Now, Solano is in another crisis. But because Common Ground has been organizing for the last ten years, everyday people have a seat at the table with local government to decide how to respond.
Since Covid-19 started, Common Ground has:
- Worked with Solano County Supervisors to pass one of the most generous emergency tenant protection ordinances in the state- Facilitated communication between key players in Solano County's disaster response network- Organized a team of Spanish-Speaking leaders to ensure that this community's needs and stories are represented
- Worked with sister organizations to hold a statewide action with over 1000 leaders, to advocate for more aid for undocumented essential workers.
We are building a diverse, powerful constituency. In the short term, we are engaging local decision-makers to protect working families from the harshest impacts of this crisis. In the long term, Common Ground aims to reshape the economy and politics of Solano County. We are developing the capacity of everyday people to move from isolation to community, from victims to agents and leaders. It’s hard work, and it takes time. But conversation by conversation, action by action, we are building the kind of constituency needed to ensure families in Solano County have the resources they need to thrive.
We are building power by:
- Holding large conversations online and offline where diverse groups can share experiences and move from hopelessness to action.
- Convening teams to research issues around economic development, housing, public safety, education, and other issues of concern to families.
- Training leaders in churches, synagogues, unions, and schools in the art of effective organizing
- Building the capacity of institutions to survive and thrive in this crisis, and serve and protect the families that rely on them.
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