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 families across California, ACCE Action is deeply committed to fighting displacement and building a California where everyone has access to a safe and affordable place to live. In all of our offices, ACCE Action organizes tenants facing rent increases and unjust evictions – and is fighting for rent control policies and tenant protections across the state.
In 2018, ACCE Action played a critical role in advancing rent control across California. Most prominently, we were one of the signatories that put the repeal of Costa Hawkins on the ballot and played a leading role in driving the campaign. We collected tens of thousands of signatures to lead us to a successful ballot qualification and led an effort that contacted nearly a million voters through the election on the phone, doors or via text in support of Proposition 10. While Prop 10 did not pass, the campaign was a vehicle that built tremendous power and support for the housing justice movement - fundamentally altering the landscape in California. While Wall Street landlords outspent us more than 4 to 1 - momentum for rent control is growing. Poll after poll has shown that a majority of California voters support it and it has become an issue that California elected officials have come to realize must be addressed.
On the local level, ACCE Action put two additional rent control and just cause measures on the ballot: in National City and we qualified a ballot initiative in Sacramento for the 2020 election. In National City, despite that the opposition outspent us 10 to 1 to defeat our citizen led initiative, we only lost by an incredibly small margin of just 155 votes.
ACCE Action is also a proud steering committee member of Housing NOW! – a statewide coalition that is building power to make housing affordable and combat the displacement crisis that is disproportionately impacting working class communities of color. Led by tenants, our coalition also includes allied landlords, realtors, and dozens of community, faith and labor organizations.
- In 2017, ACCE members lobbied for and passed six of our 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.
- 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 campaigns intended 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.
With this momentum under our belt, we are adding tenants and allies into the housing justice movement as we seek to:
- Protect Tenants: Protecting tenants from displacement and harm with just cause eviction laws and regulation of the abusive practices of Wall Street landlords.
- Preserve Our Homes: Preserving existing affordable housing stock by expanding rent control and expanded code enforcement.
- Produce Affordable Housing: Invest in new deeply affordable housing and make big corporations pay their fair share
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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
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!