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CPD Annual Report 2016

During 2016, CPD and CPD Action grew significantly, in size, scale, and most importantly, impact.

    CPD now has a staff of more than 70 with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, and additional staff in Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Illinois. CPD and together with our 501c4 sister organization CPD Action, had, at the end of 2016, a combined budget of over $20 million.

    At the same time, CPD’s network of allied organizations has also continued to grow significantly since our founding. We now have close to 50 partner organizations, spread across 35 states, representing a combined membership of more than 500,000 people. Our partners have a combined budget of more than $80 million, and a combined staff of more than 780. Notably, more than half of our partner organizations are led by people of color, and more than half are led by women.

    In 2016, our communities faced incredible challenges: the economy continued to fail working families; hate and anti-immigrant vitriol surfaced throughout the presidential campaign; low-income families faced a crisis of access to affordable, quality housing; and our public education system continued to be stripped of resources. All of these challenges, as ever, were painfully more acute for communities of color and for Black and Latino communities, in particular.

    On November 9th we woke up to an entirely new reality. The Trump campaign had been characterized by unprecedented levels of hate, disdain and threats of violence towards the very communities our organizations represent, protect and fight for.

    As 2017 unfolds and the Trump administration attempts to build a policy and legislative program to match its rhetoric of hate, CPD continues to drive strategies to capture the upsurge in resistance energy and activity, to catalyze action to the streets, to protect prior victories and to win new progressive change, and to elevate our collective voice and vision for justice. We are doing so with a renewed commitment to building lasting institutions that engage constituencies over time on the range of issues that are priorities for them and to ensuring the safety of our people, our institutions and our communities.