About

Bay Rising Action is a grassroots political network that champions strong leaders representing our racial, economic, and environmental justice movements and builds the political power of working-class, immigrant, Black, Latinx, and Asian communities. We unite these communities to create a community-based political infrastructure capable of electing leaders who will achieve the bold solutions we need and stay accountable to us, not corporate lobbyists.

Bay Rising Action is a 501(c)4 organization. Visit our sister 501(c)3 organization, Bay Rising, here.

What We Do

  • Make endorsements, create regional voter guides, and support our local partners to create localized versions
  • Provide campaign support in strategic races: communications, mailers, texting, digital tools, voter analysis and targeting
  • Organize for democracy reform that would make elections more fair, equitable and accessible to all
  • Support a co-governance model with our local partners
    • Guide everyday people along the path of leadership, developing them from volunteers to candidates, campaign managers to legislative staff, and from organizers to policymakers
    • Organize grassroots members with our local 501(c)4 partners to participate in local government, from lobbying in City Hall to going up to Sacramento to present their issues to state leaders; these members do not just testify about their experiences, but also develop legislation and ballot measures
    • Influence how laws and regulations are implemented
    • Support elected officials to be accountable and effective leaders with our neighborhoods and communities

What We Stand For

Bay Rising Action advocates for a world where all people participate in community control and political power; where everyone has a home; and where everyone has the sanctuary to live without fear of deportation or criminalization. We believe in clean air, parks, and water, in environmental justice and just transition to a regenerative economy where life flourishes. We center the value of work with dignity where everyone can earn a living wage and receive quality healthcare; we believe in justice for young people and families. We are also fighting for democracy reform that would make elections more fair, equitable and accessible to all.

Our Local Partners

Bay Area’S Young Voters Are Registering At Lower Rates. Organizers Are Combating This Ahead Of 2024 Election

September 11, 2023
SFGATE/September 6, 2023 The 2020 presidential election produced some of the highest turnout of young voters and voters of color. Alex Lalama was amon…

“We don’t pick ourselves” to run: An interview with Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao

August 14, 2023
In April 2023, Oakland Rising Action interviewed newly elected Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao. Thao’s commitment to social justice and equity has been…

Are You Thinking About Running for Office? Questions to Consider

August 03, 2023
If you’re considering running for office, it’s essential to take the time to assess your readiness and evaluate your motivations. Answerin…

Part 2: “I care not just about inclusion, but about changing the systems for people of color and their families”: An Interview with San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees Vice President Ligia Andrade Zúñiga

April 11, 2023
In March 2023, we interviewed San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees Vice President, Ligia Andrade Zúñiga for Women’s History Month. V…

Part 1: “I care not just about inclusion, but about changing the systems for people of color and their families”: An Interview with San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees, Ligia Andrade Zúñiga

April 11, 2023
In March 2023, we interviewed San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees, Ligia Andrade Zúñiga for Women’s History Month. Vice President Z…