OUR AGENDA

We have faith that a society grounded in the principles of justice is possible.  But to get there, we have to tackle the issues that impact our communities and ensure that elected leaders are held accountable for advancing a progressive policy agenda that addresses the underlying, structural barriers to equality. These are the issues we’ll stay focused on - a roadmap for change.

 Our collective voice can’t be heard if it’s muzzled.  The key to repairing our broken political system includes electing candidates who are committed to real change on our issues.  But we must do more to expand voting rights and access to the ballot.  to expand access.   All members of our community deserve a say—including the formerly incarcerated.  And we must  bring an end to a corrupt campaign finance system that benefits corporations over citizens. Check out our detailed proposal on how we make this real in our full policy brief:    Make sure every voice is heard by ensuring voting rights for the formerly convicted and new Americans      Give our communities a say in the policies that affect them, especially development, zoning and gentrification plans      Fight for the expansion of Section V of the Voting Rights Act which protects everyone’s constitutional right to participate in the democratic process

Our collective voice can’t be heard if it’s muzzled.  The key to repairing our broken political system includes electing candidates who are committed to real change on our issues.  But we must do more to expand voting rights and access to the ballot.  to expand access.   All members of our community deserve a say—including the formerly incarcerated.  And we must  bring an end to a corrupt campaign finance system that benefits corporations over citizens. Check out our detailed proposal on how we make this real in our full policy brief:

Make sure every voice is heard by ensuring voting rights for the formerly convicted and new Americans

Give our communities a say in the policies that affect them, especially development, zoning and gentrification plans

Fight for the expansion of Section V of the Voting Rights Act which protects everyone’s constitutional right to participate in the democratic process

 With little to no justice in the current system, our communities have fallen victim to a failed drug war that’s produced over-incarceration.  We need major shifts at every level—police departments, courts and local government—to turn things around. Check out our detailed proposal on how we make this real  in our full policy brief:    No more over-policing, military tactics and racial profiling      Police departments, civil and criminal courts need to be restructured from the smallest practices to the biggest policies including bail reform      Stop the so-called War on Drugs and its devastating effects      Replace militarization within the police departments with human services      Cease minimum sentencing and unjust jail time      We need prevention services and programs that address violence against the LGBTQ community, new Americans and violence within households.      End excessive fines and fees in low-income communities      Put a stop to driver’s license seizures for minor infractions

With little to no justice in the current system, our communities have fallen victim to a failed drug war that’s produced over-incarceration.  We need major shifts at every level—police departments, courts and local government—to turn things around. Check out our detailed proposal on how we make this real  in our full policy brief:

No more over-policing, military tactics and racial profiling

Police departments, civil and criminal courts need to be restructured from the smallest practices to the biggest policies including bail reform

Stop the so-called War on Drugs and its devastating effects

Replace militarization within the police departments with human services

Cease minimum sentencing and unjust jail time

We need prevention services and programs that address violence against the LGBTQ community, new Americans and violence within households.

End excessive fines and fees in low-income communities

Put a stop to driver’s license seizures for minor infractions

Our economy needs a total overhaul. Racial, gender and wealth gaps need to be closed. We need a sound structure that ensures equal opportunity as well as we housing, workplace and financial security in our communities. Check out our detailed proposal on how we make this real  in our full policy brief:

Safe affordable housing where critical services, amenities, education and fresh food are accessible

Stopping predatory lending from financial institutions

Affordable financial support and services for working families

Tax benefits that will give low-income households a fighting chance at financial security

Putting an end to the privatization of prisons

More affordable higher education

Financial aid for education no matter where you live

Banks being held accountable for the damage they have done in our communities

No more racial and gender workplace gaps

Investing in underserved communities and ending resident displacement

Doing away with healthcare debt

Early access to job training and opportunities