The day of action and advocacy saw Rise Economy meet with elected officials on housing, banking and accountability campaigns. 

An image of a group of people sitting around a table inside of an office. Rise Economy and members took to the state’s capital Wednesday for a day of action and advocacy. 

It has been several years since Rise Economy last organized an in-person Lobby Day. Still, the staff and the nearly three dozen members worked like a well-oiled machine, moving with purpose and aplomb between offices and rooms in the State Capital complex in Sacramento, to discuss firsthand with elected officials like Sen. Monique Limón (D-19), Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (D-26) and Asm. Isaac G. Bryan (D-55) the need for critical legislative initiatives to shape a more transparent, equitable and financially inclusive future for California communities. 

“We know that when we fight, we win,” said Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, Rise Economy CEO. “Our Lobby Day is another tool at our disposal in the fight to secure progressive policy that allows all Californians to thrive.”

Rise Economy member organizations such as the California Community Land Trust Network, Tenants Together and Haven Neighborhood Services, as well as allies like SEIU met with legislators on various focus points including SB 1201 (Durazo), a bill that would require disclosure of human owners of LLCs that own property, a public banking option for California and a California-level Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

“This is an opportunity to inform and educate elected officials and their staff on campaigns that could improve the lives of their constituents for the better,” said Aliyah Shaheed, Rise Economy’s Northern California Organizer. “We hope that these in-person meetings will foster goodwill and highlight the value of current bills like SB1201 and CalAccount as well as future bills like a California-specific CRA.”