History

Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC), San Francisco

Bay Area Organizing Committee signage and speakers on stageSince 1993, BAOC has been successfully working on issues such as healthcare, employment, redevelopment, housing and immigration. Some of BAOC’s major accomplishments include:

  • Organized to help pass the Healthy San Francisco health access plan, benefiting 82,000 low-income residents and workers.
  • Worked to secure passage of the S.F. Health Care Accountability Ordinance that mandated health coverage for city workers and contract employees.
  • Fought to keep San Francisco General Hospital in the Mission district, accessible to working poor and low-income residents.
  • Worked to establish a Living Wage Law in San Francisco that applies to 18,000 low-income workers.
  • Helped save the jobs of 1200 largely immigrant baggage screeners at San Francisco International Airport after the backlash of 9/11/2001.
  • Organized community members to oppose development plans that called for the demolition of housing for 240 immigrant and minority families in San Bruno.
  • Increased affordable housing citywide and secured an ordinance calling for 1000 new affordable homes including 500 at Mission Bay developments.
  • Expedited 75,000 local citizenship applications and held Citizenship Days to file applications at local sites, increasing the passing rate from 65% to 90%.
  • Successfully organized alongside civic and labor leaders to keep St. Luke’s Hospital open – one of only two acute-care hospitals serving the predominantly working class and immigrant neighborhoods in the Southern portion of San Francisco.

BAOC is committed to building citizen power for ordinary people in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), Marin County

MOC convention 2009In 2005, three hundred delegates from synagogues, churches, and other non-profits gathered to commit to building a broad-based, non-partisan political organization in Marin County. After four years of relationship building, leadership development, research, and initial actions, the Marin Organizing Committee celebrated its Founding Convention in October of 2009. With 1,100 delegates from 20 dues-paying member institutions representing over 15,000 families, MOC organized the largest non-partisan political gathering in county history.
Since the convention MOC has:

  • Successfully negotiated with Marin County to provide an interim open shelter for the homeless during the winter months and have organized nearly a million dollars of annual public investment in shelter and safety net measures.
  • Organized to end the San Rafael Police Department’s punitive automatic 30-day car impound policy, affecting thousands of local immigrant families. This work led to an ongoing partnership with the Chief of Police aimed at improving neighborhood safety and the relationships between police and immigrant families.
  • Led a county-wide effort to educate local residents about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and increase enrollment in Covered California and expanded Medi-Cal, gaining the county’s commitment to hire and train 20 new eligibility workers.

MOC leaders continue to organize to improve safety net services, rebuild relationships between law enforcement and immigrant families, increase neighborhood safety, ensure the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other issues related to housing, healthcare, immigration, and public safety.

Common Ground | Nuestro Terreno, Solano and Napa Counties

 Common Ground IAF is a broad-based organization composed of fifteen diverse congregations, nonprofits, cultural and civic associations. The organization was founded on June 23, 2013 at a convention of 1,200 delegates to serve as a foundation for public relationships and civic action around issues that affect communities across Solano and Napa Counties. The combined membership of all dues paying institutions represent over 27,400 people residing in the cities of Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, American Canyon and Napa with institutions also considering membership in Dixon and Vacaville.IMG_3536

Though the organization is less than a year old, Common Ground leaders have already accomplished the following:

  • Held their first public action with all candidates running for city council in Vallejo.
  • Organized workshops for over 200 immigrant families to apply for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Participated in civic academies on topics ranging from teen homelessness to workforce development strategies.

Common Ground leaders are currently in the process of doing house meetings inside and across their institutions to identify and develop a broad agenda for public action. Issues already identified include public safety, childhood poverty, homelessness, employment, treatment of immigrants and seniors, and access to health care.

BAOC in Sonoma County

The IAF has nearly decade of history in Sonoma County taking effective social action to impact immigrant rights, police-community relations, mental health, affordable housing and other issues.

Today, BAOC is building a broad base of diverse religious and civic institutions representing a mix of interests. The work  is twofold: strengthening the reresurrectionleaderlationships, leadership and mission of each member institution while also creating a base of relational power from which local leaders can act together across Sonoma County. In particular, BAOC is focused on building alliances between institutions representing predominantly younger, immigrant, farm and service workers and those serving an older, well-educated, white collar professional class in order to develop the broad-based institutional power necessary to address the great disparities between rich and poor in the region.