Inland Empowerment is currently engaging in a number of exciting projects. From narrative projects to census outreach, the partners around the table are hard at work doing great things for the Inland Empire. 


In October of 2018, IE United began convening a coalition of 60+ organizations to come together to discuss a joint coordinated effort to get out the count for Census 2020. Over the course of Q3 of 2018 and Q1 of 2019 a joint proposal with The Community Foundation (TCF) was submitted to the state for 2.4 Million Dollars to support coordinated outreach in the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside. March 15 of 2019 TCF was awarded the contract, IE United was on the RFP and was identified as a lead bidder under the ACBO, TCF.  IE United will be conducting technical assistance, strategy, and general coordination for TCF. This will include strategizing around tech for outreach, coordination, and reporting to the state all outreach for TCF. 


We were asked to join a CA coalition working on Redistricting for post Census. The Coalition was brought together by Common Cause and The Advancement Project. Currently we are working on recruiting qualified individuals from counties of Riverside and San Bernardino to apply for the Redistricting Commission. There have been quite a few applications submitted to the state, about 10% is coming from the Inland Empire.


Over the past few years The HAAS institute at Berkeley has done site visits to the partners around the tablet to share their Blueprint 4 Belonging (B4B) project. A few months ago we deepened our relationship to the project and committed to work with HAAS over the next year to deepen their research and test some of the results in real time during our campaigns. We have had a few meetings that have been more of workshops around B4B and its narrative. We are now in the phase of doing focus groups, staff trainings, and compiling learning from the two. We are hoping to utilize the findings in our campaigns for 2020 to help influence how we and external campaigns in the region speak to voters and our hope is it will cause voters who have been historically left out of the process to relate the messaging and result in more participation.