Power in Review

December Newsletter

Power in Review: 2020 In Photos

We got through 2020 together. We depended on each other to meet extraordinary, unimaginable circumstances with grit, determination, and community. Thank you. Against all odds and amid all of the challenges each one of us faced–together, we held the power of change. 

As a country, we faced a worldwide pandemic–and Black, brown, and immigrant communities bore the brunt of its devastation. The virus exposed the fragility of a “normal” that had never worked for too many of us, plunging families into crisis as unemployment soared, inadequate child care options grew even more unattainable, and folks made impossible choices between food or shelter. And then the nation witnessed the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We took to the streets, following Black leaders to declare that Black Lives Matter and to demand a government that reflects that reality. 

As a movement, we met this moment. We protested. We organized. We voted to change the players that call the political shots in our lives. And we won together. Take a moment to reflect with us on the challenges and triumphs of this year through photography. 



We started the year with programs to build people power. In the Bay Area, we knocked on doors alongside Parent Voices Oakland, helping to win a model tax policy to support parents and child care providers. We gathered at our offices to learn from the first cohort of the Women’s Fellowship program, which grounded us in the wisdom of community leaders, and we started building our relational voter contact strategy using digital tools like the Outvote app, which became a crucial element of our contacting “unlikely” voters in the pandemic that soon consumed the country.



When the Community Change family kicked off this monumental year with an All Staff Retreat, we didn’t know what 2020 would throw at us. We focused on improvisation, connection, and vision, and we were clear that organizing, communication, a sense of humor, and collective power would be our tools to meet the challenges ahead of us this year.



The pandemic changed how we live, work, and build power. As we remember and mourn more than  300,000 lives lost, we recognize that the public health crisis also raised the stakes for all our fights: immigrant justice, housing security, reinvestment in Black communities, jobs and income support, and child care. It became clear that Black, brown, and immigrant workers are not only essential to a functioning America, but also are treated as expendable. So we continued to raise our voice: in the streets and through digital platforms toward our representatives.  Photo Locations: COVID memorial on the Washington, D.C. national mall; Mitch Better Have My Money rally in Washington, D.C.; Housing partners action at Congress; Immigration partners fight for Dreamers and DACA on the Supreme Court steps.



In the days and weeks following George Floyd’s killing, despite the still-raging pandemic, people across the country followed Black activists into the streets. The protests grew to include more people than any prior protest movement as Black, brown, and white people, folks born in this country and elsewhere, showed up to protest the killing of unarmed Black people by the police. The movement moment accelerated our work to grow the Black Freedom Collective, which is building Black political power through grassroots organizing. Photo Location: The 2020 March on Washington and Black Lives Matter protests across the country.



In September, we gathered in a virtual community to celebrate those leading the way in this pivotal moment for our movement. Every year, we celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just world alive.  This year’s honorees: Susan Pritzker, Co-Founder of The Libra Foundation; United We Dream Network; Clarissa Doutherd, Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland; and Movement for Black Lives. 



In 2020, voters of color showed their political power. Community Change Action and our partners helped to determine the results in 20 states by using the power of organizing our friends and family, connecting with people on the issues that matter in their lives, and staying engaged over the months and years between elections. We engaged 13.8 million voters, connecting with people who are looking for a different kind of politics and reaching the people most impacted by the policies of the last four years and the injustice of the last four decades.

In Case You Missed It


The Electoral College officially elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Monday. On a recent episode of The System Check Podcast, Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren dive into what needs to happen in the 78-days between Election day and Inauguration day, including drawing on insight from a few experts and leaders who understand the intricacies of this system and why presidential transitions matter to American democracy. Meanwhile, Community Change Action President Lorella Praeli is quoted in the Associated Press about the diversity of Biden’s top administration picks.  

Winning an election is good, but building power is better.

Community Change Action’s Managing Director Deepak Pateriya shares what worked this election cycle and how to apply the lessons learned as we build lasting power in our communities in The Forge, an online media source for organizing strategy and agents of social change.

Coronavirus takes toll on Black, Latino child care providers

Women of color make up 40% of child care providers, and this month we had another stark reminder of how the pandemic exacerbates the crisis of underfunded child care and undervalued child care, workers. In Yahoo News, read about the Community Change Action’s child care partner SPACEs in Action and child care provider Angelique Marshall who are facing existential threats–financially and from COVID-19.

A pre-inauguration conversation about our power

Join Community Change on Thursday, January 14 for a conversation with our grassroots partners who, as we enter the next Administration, are doubling down on our winning strategy–organizing–to make sure officials prioritize our policies from the ground up for immigrant rights, child care justice, and COVID-19 relief that is bold, caring, and inclusive.