“What can we do now in order to be able to do tomorrow what we are unable to do today?”
― Paulo Freire
When we launched our long term agenda last year, three key concepts guided our thinking:
- Transformational change doesn’t happen in one year. To shape the world we dream of, we have to take on big structural fights that shift who holds power in our economy and government.
- We need to challenge corporations at all the points where they extract from our communities. A higher wage isn’t enough when your landlord keeps raising rents, your tax dollars are diverted from schools and parks to private profits, and your neighborhood is being poisoned by fossil fuel power plants.
- We must intentionally build the power and leadership of communities of color, gender-oppressed folks, immigrants, and other marginalized people. When oppressed people have the skills and support structures to lead transformative movements, all of us get free.
This year, our network has been putting these principles into action. We’re taking on some of the most powerful corporations and industries: Amazon, corporate landlords, Uber, and Lyft. We’re winning stepping-stone fights that both make people’s lives better today and set up our communities to achieve bigger victories at work, at home, in our communities, and in our government. And throughout our work, we’re practicing multiracial, feminist forms of leadership.
In this report, we’re excited to share some highlights from this work and how they’re moving us along the path to collective liberation.
This year, we:
- Led coalitions and developed worker leaders to improve the jobs of over 6 million working people.
- Won over $10.7 billion for climate projects, housing, debt relief, transportation, childcare, and other community needs.
- Won stronger protections against abusive landlords for over 175,000 renter households.
- Made election rules more fair in places where over 17 million people live.
- Developed the leadership of over 200 grassroots and network leaders.