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!
Born out of our years of work fighting Wall Street’s agenda to foreclose on millions of working class, black and brown families across California, ACCE Action continues to fight displacement and make housing affordable through the movement for renter’s rights! In all of our offices, ACCE Action organizes tenants facing rent increases and unjust evictions – and is winning rent control and tenant protections in local jurisdictions across the state.
ACCE Action is also a proud steering committee member of Housing NOW! – a new statewide coalition that is building power to make housing affordable and combat the displacement crisis that is disproportionately impacting working class communities of color. This crisis is not a “natural" accident of the market, but is caused directly by the greed of Wall Street landlords, investors, luxury developers and the bought-out politicians who drive their agenda. Led by tenants, our coalition also includes allied landlords, realtors, and dozens of community, faith and labor organizations. Together our coalition is leading the way to repeal the state restriction on rent control – the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act!
- In 2017 alone, ACCE members lobbied for and passed six out of nine priority housing bills, stopped multiple evictions and rent increases from huge Wall Street landlords and pressured them to successfully resolve dozens of unhealthy and unsafe maintenance issues. We have also held five mass town halls in Richmond, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego winning commitments from local and state officials to work with us to find meaningful solutions to the housing crisis.
- In 2016, ACCE played a critical role in passing rent control in Richmond, stronger renter protections in Oakland, won infrastructure and housing bonds in San Diego and Los Angeles and defeated real estate special interest campaignsintended to hurt affordable housing in San Francisco!
- Over the past five years, ACCE has defended member’s homes from the predatory practices of Wall Street, with a range of on-the-ground tactics to pressure banks. This work has led to more than 550 families keeping their homes and reducing collective mortgage principal by more than $18.2 million.
Together, ACCE members are tackling the displacement crisis city by city, tenant by tenant. With these victories already under our belt, we are calling on you to keep up the momentum and join the housing justice movement as we seek to:
- Win real rent control for all with the repeal of Costa Hawkins and Proposition 10!
- Reclaim our cities: get more homes off the speculative market and into land trusts
- Hold accountable and regulate Wall Street speculation
- Expand rent control and just cause eviction laws in the state – including repealing the state restriction on rent control, the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act
- Strengthen laws to ensure healthy and safe housing
- Increase developer, speculator and Wall Street contributions to affordable housing
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With racial and economic justice at the heart of everything we do, fighting for workers rights, especially low wage workers - who are disproportionately workers of color, is a recurring issue area for ACCE members. From winning policies to increase the minimum wage to mandating that employers practice fair scheduling and establish enforcement of “wage theft” protections ACCE has a rich history of fighting and winning workers’ rights.
The rise of automation, an exploding gig-economy, and increasing instant-delivery warehouses are fundamentally altering the economic landscape and eroding basic scheduling reliability practices and benefits for low-wage workers. It is critical for workers and policy advocates to come together to discuss the realities of today’s environment and collectively come up with solutions that will maintain their right to collectively bargain, allow for access to strong health and retirement benefits, provide a living wage, and guarantee fair schedules that allow workers to have a balanced home and work life. That is why ACCE Action continues to talk to our members about their working conditions while we also stay engaged in big idea policy conversations around Universal Basic Income (UBI), a Federal Job Guarantee, Baby Bonds and more. So that when workers are developing solutions with us, we can bring what we know about innovative policy solutions being put forth and allow workers to shape those ideas.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!