Top 10 Activist Hot Spots In Bay Area

Data From Care2 - The Largest Community For Good - Reveals Most Active Communities

Feb 03, 2016, 08:00 ET from Care2

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Care2, the petition site, announced its first ever Top 10 Activist Communities list for the Bay Area, which reveals the communities home to people who sign the most online petitions per capita.  Care2 analyzed data for over 150 million signatures from its 33 million member social network. 

The Top Ten communities are home to the most engaged, passionate individuals standing up for their rights, as well as for the welfare of individuals, animals and the environment around the world.  Bay Area petitions have covered a range of topics including stopping a proposed sidewalk toll on the Golden Gate bridge, saving the San Francisco Flower Market, ending policy brutality, sheltering immigrants, banning exotic animal acts, stopping the clear-cutting of trees in the Oakland hills, protecting cyclists' rights, and much more.

The Bay Area Activism Map shows hotbeds for activism spread throughout the Bay Area, with Berkeley taking the top spot.  The most active area in San Francisco was The Castro/Dolores Heights/Noe Valley area followed by Treasure Island and Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley. Oakland's most active neighborhood was Montclair, followed by Glenview and Upper Rockridge.  For San Jose, the top spot was Downtown, followed by Rose Garden and Cambrian Park.


Top 10 Bay Area Activist Communities:  

  1. Berkeley
  2. Bolinas
  3. Woodacre
  4. Petaluma
  5. Montara
  6. Oakland
  7. Boulder Creek
  8. Albany
  9. Sausalito
  10. La Honda

"We applaud these communities for their outstanding commitment to speaking up for causes they believe in," Care2 CEO Randy Paynter said. "Civic engagement is the foundation for a healthy democracy. In this election year, it's important to remember that 'We the People' really do have the power, but only when we take action. Citizens in these communities know that extraordinary things happen when people who care take action together."

Care2 releases these findings in advance of the introduction of a hyper local platform, Care2 Local Petitions, in early February. This first-of-its-kind platform is designed to help community activists create more impact at a local level.

Online petitions have become a cornerstone of civic engagement and advocacy, exploding in popularity by getting results while governments remain deadlocked.  Care2 represents the largest online community for good – helping people start online petitions and support each other's campaigns.

Care2 members start and sign thousands of petitions each month on topics ranging from local school and traffic concerns, to cyber bulling, women's rights, and animal welfare, such as the Care2 petition that sparked an international uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion.

About Care2
Care2, the longest running petition site, is a social network of over 33 million activists standing together for good.  Care2 helps individuals start petitions and make a difference in their community while helping over 1500 nonprofit clients recruit more than 50 million prospective donors worldwide. Care2 petitions have received international acclaim for making a difference in human rights, women's rights and animal welfare, such as protecting African wildlife in response to the killing of Cecil the lion by an American trophy hunter. 

Unlike other petition platforms, Care2 does not charge citizens for supporting their petitions.  In addition, as the world's largest values-aligned community for good, Care2 will only work with organizations that support a kinder, more inclusive and sustainable world.

Care2 is a rapidly growing, profitable Silicon Valley-based B Corporation, using the power of business as a force for good. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.