What Do We Believe?

The California Progressive Alliance (CPA) is a statewide independent volunteer network of progressive individuals, groups, and organizations united by our shared belief that a better California is possible by reclaiming our government from the corporate interests that have overshadowed the voice of the people. Together–regardless of party affiliation or no party affiliation–we seek to (1) elevate progressive ideas throughout the state, (2) promote the creation of local political alliances and people-powered coalitions to enact progressive change in local government, (3) support corporate-free progressive candidates and progressive issue-based electoral campaigns, and (4) wield our collective power to lobby the state legislature on current and future legislation, as well as research and write new model legislation.

We define “progressive” as anything or anyone that has a predilection for the poor, the working class, and for historically marginalized communities, and that works to actively elevate, and not further harm, these communities. This applies to issues, individuals, organizations, legislation, and overall narrative.

We define “corporate-free” candidates as those taking no corporate or business money, including no money from LLCs, LLPs, or small businesses. While we support business and entrepreneurship–especially small independent businesses–and their right to make a decent profit, we believe that money from business accounts should not be a part of our electoral and political process. We strongly denounce corporate PACs and are unwavering in our belief that corporations are not people. At the same time, we maintain that unions and non-corporate PACs are “corporate-free” because they are made up of people fighting for individual rights, protections, and social benefits, rather than for business profits.

Steering Committee (2019-2020)

Nick Cortez (San Jose, CA)
Whitney Leigh (Berkeley, CA)
Paul Kilkenny (Richmond, CA)
Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, CA)
Amy Martenson (Napa, CA)
Cynthia Liu (Los Angeles, CA)
Eugene Fields (Orange, CA)
Desirée Bates Rojas (Sacramento, CA)
Octavia Tuohey (Mission Viejo, CA)
Ken Warfield (Anaheim, CA)

The California Progressive Alliance
(510) 984-6536  ·  P.O. Box 5284  ·  Richmond CA 98405

Advisory Board Members

Socrates Cruz – Former Steering Committee member and Bernie Campaign staff
Roxana Marachi –  SJSU professor and Education Researcher, NAACP education advisor
Ramses Teon Nichols – Labor organizer, SEIU Local 1021.
David Bacon – Labor Organizer, photographer and writer.
David Cobb – Move to Amend co-founder and former Green Party Presidential Candidate.
Chesa Boudin – San Francisco District Attorney
Kimberly Ellis – Former Executive Director of Emerge CA and candidate for Chair of the CA Democratic Party.
Norman Soloman – Roots Action Co-Founder and National Director
Michelle Manos – KPFA Listener station board
Trinity Tran – Co-founder and lead organizer for California Public Banking Alliance, Public Bank LA, Revolution LA and Divest LA.

Join Us as a Monthly Member Today!

Monthly dues for CPA membership are:

  • $5 for seniors and low-income members
  • $10 for regular membership
  • $27 or more for sponsor-level membership

Furthermore, if you would like to be a member but face financial difficulties please reach out to us directly — we are working to create a scholarship fund in order to ensure that ALL people who want to be part of the Alliance can become members regardless of financial ability.

Note: Only members are eligible to vote on CPA matters and at official convenings (all are invited to attend).

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California Progressive Alliance Annual Meeting 2020
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We seek to elevate progressive ideas; promote the creation of local political alliances and coalitions for political power; support corporate-free progressive candidates and issue-based electoral campaigns; and expand the communication and dialogue ​among​ all our progressive family in the state of California, respecting and supporting the work done by all.