We are a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. We engineer large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Our goal is that members of all communities have the safety, opportunity and health they need to thrive.
Our signature is reach and impact. With our strong ties to diverse communities, unlikely alliances, policy and legal expertise, and creative use of technology, we and our partners have won over $15 billion to extend opportunity. Whether it is to build 150 schools, transform the City of Los Angeles’ approach to its gang epidemic, or revolutionize the use of data in policymaking, Advancement Project evens the odds for communities striving to attain equal footing and equal treatment.
Because of Advancement Project's Work in California
- Since 2007, Los Angeles has seen a paradigm shift in how the City and police think about and allocate resources to gang violence prevention. Much of this progress can be attributed to Advancement Project’s 2007 report titled “Call to Action” that set forth a sweeping set of recommendations. In the last five years the City of Los Angeles has targeted resources to gang violence hot spots, the L.A. Police Department has adopted a community-based policing methodology, a large cadre of gang violence interventionists have been trained to boost their effectiveness and elected officials have changed the way they talk about gang members, now calling them community members that we need to save, not put in prison. The opportunity now is to leverage the success in Los Angeles and bring the strategy to communities across California and the nation.
- Our Educational Equity team has altered the way that state legislators and local school districts think about early care and education (ECE). Our cutting-edge research and convening of advocates through the Water Cooler conference and workgroups has created a critical mass of voices in support of ECE. Long before President Obama called for universal preschool, the Water Cooler created a safe space for previously-warring ECE advocates in California to come together, build relationships and trust and share campaigns and strategies. Even in very difficult budget environments, legislators pushed back against proposals to make more major cuts to ECE programs because of education and pressure from Water Cooler advocates. When resources were taken away or imperiled, research like SaveMySeatLA.org made the impacts clear and showed the disparity inherent in ECE services to low-income communities and communities of color. Our Educational Equity work has been necessarily quiet and behind the scenes, but the opportunity now is to ensure that ECE is recognized and resourced so that all of California’s children have a fair start.
- Starting with Census 2010 Advancement Project has changed the way that California’s disenfranchised communities participate in the civic and electoral process. With the Census we helped ensure that “hard to count” communities were mobilized to participate. Based on 2010 Census numbers, the state’s first-ever open redistricting process created a sea change in how communities of color are represented in the Legislature and Congress. Our ReDrawCA.org site (and subsidiary sites ReDrawLA.org and ReDrawSF.org) provided advocates with a free, state of the art data and mapping portal and highly skilled staff support to make their voices heard at the Redistricting Commission. The opportunity now is to ramp up civic engagement work by Healthy City through tapping advocate networks and large-scale coverage of new work around the California Voting Rights Act that will ensure opportunity for diverse representation at the smallest electoral level.
This short video was produced to celebrate Advancement Project's 10th Anniversary and is a great introduction to our leaders, supporters and innovations in building schools, reducing gang violence and harnessing the power of technology to advance civil rights.
For more details about each of our programs and their impact, read our Advancement Project Fact Sheet.
To learn more about our national office's work in voter protection, access and equity in educational opportunity, immigrant rights and more, please visit their website.