Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.
This Labor Day, as I take the helm of the Partnership for Working Families, I’m reflecting on the value and dignity of our labor, and also the value and dignity of our lives.
My heart has been heavy since the events of Ferguson. A mother senselessly lost her child, and Michael Brown’s killing has exposed the brutal fact that our lives are not equally valued.
From 2006 to 2012 in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week. That black people in our communities must proclaim that #blacklivesmatter reminds us that there are fundamental issues of inequality based on race that we must overcome before fully achieving the worker rights that we celebrate on Labor Day.
Nearly two million people have been deported by the current administration, separating countless families. That immigrant communities must declare #Not1More deportation is another reminder of the unequal value placed on different lives and the underlying issues that prevent many from fully participating in our economy. Read more...
Wednesday, September 10 at 2 Eastern
In our conversations with local CBA coalitions across the country, we are often asked, “How do we get the developer to sit down with us to negotiate?” For this webinar, we have posed that question to three veterans of community benefit organizing. For the first part of the presentation, they will provide a framework for maximizing the impact of your coalition’s activities, with a goal of getting the developer to negotiate. The second part of the webinar is dedicated to answering your questions about the challenges you face in getting to negotiations.
November 15 is America Recycles Day. Like me, you might wonder what recycling is really about. Is it just making sure to use the right bin? Is it just taking personal responsibility for our planet’s health? That’s part of it: we all discard or recycle something we no longer need every day. Americans throw out about 7 lbs of garbage a day. Recycling reduces waste, but there’s also the potential to transform trash into justice.
- Detroiters seek benefits as development booms in city, The Detroit News
- Kingsbridge Armory ice center nets $30M infusion, Crain’s New York Business
- Developer, city finalize lease to turn vacant Kingsbridge Armory into ice center, New York Daily News
- Letter: Find the win-win in community benefits, Detroit News
- DEGC chief to council: Don't derail Detroit's recovery, Detroit Free Press
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Building a New Economy for All
- Building a powerful network of urban affiliates
- Forming strong alliances with organizations and advocates
- Winning campaigns to bring good, safe jobs to low income communities & communities of color
Resulting in green cities, and healthier living for working families