In Los Angeles, ACCE Action have Education Chapter, Tenant Chapter and Home Defender Chapter! We have are also organizing on the neighborhood level with chapters in City Council Districts 8, 9, 10, and 15. From taking action to get the city to invest in our neighborhoods to fighting for fair housing policies and services across the city, LA ACCE Action members are making their voices heard!
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We've long been leading the fight to save homes from foreclosures and now are deeply engaged in the fight to stop rent gouging and eviction of the long term residents in our communities - especially tenants of corporate Wall Street landlords like Blackstone's Invitation Homes. 2020 saw the beginning of two new movements in L.A. and several important victories. Inspired by the Bay Area’s Moms 4 Housing movement, families left homeless from the COVID pandemic launched Reclaiming Our Homes in El Sereno, aimed at occupying homes Caltrans purchased and left vacant after the demise of the 710 freeway project. ACCE became part of the Stay Housed LA coalition, which launched the Right to Counsel campaign, aimed at pushing the Los Angeles City Council to establish a legal right for tenants to be represented by an attorney in eviction court. ACCE leaders won tenants permanent rent control in unincorporated LA County and successfully fought to get the county to end its controversial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that had victimized thousands of LA homeowners. In a victory for LA County tenants, ACCE led a coalition to successfully get the Board of Supervisors to extend a countywide eviction moratorium through the end of 2022. We’re working to end LA’s speculative housing system by fighting for a vacancy tax on the thousands of luxury units left empty and used as second homes or pure investments.
At Maya Angelou community school, a public high school that we fought to win, we are organizing to implement a set of important community-based policies, including a strong restorative justice discipline program. We continue to organize with parents and teachers, as well as neighbors around the school, to make sure our children are getting a strong, quality education. We are also organizing with our Reclaim Our Schools Coalition to stop the forces of school privatization and improve access to a quality education for all of our children. ROSLA is fighting to increase spending to $20K per student in LA County, divestment from school policing to end the criminalization of Black and Brown pupils, increase teacher pay, and for the cancellation of rent and mortgages. During the current COVID pandemic, our coalition is advocating for a racially just and equitable recovery that ensures all LAUSD students learn in a safe, healthy environment.
We’re working with USC Forward, a project of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), to demand University of Southern California administrators address their role in the gentrification and displacement of low-income communities following the university’s rapid expansion. In July 2020, ACCE leaders joined USC Forward for an action calling for the abolition of campus police, an end to restrictive security measures, and the university to recruit 1,000 LAUSD students annually with full scholarships. In August 2020, USC Forward, ACCE leaders, clergy, labor allies and South L.A. residents rallied to demand the L.A. City Council stop the building of a Marriott Hotel on the former Bethune Library site, and prioritize affordable housing instead. We are continuing to pressure and demand accountability from a city that too often takes care of wealthy neighborhoods and neglects our communities.
LA ACCE members celebrated a win in the spring of 2015 and continue to roll out victories: workers in both the city and unincorporated county areas are getting a raise in the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Our bank worker members also organized across LA in Summer 2018 to win the Responsible Banking Ordinance which requires banks to disclose any quotas of their bank-workers before contracting with the city of LA!