LA Forward activates rising generations of Angelenos to join social justice movements that are fighting to transform Los Angeles into a fair, flourishing place for everyone.
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LA Forward unites a rising generation of progressive Angelenos with the organizers and policy experts who’ve been in the trenches for years — in order to build a powerful movement for a just, democratic, and sustainable world.
Successfully resisting attacks on democracy and justice starts close to home. Los Angeles seems poised to lead the resistance, but our corner of the world isn’t always as progressive as we might think. Local social justice coalitions often lack power to overcome privileged special interests.
LA Forward is changing that by tapping the energy of a rising generation, squeezed between an insecure economy and exorbitant housing costs, saddled with college debt and an uncertain future. We’re a generation that sees our values and interests intertwine with those who’ve long struggled to get by including immigrants, working people, and communities of color.
We are channeling this year’s flood of activism into an organizing network that methodically develops grassroots leadership. In places that have lacked a deep social justice base (e.g., Westside, Northeast LA, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast LA County), we will mobilize thousands of Angelenos for struggles to:
Build a vibrant city around public space and transit with affordable housing for all, where people of diverse classes, ethnicities, and cultures form communities together.
Guarantee rights and dignity for all workers on the job, including independent contractors.
Legalize street vending and stand up for immigrant rights.
Transform unjust policing and incarceration systems.
Fight climate change and pollution locally.
Fund universal healthcare and education with fair-share taxation.
OUR COALITION PARTNERS
WHAT WE DO
1. ACCESSIBLE POLITICAL EDUCATION
We present rigorous yet accessible introductions to local policy issues.
We don't talk down to you and we don't talk over your head. We communicate with as little jargon as possible. We bring together community voices and the latest scholarly research.
Our Facebook page is a hub for local policy updates and thought-provoking "big picture" articles.
We are especially proud of our ballot guides and our LA Forwards & Backwards podcast which reach tens of thousands of Angelenos.
2. DIGITAL MOBILIZATION
We blast action alerts to our 10,000 person email list with information on the day's most pressing local issues and instructions on how to contact policymakers.
3. GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING
We build power from the ground up by developing teams of grassroots leaders who mobilize our community in partnership with leading social justice coalitions.
We integrate trainings on topics like organizing, advocacy, power, and privilege so we are constantly developing our capacity as leaders.
We host social events like happy hours and weekend picnics in neighborhoods across the county to expand our community of relationships.
IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS
100,000 people reached by our voter guides since November 2016
Thousands of downloads of the LA Forwards & Backwards podcast
Hundreds of phone calls to local elected officials
80 people trained on how to effectively make change
16 community events across LA County
3 grassroots teams joining policy campaigns in partnership with community organizing networks