Culture & Civic Life
The social justice-focused nonprofit organization harnesses activism in South Los Angeles to bring about change.
California Calls' strategy is straightforward: engage communities in the process of making California a better place for all those who live in the state. The 31 organizations that make up California Calls' alliance are committed to a bottom-up approach that empowers local communities. The alliance's four primary goals are funding public services, improving the effectiveness of government, reforming taxes equitably, and fostering economic growth. These organizations span 12 California counties and strategically engage those communities and residents most likely to be left out of changemaking processes.
In addition to these four primary goals, the California Calls alliance is critically engaged in the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Building Healthy Communities Program. The African American Civic Engagement Project was launched in 2016 by California Calls and several partners to support movement building in Black communities and raise awareness and accountability around police brutality, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Further, California Calls has worked closely with more than 50 of the groups that make up Building Healthy Communities, a place-based California Endowment initiative. California Calls, in particular, has worked with groups in communities experiencing rapid changes in racial, ethnic, and age demographics to advance economic and social justice.
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