Civic Engagement

For 17 years, InnerCity Struggle has worked to win meaningful education reform for youth and parents in East Los Angeles. We've had many victories over the years but we know there's more work to be done.  


To ensure every student has the opportunity to succeed, our state needs real solutions to our budget problems. That's why InnerCity Struggle is proud to announce our role as an anchor organization of California Calls: An Alliance to Renew the Dream. As a member of California Calls, InnerCity Struggle is working to create, real, lasting change to our state's tax system. 


Since 2009, the alliance, which consists of over 27 community-based organizations in 11 counties, has identified over 265,000 voters mostly in low-income, communities of color who support reforming our state's budget and investing in our California's future. Here at InnerCity Struggle, we've identified over 24,000 such voters in Los Angeles. 


We know that every student deserves a quality education and, with your help, we can make that dream a reality. Please visit http://www.californiacalls.org/get-involved to learn how you can help get our state back on track. 



 

 

The Civic Engagement component organizes Eastside residents on issues that impact their quality of life.  The aim of the Civic Engagement component is to build an educated and informed electorate that can positively influence election outcomes that best represent their community's interest. 

 

The following are key accomplishments that the Civic Engagement Component has made over the past 5 years:


2005

  • Increased voter turnout by 5% in the local city council race

2006

  • Increased voter turnout by 12% in the local school board race
  • Registered more than 600 New Latino Voters in East Los Angeles
  • Helped approve Proposition 1D (K - University School Facilities Bond) through turn-out of Eastside voters.

2007

  • Launched on going high school voter registration drives at our four local high schools (Garfield, Roosevelt, Wilson and Lincoln)

2008

  • Conducted hundreds of "Electoral Justice 101" workshops at our four local high schools (Garfield, Roosevelt, Wilson and Lincoln) to encourage youth to participate in the Presidential Elections.
  • Helped defeat Proposition 6 (Youth Criminalization Initiative) among Eastside Voters
  • Helped approve Measure Q (School Construction Bond) among Eastside Voters.

2009

  • Polled close to 30,000 Eastside Voters on:

1) tax and fiscal policy reform

2) school funding

3) creating Pilot Schools in the Eastside

 

The Civic Engagement component organizes Eastside residents around issues that impact their quality of life.  The aim of the Civic Engagement component is to build an educated and informed electorate that can positively influence election outcomes that best represent their interests.