ACCE Institute leaders are working year-round to address the many challenges facing their neighborhoods which have seen a history of disinvestment and marginalization. We are working to ensure that our communities are strong—fighting for quality schools, good jobs, responsible development, safe communities and investment in our neighborhood infrastructure.
Cleaner, Safer Neighborhoods
In communities up and down the state ACCE Institute has helped community leaders get streets, vacant lots and allies cleaned. In addition, ACCE Institute has pushed for “community policing” that gets the police working with the community as opposed to acting like an occupying army.
Community Benefits - Expanding Job Opportunities & Affordable Housing
ACCE Institute has been a leader in numerous “Community Benefits” campaigns that have successfully forced major new development projects to contribute towards meeting the needs of the surrounding community. Some specific results include:
- $9m+ in job training in SF & Oakland
- 2,000 new jobs in Oakland and 4,000 potential jobs in Richmond
- 420 new affordable units in SF
- $300,000 per year in local grants for Richmond
Access to Health Care for All
All families should have access to quality healthcare, but the sad reality is that California, prior to Obamacare, had the seventh highest uninsured rate in the country. ACCE Institute worked to educate and help enroll Californians, contributing to a 50% decline in uninsured in the State. ACCE Institute continues to work for Health Care for All to:
- Protect our communities from deep budget cuts to health care programs at state and local levels.
- Educate decision-makers about the urgent need for healthcare for undocumented immigrants through the Health Care 4 All coalition.
- Help our communities access services making sure they know what is available and how to get coverage.
Improving Our Schools ~ Giving Our Children the Opportunity to Succeed
ACCE Institute community leaders are organizing in their local schools and community colleges to bring parents, students, and teachers together to improve education and give every student the opportunity to succeed.
- Los Angeles Schools. Parents and students organizing with ACCE Institute are working with teachers to develop the school plan for the new Maya Angelou Community High School, and establish a restorative justice discipline policy aimed at supporting at-risk students and reducing suspensions.
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