After four years of fighting on defense, we the people just shattered turnout records and elected new leaders up and down the ballot.
Despite the pandemic, active voter suppression tactics, and billions of dollars spent by dark real estate money to fight our agenda, we just elected an incredible slate of racial and economic justice champions across the state of California!
Of the dozens of candidates ACCE endorsed, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE WON! ACCE Action’s endorsement process prioritized candidates who support rent control and have vowed to never take money from big real estate or corporate landlords - and with a legislature dominated by toxic real estate money - this is a BIG DEAL.
Racial and economic justice doesn’t just happen in “movement moments” of protest or at the ballot box - it happens during the year-round ground up organizing led by people of color across the state to transform society and each other. As we’re gaining momentum coming out of this election, now is the time to invest in a racial and economic justice vision for the long haul. <[link removed]>Become a sustaining donor of ACCE today! <[link removed]>
In Alameda County, we elected our very own fierce and amazing ACCE Oakland Director Carroll Fife to Oakland City Council and removed an entrenched anti-tenant candidate who has been seated for years. In Berkeley, despite over a hundred thousand dollars spent by national real estate groups, we elected the “Right to Housing” slate of candidates for Rent Board - including ACCE’s very own Legal Director Leah Simon Weisberg, and our Black Housing Union Organizer Dominique Walker.
In Contra Costa County, we have taken over Richmond City Council! Despite big money from Chevron and the cops, all of our progressive candidates won - Claudia Jimenez, Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE Organizer Melvin Willis. We helped elect Taylor Simms to Pittsburg Unified School District, Tamisha Walker to Antioch City Council, and ACCE Member Eduardo Torres to Bay Point Ambrose Recreation and Park District Board!
In Los Angeles County, we helped elect Holly Mitchell to LA County Board of Supervisors - who will join an all female majority progressive board. We helped unseat a highly problematic District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, and replaced her with George Gascón! Education justice champion Scott Schmerelson was elected to LA Unified School District Board! And in Downey, ACCE Member Catherine Alvarez was elected to City Council!
In San Diego County, we have seen some outstanding victories - for the first time ever, we have elected a progressive majority to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors! Two incredible women, Nora Vargas and Terra Lawson-Remer, have both been elected and we look forward to moving real progressive legislation with them. And in National City and Chula Vista, we are close to confirming Marcus Bush, Jose Rodriguez and Andrea Cardenas - all strong supporters of our housing justice platform.
In Sacramento, earlier this year we elected a member of the “Sacramento Squad,” Katie Valenzuela, and are on our way to electing Mai Vang, both critical wins as we work to build a progressive city council that will fight for affordable housing, economic inclusion, workers rights, and a strong social safety net!
And at the state level, we helped re-elect David Chiu - one of the strongest tenant advocates in the legislature -and added to the tenant caucus with the election of newcomer Alex Lee.
This election has been a rollercoaster, and while we are elated by our local victories across the state, we are sober about the work ahead of us. We need your help to build a government that prioritizes racial and economic justice. We need your help to succeed in reallocating the trillions of dollars that have been hoarded by the wealthy few during the course of this pandemic. We need your help to win a just recovery that prioritizes the wellbeing and security of renters, essential workers and communities of color. People like you- people with a commitment to building a future that takes care of all of us - are throwing down and investing in this work for the long haul. Commit to racial and economic justice by becoming a sustaining member of ACCE today. <[link removed]>