ELACC’s community organizing work is fighting the displacement of families by building grassroots leadership, social consciousness, and community-driven development. Our organizing work focuses on leadership development and community empowerment by facilitating civic engagement with Boyle Heights’ low-income residents, with the goal of advocating for responsible urban and economic development that benefits existing residents. With many of Boyle Heights residents unfamiliar and intimidated by the prospect of interacting with local government, our Community Organizing training programs and community-driven campaigns aim to educate, build awareness, and fortify the confidence necessary for them to advocate for community needs, while increasing unity among neighbors.
RIGHT TO THE CITY ALLIANCE: Right to the City (RTTC) emerged in 2007 as a unified response to gentrification and a call to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color from their historic urban neighborhoods. We are a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations. Through shared principles and a common frame and theory of change, RTTC is building a national movement for racial justice, urban justice, human rights, and democracy. ELACC is an original member of the Right to the City Alliance in Los Angeles. ELACC currently sits on the national Steering Committee, which directs and advises the Alliance on movement and political strategy for its national campaigns.
HOME FOR ALL: ELACC’s community organizing membership is actively leading the RTTC Home for All Campaign locally, in an effort to save the Wyvernwood Garden Apartment’s from demolition. Homes For All is a national campaign with the goal of broadening the conversation of the housing crisis beyond foreclosure and putting forth a comprehensive housing agenda that also speaks to issues affecting public housing residents, homeless families, and the growing number of renters in American cities. Homes For All aims to protect, defend, and expand housing that is truly affordable and dignified for low-income and very low-income communities by engaging those most directly impacted by this crisis through local and national organizing, winning strong local policies that protect renters and homeowners, and shifting the national debate on housing. RTC is working collaboratively across sectors to develop national housing policy that ensures that our communities and future generations have homes that are truly affordable, stable, and dignified. The campaign has grown to include 25 RTC member groups and a formal partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition.