Long Beach Forward is an independent nonprofit organization, rooted in more than a decade of community organizing.
Join us in tackling institutional issues of racial and income inequities, in partnership with Long Beach residents and coalition partners. With your support, we can better serve community health and safety needs, building upon our strong foundation of people power.
Race and income do not determine one’s future in Long Beach–it’s a community where everyone is safe, connected, and healthy.
To create a healthy Long Beach with low-income communities of color by building community knowledge, leadership, and power.
We work with groups often not invited to the table to ensure their voices are heard, they can lead change, and our democracy is strengthened. Opportunity and participation in political processes should not be constrained by income and race.
We are stronger together and building relationships among diverse residents, organizations, and decision makers is key to achieving our vision of a healthier Long Beach.
We create a space for people to come together and be part of a community of like-minded people facing similar challenges and working toward a common goal.
We transform how business is done and decisions are made by addressing root causes and supporting those most affected to lead the charge. We seek long-lasting change today.
We support low-income communities of color to bring about change and we are committed and accountable to help push this change forward. We walk the walk and are constantly evolving to better meet the needs of our communities.
We ensure that community and governmental planning and decision-making processes meaningfully include low-income communities of color. We focus our support and outreach to groups whose work centers low-income communities of color. We develop relationships with systems leaders in order to identify potential partnerships. We follow the community and governmental landscape and alert stakeholders to potential opportunities for advocacy and engagement.
We work with community stakeholders to develop and carry out communication strategies that elevate their issues, change the narrative, and move people into action.
We work with them to identify the support they need and provide the appropriate training, such as how to create messages, pitch stories to media, and utilize social media.
We cultivate relationships with local media and utilize local expertise to increase news coverage of issues often left out of the Long Beach narrative. We strengthen advocacy efforts by facilitating technical trainings and knowledge sharing. We train individuals on how to make a more strategic and impactful case when engaging decision makers and influencers on issues they care most about.
Examples include how to use online databases for land-use campaigns or how to turn an Environmental Impact Report into a reader-friendly infographic. We connect community organizers with other leaders looking to strengthen their organizing skills and share their insights on topics like communications and power analysis.
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