Our Work

The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

Our Issues

We have seen growing challenges facing our democracy—restrictive voting laws, criminalization of third party registration, increased barriers to the ballot box, and corporations exerting an ever-...

The banking crisis of the last few years was catastrophic on many levels. Homeownership rates for low- and moderate-income families and families of color have plummeted. Neighborhoods are losing...

In Fall 2013, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) launched the Sustainability Initiative to address one of the greatest challenges facing base-building community organizations: the need to...

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and our core partners are helping to drive local efforts across the country to improve the lives of working people by raising the minimum wage.

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Housing remains a critical determinant of opportunity, impacting health, access to employment, and access to quality education, among many other factors. However, entrenched residential...

Organizing & Capacity Building at the Center for Popular Democracy:

Builds strong organizing partners. 
Through an annual work planning process with each...

It has sapped billions of dollars of wealth away from middle- and low-income communities, has led to the highest sustained unemployment levels in 75 years, and has had a disproportionate impact on...

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) has been on the front lines of the national movement to guarantee paid sick days to workers. On September 25, 2013, the campaign scored a major victory when...

In cities across the country, millions of dollars are being spent on over-policing policies that target immigrant communities and communities of color, leading to mass incarceration, deportation,...

Across the country, a growing number of municipalities have begun to issue “municipal ID cards” to their residents. These municipal identification cards typically feature the photo and address of...

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