Our mission is to mobilize community voice, advocate for sound policy, and eradicate injustice to promote equal access to opportunity regardless of race, income, and place.
Amidst abundance, California is home to what has been referred to as the ‘Appalachia of the West,” among the lowest income cities and towns in the nation, families exposed to myriad environmental hazards, water too filthy to drink and wastewater oozing from dilapidated septic systems. While hundreds of thousands of our neighbors fight for the most fundamental elements of a healthy and thriving community, local and statewide officials too often perpetuate the phenomenon of two Californias through practice and policy, and through acts and omissions.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will fundamentally shift the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that impacts California’s low income, rural regions. Based in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin and East Coachella Valleys we will work alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place.
Our experience in rural California has taught us that as long as the most vulnerable populations remain silent and sidelined environmental degradation will continue, infrastructure will crumble, and the most basic of services and amenities will remain beyond the reach for those in need. And, municipal, regional and state-wide policies will continue to further disadvantage low income, rural communities through programs, funding formulas and eligibility criteria that favor wealthier regions.
Through community organizing, research, legal representation and policy advocacy we will impact land use and transportation planning, shift public investment priorities, guide environmental policy, and promote the provision of basic infrastructure and services. In collaboration with local and statewide advocates, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will reverse trends that have reigned throughout our history and confront the inequality and deficiencies that continue to plague this state.