Together with Long Beach residents, workers, teachers and students, we are working to transform Long Beach into a more progressive city that will enact policies which will support workers and their families. Long Beach Rising! advocates for civic participation, voter engagement, and community organizing among historically underrepresented communities. The group focuses on issues such as jobs, housing, education, immigrant rights, environmental health, and neighborhood safety.
The Leadership Development Program is a “training program geared toward strengthening skills in civic engagement and organizing to advance social, economic, political, and environmental justice.” It is a 6-week series of workshops to teach participants how to build a progressive common vision for Long Beach. Long Beach Rising has lead Leadership Development programs since 2011 and the program has continued to expand and develop each year.
The applications for the new series of the Long Beach Rising Civic Engagement Leadership Development Program will be available in the fall! Recruitment for the program will occur in November. Check back later for the app!
Power Analysis Workshop Series:
In the Summer of 2013, Long Beach Rising! led a series of educational workshops to build collective knowledge of the power of local government, including the Mayor, City Council, LBCC Trustees, LBUSD Board, and Boards & Commission.
Leadership program graduates and coalition leaders get involved in projects to engage and mobilize low-frequency voters, particularly working families. This program does most of its work around election time, so check in to see what is occurring during the November 2014 Statewide election!
Although only 17.5% of registered voters and about 10% of the Long Beach population voted in the April 2014 primary election, almost 10,000 new voters, many low-income immigrants and their children, cast their ballots, thanks to the comprehensive civic engagement efforts of the Coalition. Long Beach Rising! voter-engagement efforts have started to work towards a long-term cultural shift to build a more progressive Long Beach. In order to achieve these goals, community groups across Long Beach are working “to engage new and infrequent voters.” In 2014, Long Beach Rising participated in the most recent citywide election has led and supported extensive efforts: over 22 canvassing days, 175 coalition members and volunteers knocked on nearly 7500 doors, led canvasser trainings in English, Spanish and Khmer, and created a 52-page, comprehensive candidate guide for voters, with nearly 80% of candidates responding.
Long Beach Rising! Community Partners include:
Aikona: Sustainability in Service – Anakbayan Los Angeles – Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach – CSULB Political Science Student Association – Filipino Migrant Center – Green Education Inc. – Housing Long Beach – LAANE – LB Coalition for Good Jobs & a Healthy Community – Long Beach Time Exchange – LBCC Civic Engagement Club – LBCC Community Studies Program – Khmer Girls in Action – The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.