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Template:TOCnestleft Center for Popular Democracy is a nationwide network that includes many re-constituted ACORN chapters. It controls Local Progress.

Partner Organization of ProsperUS

Center for Popular Democracy is listed as a "Partner Organization" of ProsperUS,[1] a coalition of leftist groups formed during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic to demand massive government spending, including Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" spending bill.[2],[3],[4]

Rise Up Retail

Rise Up Retail becomes United for Respect April 2019 tweet screenshot

A Vox article from Sept 28 2018 by Bryce Covert[5] explained that "[T]he Rise Up Retail campaign is a melding of the Center for Popular Democracy, which is a nonprofit that advocates for a variety of workplace issues, and OUR (Organization United for Respect) Walmart, which is now going by OUR and branching out beyond the original retail behemoth. Most of the work consists of retail workers reaching out to other retail workers to organize and mobilize them, much of it done through social media."

In April 2019, Rise Up Retail announced that they would be changing their name to United for Respect.[6]

Opioid Network

Politico reported in November 2017 that a group calling itself the "Opioid Network, spearheaded by Center for Popular Democracy" is made up of over 45 advocacy organizations is demanding $45 billion for the opioid epidemic.[7] 

National Survey of the Retail Workforce

A 2017 "report" titled "Job Quality and Economic Opportunity in Retail: Key Findings from a National Survey of the Retail Workforce" conducted by the Center for Popular Democracy gave the following acknowledgements:[8]

This report was researched and written by Maggie Corser. It was edited by Rachel Deutsch, Carrie Gleason, and Lily Wang, Fair Workweek Initiative at the Center for Popular Democracy. This survey benefited from the input of an advisory group which included: Andrea Dehlendorf and Tyfani Faulkner, United for Respect; Dr. Anna Haley-Lock, Rutgers University; Dr. Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Dr. Susan Lambert, University of Chicago. We would like to thank the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for supporting this research.

Board of Directors

As of December 2017;[9]

Strategic Advisory Council

As of December 2017;[10]


As of December 2017;[11]

Partner organizations

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POWER to the People's Convention

Eric Mar July 10, 2016.


POWER to the People's Convention in Pittsburgh! An INSPIRED thank you to the Center for Popular Democracy/Local Progress, Make the Road, WORKING FAMILIES PARTY!, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), SEIU 32BJ, and so many others! — with Brad Lander, Helen Gym, Nikki Fortunato Bas, John Avalos, Tarsi Dunlop, Sarah Johnson and Ady Barkan at Center for Popular Democracy.


Center for Popular Democracy would like to thank everyone who made October’s 2016 joint CPD-ACCE gala a huge success! Over 175 guests packed the room at Impact Hub in Oakland to support CPD and ACCE and to celebrate this year’s inspiring honorees: Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU Local 2015, Guillermo Mayer, president and CEO of Public Advocates, and John Avalos, San Francisco District 11 board of supervisors members and Local Progress board chair.

We would like to give a special shout out to our major sponsors, CFT, Josh Pesdchtalt, SEIU Local 2015, SEIU International, Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips, Rigo Valdez of UFCW 770, and the San Francisco Foundation. Your support ensures that the values of equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy become national priorities.[13]

Anti-ICE protest

They came from all over, took planes and buses from 47 states, slept at friends' homes or in churches and prepared to be arrested Thursday June 27, 2018in Washington, D.C.

Most of the participants were white women, stumbling over the syllables of Spanish-language chants. Many had never faced arrest before. But here they were.

Capitol Police said 575 protesters were arrested and escorted out of the Hart Senate Office Building in a mass demonstration that called for the abolishment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and an end to migrant family detentions and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

They were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, a misdemeanor.

"I have two kids, and as a white mother, there is almost no circumstance that they would be taken away from me - ever," said Victoria Farris, who slept Wednesday night in All Souls Church after participating in civil disobedience training. "I was awake one night because I couldn't sleep thinking about all those [immigrant] mothers and terrified children. I realized I had to do something more than protest, more than make a sign and march."

Protesters unfurled banners inside the Hart building Thursday as others staged a sit-in, wrapping themselves in shiny, silver space blankets. The political banners, which aren't allowed in the building's lobby, were confiscated by police.

Capitol Police process a group consisting mostly of women demonstrators inside the Hart building in Washington, D.C.

Then the arrests began.

Just after 3 p.m., protesters were rounded up in groups of a dozen or more and led out of the building.

"Abolish ICE," they shouted as more were moved out. "Shut it down."

Demonstrators continued to sing and chant as they were led away.

When the first group was escorted out of the building, the remaining crowd erupted in cheers.

As police continued to clear the area, several senators greeted demonstrators, including Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

"I join them in calling on the Trump administration to reunite these families and give these kids back to their parents," Duckworth said. "On my side of things, I ask my colleagues, let's pass, finally, sensible immigration reform."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., joined in the protest and was led out with marchers by Capitol Police. Actress Susan Sarandon, who marched at the front as the protest made its way down Constitution Avenue, was arrested with a group of demonstrators.

It took about an hour to clear the women from the building.

The protest began hours earlier at Freedom Plaza, where hundreds of women robed in white and carrying signs deriding the Trump administration's immigration policy had gathered. The protest was organized by a coalition of groups, including the Women's March and the immigrant advocacy organization Casa de Maryland.

Several participants wrote "WE CARE" on their palms, a rebuke of the jacket first lady Melania Trump wore on her first trip to visit detained children near the border.

Ana Maria Archila, executive director of Center for Popular Democracy, said calling for the disbandment of ICE "would have seemed absurd even a few months ago."

But now it is central to the mission of her group and Thursday's march.

"This country has finally been exposed to the brutality and inhumanity of immigration enforcement," she said. "This barrage of injustices has inspired us to say, 'No more. We will not be silent. We will not obey.' "

After gathering at Freedom Plaza, the group marched to the Justice Department before heading to the Hart building, singing hymns and protest songs all the way.

Organizers of the D.C. rally said similar protests will take place in 351 congressional districts across the country.[14]