The 6 Wins for Social Equity Network is made up of the following social justice, faith, public health, and environmental organizations who work together to ensure that the Bay Area’s transit, housing, jobs, and sustainability policies break the patterns of segregation, sprawl, and pollution that have disadvantaged low-income communities and communities of color for generations:
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
- Breakthrough Communities
- California Walks
- Causa Justa
- Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO)
- Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods
- East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
- East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)
- Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLCSMC)
- North Bay Organizing Project
- Public Advocates
- Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP)
- Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
- San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action (SFOP/PIA)
- San Mateo Community Union Community Alliance (SMCUCA)
- Sunflower Alliance
- Urban Habitat
- Working Partnerships USA
We came together in 2010 to ensure that regional planning in the Bay Area advances:
- Affordable Housing
- Robust and Affordable Local Transit Service
- Investment Without Displacement
- Healthy and Safe Communities
- Economic Opportunity
- Community Power
Our voices are many and our perspectives diverse. But we all agree that the Bay Area’s regional transportation, land-use, and housing plan, known as Plan Bay Area, must serve residents of ALL races and incomes equally. It must address the climate crisis and decades of structural inequities, while avoiding creating new inequities.
By working together, we can build a stronger, healthier, and more equitable future for everyone. Our campaign work – such as the development of the Equity, Environment and Jobs (EEJ) scenario for Plan Bay Area – demonstrates that a regional policy agenda driven by grassroots, community-identified needs will produce the most equitable plan for the Bay Area. That means more affordable housing, fewer displaced residents, more transit service (especially local bus service), healthier air, and the greatest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
On July 27th, MTC held a meeting to vote on conditioning OBAG funds to anti-displacement measures. In response to the community’s call for urgent action, the commissioners unanimously approved a proposal submitted by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to make cities with anti-displacement policies more competitive for OBAG funds. Twenty-six 6 Wins members and allies turned out at the meeting. Seventeen members representing public health, policy advocacy, tenant rights, environmental justice, community labor, affordable housing, and civil rights organizations from Oakland, Santa Rosa, San Mateo, and San Francisco testified. Urban Habitat and Public Advocates collected almost 500 signatures from an online petition from 54 different Bay Area cities telling MTC to end mass displacement in the Bay Area. Speakers shared how displacement is disrupting their lives, livelihoods, and neighborhoods, and shared with MTC that it has the power and duty to do something about it by unanimously voting to tie anti-displacement policies to OBAG funds.
On May 19, 2016, the 6 Wins Network gave the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the two regional agencies responsible for adopting Plan Bay Area 2040, a “D” for their performance in a report card.
The authors of the report card emphasized that it isn’t too late for MTC and ABAG to improve their performance and even get an “A” before a final report card is issued. Some key opportunities are coming up. This summer, MTC commissioners are expected to vote on how to use OBAG funds to address the housing crisis, and in September, MTC and ABAG are scheduled to decide on a “preferred scenario” for Plan Bay Area 2040 after getting input at public open houses in May and June. Click here to download a copy of the 6 Wins Network’s Interim Report Card to see how MTC and ABAG are performing on creating affordable housing, robust and affordable local transit service, investment without displacement, healthy and safe communities, economic opportunity, and community power – the 6 wins that gave the coalition its name.
For more information contact: Mashael Majid, Program Manager of Equitable Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org