Since it was founded in 1974, Berkeley Citizens’ Action has worked to create an inclusive, just, and compassionate community. Our goal today is to protect and build upon what is valuable, historic and wonderful about Berkeley’s past as a progressive city and to ensure that we will remain a model for the rest of the country in such areas as the environment, livable wages, affordable housing, social justice, diversity, and nonviolence. BCA currently focuses on helping voters understand the issues, getting out the vote, helping progressive candidates get elected and progressive measures get passed, and working to defeat measures that would increase intolerance, injustice, and inequality.
While some Berkeley residents may remember BCA as aligning with the City Council on most issues, BCA’s role has changed as the City Council has become increasingly conservative. Berkeley still has a reputation for being a progressive, innovative city, but it is facing many challenges, including skyrocketing housing costs, growing income inequality and homelessness, and a police force that wants to become increasingly militarized. Unfortunately the current City Council majority tends to make decisions that favor developers, big business, and UC Berkeley’s administration rather than the people who actually live here.
I am interested in getting involved in the police reform activity in Berkeley. Is BCA a place where that can happen?
Thank you for your query. Police reform is a high priority with BCA. There are two community groups that are working specifically on police reform, and BCA Steering Committee members are active with these groups. They are Berkeley Community Safety Coalition (http://www.berkeleycommunitysafety.org/) and Racial and Criminal Justice Reform from Wellstone (firstname.lastname@example.org) Both meet on Zoom at this time. I’d recommend either group for more in depth work.
Am studying history of Berekely and BCA. What was the original plan that BCA used to take over City government? I read a copy some years ago and in it was listed steps to be taken to accomplish this goal. One critical was district elections. Please tell me the name of this document and who was the primary author.
i do not know the article you are referring to.