organize:
We organize in the Bayview, Hunter’s Point, the Mission, Bernal Heights, the Excelsior and Oceanview.
- Fighting for Housing Justice: With Ellis Act Evictions pushing out record numbers of San Franciscans to raise rents to unprecedented heights, we are urgently fighting for housing justice in our city. We have fought for and stopped many foreclosures in the Bayview, keeping Black families in their homes in our city. We are standing with tenants who are resisting evictions!
- Education: Working together with the Close the Gap coalition made up of parents, teachers, students, and school support staff, we are fighting for quality education for all of our students, especially low income students, English language learners, and students with disabilities. We are holding our school district accountable to hear the voices of students and parents as they make critical decisions in school program funding.
- Corporate Accountability: In a city that often seems like it is being taken over by tech companies, big banks, and hedge funds, we taking a stand to hold corporations accountable. From demanding that corporations pay their taxes to fighting for people’s voices to win over corporate lobbyists in our city, we are taking direct actions and demanding a focus on people over profits.
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