The East Bay Activist Alliance (EBAA) is composed of volunteer activists and organizations in San Francisco's East Bay. We feel fortunate to live in an area whose bounty includes natural beauty, a renowned university, a thriving economy, a civically engaged true blue community, and progressive leadership at both the state and local levels. The stark contrast between our good fortune and that of many Americans in red states was made plain in the 2016 Presidential election. EBAA began as a way to support our neighbors in other states where the political leadership does not reflect the values and needs of those people.
We support strategic state legislative campaigns in key swing states, with the aim of flipping statehouses blue. When Democrats gain control in state legislatures, a progressive majority can promote important initiatives such as gun safety legislation, increased funding for education, and better healthcare policy. Democrats can also protect voting rights and fight gerrymandering, which is especially important now, given the redistricting that will occur in 2021.
Using our large network of volunteers, we support our selected candidates by organizing and providing peoplepower for phonebanks, textbanks, postcarding, and canvassing, and by raising funds.
Our impact extends to important state campaigns such as state propositions and judicial elections, and can influence federal election outcomes such as U.S. House and Senate races and of course the presidential election. In this critical election year, our hard work can make a difference in elections at all levels.
EBAA is composed of both groups and individuals. EBAA holds an annual membership meeting to review our principles and determine which campaigns and causes to support that year. Currently, EBAA boasts almost 2,000 individual members and we work with local, regional, and national groups such as Sister District Project, Indivisible, Swing Left, and Flip the West.
Fair and democratic representation for every American
Ending voter suppression and gerrymandering
Supporting community-based organizations’ year-round civic engagement work including voting rights and registration
Using data to select strategic races where EBAA can make an impact up and down the ballot
Collaborating with and relying upon the wisdom of local leadership while acting in service of candidates, campaigns, and grassroots organizations
Building a durable, welcoming, and civically engaged East Bay community
Employing transparent decision-making with input from EBAA activists
Our Strategic Principles
EBAA adopted the following principles to ensure we support the most strategic swing districts in the nation. We work in communities where our participation will:
Increase democratic participation at all levels
Help ensure that all votes can be cast and are treated equally
Make a meaningful difference in races that have national impact
EBAA contributed to the blue wave that rolled over the critical states of Virginia and Michigan.
After two campaign cycles in Virginia, Democrats control the Governor’s seat and both state houses, for the first time in 25 years.
In Michigan, inroads made in state legislative races in 2018 make flipping the state House of Representatives a real possibility in 2020.
33 canvassers knocked 13,000 doors
22,000 phone calls
12,300 texts (all requested)
3,500 postcards (all requested)
Two election victories (one by exactly 40 votes)!
1 State House race
1 State Senate race
1 Congressional race
30 canvassers knocked 7,000 doors (plus 10 more canvassers for Congressional race)
18,000 phone calls
Three election victories!
2 State House races
20 canvassers knocked 3,000 doors
10,000 phone calls
Two election victories!