What is ACRE?
The Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE) is a campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability. We provide research and communications infrastructure and strategic support for organizations working on campaigns to win structural change by directly taking on the financial elite that are responsible for pillaging communities of color, devastating working class communities, and harming our environment. We partner with local organizations from across the United States that are working on racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns and help them connect the dots between their issues and Wall Street so that each of the local efforts feeds into a broad national movement to hold the financial sector accountable.
We approach all of our work through an explicit racial lens. We believe that race and class are intrinsically linked and that it is not possible to fix the structural problems in our economy in a race-neutral way. The financial and corporate elite use structural racism, targeting Black and Latino communities in particular, to divide us and pit us against each other while they destroy our livelihoods. We cannot achieve economic, environmental, or educational justice until we confront structural racism and take our demands directly to the financial elite profiting off the crises in our communities. At ACRE, we dedicate ourselves to doing just that.
ACRE Institute’s overarching organizational priorities highlight the work that we feel is essential to achieving economic and social justice for Black and Brown communities. In all of our work, we expect to achieve the following long-term outcomes:
- provide sharp, anti-corporate analysis with an explicitly racial lens;
- develop policy proposals that meet the immediate needs of front line communities, while also helping set us up for long-term structural change, and work with local organizations to run campaigns to win those proposals;
- engage with partners in movement-building work by providing strong research and robust campaign infrastructure support; and
- be a campaign hub and thought-leader that has a proven track record of moving the dial towards racial and economic justice in several key areas.
ACRE Institute partners with base-building organizations establishing power at the state and local levels around several issue areas.