Bay Rising

Location: Oakland, CA
Region: Bay Area
Founding: 2015
Founder/Leadership:  Kimi Lee


Bay Rising (BR) is a growing alliance between community-led organizations across the Bay Area. Their vision is of a healthier, more equitable society centered on grassroots organizing and social movements led by those most impacted — working-class people of color. Along with three local alliances that anchor Bay Rising — Oakland Rising, San Francisco Rising, and Silicon Valley Rising — and working in response to the mounting inequity and displacement occurring in the Bay Area, these organizations build political power that advances genuinely progressive policy solutions supporting healthy, equitable, and inclusive communities for all. 

Collectively, BR represents tens of thousands of grassroots leaders of color. As BR grows beyond the core counties of Alameda, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, they are supporting emerging and existing base-building groups that represent communities of color and working class people through a network of alignment and mutual support throughout the nine Bay Area counties.

Climate Justice Alliance

Location: Berkeley, CA
Region: United States
Founding: 2013
Founders/leadership: Ozawa Bineshi Alber, co-executive director; Monica Atkins, co-executive director; Marion Gee, co-excecutive director

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is rooted in the cultural wisdom of Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the United States. CJA unites frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force by applying the power of deep grassroots organizing to win local, regional, statewide, and national battles that work toward building a Just Transition. With decades of frontline wisdom and organizing, CJA members made local versions of the Green New Deal from New York City to Oregon, centering traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and creating pathways for a regenerative future. 

Formed in 2013, CJA emerged from a three-year process of grassroots groups and movement support organizations in the racial, environmental, and economic justice spaces working together for global climate justice. With the goal of aiding more than 100 million people, many living near toxic, climate polluting energy infrastructure, CJA centers racially oppressed and low-income communities — those who have suffered disproportionately from the impacts of pollution — through organizing, mass direct action, electoral work, cultural revival, and policy advocacy.  

CJA milestones include convening a climate justice assembly at the 2nd United States Social Forum in Detroit (2010) attended by 400 people representing over 118 organizations; sending movement delegations to the recent UN climate accord conferences (Copenhagen in 2010, Cancun in 2011, Durban in 2012); participating in the climate summit in Bolivia, which produced the Cochabamba Protocol; and the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit (2012). Most notably, the CJA joined 64 other organizations in 2019 for the Frontline Green New Deal Climate and Regenerative Economic Policy Summit. CJA Policy Fellow Kari Fulutron was a speaker along with Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and climate and housing advocates.

Justice Funders

Location: Oakland, CA
Region: United States
Founding: 2009
Founders/leadership: Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, co-director; Dana Kawaoka-Chen, co-director

Justice Funders first emerged in 2009 as the Bay Area Justice Funders Network, as local funders sought spaces to unite the philanthropic community and front-line leaders following the murder of Oscar Grant by BART Police.

A partner and guide for reimagining philanthropic practices that advance a thriving and just world, Justice Funders fosters leadership development by supporting professional grantmakers and consulting with philanthropic institutions to reimagine how their organizations can operate as a justice funder. 

Justice Funders believes philanthropy must take an active role in building a world that redistributes wealth, democratizes power, and shifts economic control to communities. The organization is guided by the principles of Just Transition which support a shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. 

Oakland Rising

Location: Oakland, CA
Region: California
Founding: 2006
Founders/Leadership: Liz Suk, Executive Director


Oakland Rising was founded in 2006 by the executive directors from APEN, Ella Baker Center, E-BASE, and Urban Habitat. They envisioned an alliance of organizations that aligned with their civic engagement work, collectively worked on electoral organizing, and strengthened the social justice movement in Oakland. By aligning regional like-minded forces, leading with values that center social justice, and flexing people’s power through mass-based electoral organizing, Oakland Rising works toward realizing shared dreams of health, happiness, safety, and opportunity for all. 

A multilingual, multiracial economic justice collaborative, Oakland Rising, is building the political power of working-class communities of color along with three local alliances: Bay Rising, San Francisco Rising, and Silicon Valley Rising. Together, in response to the mounting inequity and displacement occurring in the Bay Area, they work to build political power that advances genuinely progressive policy solutions supporting healthy, equitable, and inclusive communities for all. 

Together, the collaborative has won flagship policies at local and state levels that included a minimum wage increase; a tenant protection ordinance; a landmark jobs policy that featured living wages, local hires, and job access for workers with disadvantages, prior incarcerations, and other employment barriers; Prop 47, a state measure reallocating resources from incarceration to community-based re-entry services; and Proposition 30, a state measure that returned $6 billion to the state for critical services by raising taxes on the wealthiest Californians.

Oakland Rising remains committed and forward-thinking, ready to face new challenges supporting a thriving, progressive community in Oakland.