As a multi-racial organization, ACCE organizes in predominantly black and brown communities and are deeply committed to helping our members unpack and tackle the issues that negatively impact them most - including structural racism.
Whether we’re leading a campaign for rent control, community investment, or healthcare reform - racial justice is at the core of our work. To do truly liberatory organizing, we are required to see the ways in which racism is woven into every aspect of our lives - from our experience walking down the street being forced to walk over trash due to the lack of city resources, to our witnessing the alarming displacement of black families from our communities, to our struggles in accessing quality public education for our kids. ACCE Action also works on more overt racial justice campaigns including work to divest from police departments in Contra Costa, Oakland and San Diego as well as electing criminal justice leaders to District Attorney positions including Diana Becton, the first African American woman to be elected as DA in Contra Costa County’s history.
It is in that tradition that we hold Racial and Economic Justice Trainings (REJ) for our staff and members taking into account Race and Class. The reality of WHO poverty impacts in California has a strong racial dimension. The WHAT and WHY’s of upcoming battles for poor Californians will continue to have a strong racial dynamic that is largely un-named in the strategic orientation of most economic justice groups. However, the work of uniting poor folks across racial lines, including non-people of color, is a strategy that many racial justice groups struggle to carry out, leaving our movements smaller than they need to be to tackle critical issues. A singular focus on economic disparity or racial inequity without a strong racial AND economic justice analysis does not accurately reflect the political landscape in California. That is why ACCE continues to commit to incorporating an REJ analysis into all of our work and continue to train our staff and members on it.
See below our 4 Pillars of Capitalism as listed in our REJ Training: