- Voices From the Frontlines Radio
- Bus Riders Union
- Clean Air, Clean Lungs, Clean Buses Campaign
- Community Rights Campaign
- Transit Riders for Public Transportation
- National School for Strategic Organizing
In the face of the Right's coherent ideology and tactical plan to launch electoral initiative after initiative against progressive politics and human rights, we believe it is necessary to work in united fronts with other progressive forces to defeat these efforts. Given the two-party move to the right and the need for independent, grassroots initiatives, Take the Initiative seeks to build an educated, independent, progressive voting bloc.
Our focus is to anticipate forthcoming right-wing initiatives, and produce and distribute trilingual flyers and hard-hitting voter education pamphlets to a multiracial movement. Our constituency is grassroots groups in Los Angeles and the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area, with a broad statewide reach throughout California.
Take the Initiative was formally founded in 2005, when the Strategy Center was awarded a New Voices Fellowship. However, our work in the electoral arena goes back to 1994, with the Bus Riders Union's work against Prop 187. We have seen in California the use of the initiative process by the Right to launch attack after attack against progressive politics and human rights, in an attempt to beat back many of the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. Examples include Prop 187, Prop 227 (bilingual education), Prop 209 (affirmative action), Prop 54 (raced-based data collection), Prop 83 (Jessica's Law), Props 73, 85 and 4 (parental notification), and more recently, Prop 8, Prop 6 and Prop 9. Often, the Democrats are either silent or offer weak challenges, rarely emphasizing messages that highlight the race, class, and gender biased nature of these initiatives.
2004 Don't Whitewash Our Civil Rights Campaign