LA Forward offers the context, connections, and community you need to join the movement for a just, democratic, and sustainable Los Angeles.
LA Forward Take Action Meeting —
Housing & the November Elections
Sunday, July 22, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Looking to get involved with LA's most pressing issues? Want to fight like hell to win some elections in November?
Join us for a meeting we'll focus on housing issues, with a deep dive into how the housing system works (and doesn't) and discuss one of this November's most important ballot initiatives — Prop 10 which would repeal the "Costa-Hawkins" restrictions that limit cities' abilities to enact strong rent control.
Then we'll further develop plans for voter registration, education, and mobilization and start phone-banking and meme-making to make it happen.
RSVP for the address.
NEW MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
We're re-starting our monthly meetings with a new format.
To keep it easy to remember and put on your calendar in advance, they will always be every Second Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, etc. You get the idea.
SAVE THE DATES
The Busy Person's Guide to Making a Difference in the November Elections
Saturday, August 4, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Super busy with young kids or even just a demanding job BUT know you need to get involved with the elections? We'll cover the basics of phone-banking and canvassing, plus tips for making time to do it all from experienced campaigners and trainers.
Panel Discussion: The Criminalization of Immigrants + What We Can Do to Fight Back
Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hosted with the Silverlake Independent JCC. More details soon.
The Other Blue Wave — An Abbot Kinney Political Pop Up Event
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hang out with us on Abbot Kinney and learn about California's water issues and solutions from some of your favorite young experts and elected officials.
Sign up for action alerts, events, and policy guides.
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 7,000 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
- 60,000 people reached with our November 2016 and March 2017 ballot guides
- 32,000 downloads of the LA Forwards & Backwards podcast
- Hundreds of phone calls to local elected officials
- 80 people trained on how to effectively make change
- 14 community events across LA County
- 3 grassroots teams joining policy campaigns in partnership with community organizing networks
We’re powered by people like you.
Can you chip in?
We have BIG plans to grow our impact for the November elections.
But we can only follow through with YOUR support.