People Power through Mass Civic Action
“Voting is the foundation stone for political action.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Los Angeles suffers from severe inequality. While the 1% has tried to beat back equality, everyday people have successfully come together to advance a more equitable future for our communities. South Los Angeles voters and residents are in a position to be an anchor of progressive change for the region. Through voting, civic activism, and the involvement of tens of thousands of everyday people, a united coalition of African Americans and Latinos will create a better Los Angeles for all.
There are _______ voters in South Los Angeles. While ___% of South Los Angeles voters are registered, only ___% turn out to vote. This needs to change… and that change has already begun.
To date Community Coalition has contacted over 40,000 voters in South Los Angeles. Due to our voter engagement efforts, our neighborhoods vote at nearly twice the rate the county average*. Our task is ensure all of South Los Angeles votes and to mobilize tens of thousands of African American and Latino voters to the ballot box. We know that a community that votes, is a community that will be heard.
We want to move from involving thousands of residents in activism to tens of thousands. Elections are key, but the period between election cycles are just as important. This is why Community Coalition instigates activism in between elections to keep voters informed, create opportunities for voters to weigh in on key civic issues and remain in contact with their elected officials. Our goal is on-ramp 15,000 voters in volunteer and civic activism in between elections in the following ways:
- Town Hall Meetings
- Service Days
- Music and Art Festivals
- The Movement Newspaper
- Online Campaigns
- Civic Leadership School
- Neighborhood Activism
- People Power Assembly
Power Festival is South Los Angeles’ premier civic activism concert of the year. For the past three years, Community Coalition hosts a music festival that attracts Grammy nominated artists such as Aloe Blacc and Mali Music to our corner on the 39th and Western to raise awareness on the key issues impacting South Los Angeles, and recruit new members into our journey to social justice.
Community Coalition recognizes that transforming our communities requires building alliances committed to advancing equity. This is why we have joined California Calls’ "We are California" campaign to build a statewide alliance of voters who believe in equality, fairness, and justice.
Currently, we are working on on campaign to treat taxpayers equally, as corporations continue to get away with paying hardly on taxes on properties they own, costing our counties billions of dollars a year in needed revenue. Together, we have successfully passed two ballot measures making California a better place to live for all of its people.