Civic Engagement

Long Beach Rising!

Long Beach Rising! is a civic engagement coalition of local organizations promoting civic participation, alliance building, voter engagement, and community organizing amongst communities historically marginalized from the political process. Each year, Long Beach Rising! organizes several leadership and power building opportunities, including the People's State of the City. For more information about the member organizations of Long Beach Rising, click here. 

People's State of the City 2020 

On February 12, hundreds of people gathered at First Congregational Church for the ninth annual People's State of the City. As Audrena shared that evening: "the people's state of the city is not the solution--you are the solution." Take action from the event by exploring the links and resources below, including our three calls to action:


  1. Get counted in the 2020 Census! Commit to participate in the 2020 Census by joining the We Count Long Beach campaign.

  2. Vote in the upcoming elections! Whether you are able to vote in our democracy or not, we all have a role to play in lifting our communities up.  That’s why the Long Beach Rising coalition and VoiceWaves have compiled a city council candidate survey that is accessible online at

  3. Become a member of Long Beach Rising! As a member, you’ll receive the latest news, information, and actions. Text your name and zip code to 562-414-4404 right now!

Content from the People's State of the City

Media coverage

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Additional Long Beach Rising! Programs

LBR! Leadership Training 

Together with Long Beach residents, workers, teachers, and students, we are working to transform Long Beach into a more progressive city that will enact policies to support workers and their families.

The Long Beach Rising! Leadership Program is a 4-day training where participants will learn more about the opportunities for positive social change in Long Beach and how to organize their community. All community members are encouraged to participate regardless of experience and background!

Applications for the next cohort will be announced in Summer 2020. For questions, contact James Suazo at

Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) 

Citywide boards and commissions in Long Beach are increasingly playing a more important role in our city's decision-making and democracy. The LBR Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute is designed to train equity-minded residents how they can be advocate commissioners and get seated on one of the city's many boards and commissions.

The training is aimed at increasing the representation of diverse community stakeholders on Long Beach's boards and commissions. Over three day-long sessions, students learn about the city structure and the role of boards and commissions, what considerations they should make when getting appointed and eventually serving on a board, and how they can engage boards and commissions in their advocacy.

Applications for the next cohort will be announced in February 2020. For questions, contact James Suazo at

LBR! Get Out The Vote


As Long Beach Rising, we are local residents who believe that every person—regardless of the color of their skin, their level of education, their gender or sexual identity, whether or not they have a disability, the job that they have, or the neighborhood that they live in—should be able to participate and prosper in a fair and just society. On November 6th 2018, we asked Long Beach residents to join us in prioritizing working families by using and sharing our LBR Voter Guide with their friends and family. Read more about what we won on the Long Beach Forward blog.

Download the voter demographic slides from the People's Voter Forum by clicking here


Race and income do not determine one's future in Long Beach--it's a community where everyone is safe, connected, and healthy.


To create a healthy Long Beach with low-income communities of color by building community knowledge, leadership, and power.

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