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, voter education, and leadership development.

Our vote is our power.


No matter where we come from or what our color, most of us work hard for our families: Black, white, brown, or Cambodian; native or immigrant; young person or senior. We all believe in a Long Beach where everyone can succeed. 

But still today, certain politicians and the greedy lobbyists that support them hurt everyone by handing kickbacks to corporations, defunding our schools, undermining community services, and displacing our neighbors. A powerful few try to divide us by race and by place so we won’t join together to demand what all of our families need. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

We are long overdue to rewrite the rules and make our voices heard. Our vote is our power. From affordable housing to justice reform, and worker protections to equal opportunity for all: we make the future by joining together as voters. 

From the Northside to the Westside and the Eastside, working people are joining together across racial differences to ensure our schools and communities get the resources they need, ensure we can stay in our homes, and build the future Long Beach we know is possible.

The future is ours to build by voting together!


Join Long Beach Rising! to build power in this election cycle! Get involved with the campaign.

Additional Long Beach Rising! Programs

People's State of the City 


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." Rewatch the event on YouTube or read the script by clicking here.

People's State of the City Archive

Media coverage from the People's State of the City

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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 2021. For questions, contact James Suazo at

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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 2021. For questions, contact Marlene Montañez at