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For ten years FRESC has helped communities in Denver engage in planning processes related to transit-oriented development because we believe that public investments should be used for public good. Linda Gallegos, a mother of seven and a resident near the East Corridor commuter rail line, has been involved in FRESC’s equitable transportation campaign from the start. “Things are hard right now. The rent is higher than I’ve ever seen, my job pays barely gets us by, and my kids have to take a 3hr bus ride to get to a good school,” she says. “I never thought I could do anything about this.
For years, the waste and recycling system servicing Los Angeles businesses and apartment buildings has been a "Wild West" -- resulting in over-reliance on landfills, unnecessary truck impacts, unfair customer rates and a safe haven for abusive employers. But a critical City Council hearing on August 29 brought us one big step closer to cleaner air, better jobs and recycling for all.
Labor Day isn’t just a picnic at The Partnership for Working Families. Partnership affiliates are in the trenches with statewide and local ballot initiatives to improve the lives of millions of working families.
Through rap, “spoken word” poetry and music, one strong message permeated a room full of supporters for a November ballot initiative to raise San Jose’s minimum wage: “It’s time for ten.”
Secretary-Treasurer of the National AFL-CIO Liz Shuler offered her unwavering endorsement of the increase as she lauded the group of young activists who launched the effort to create an ordinance mandating a $10 an hour minimum wage in San Jose. The current state minimum is $8.
Colorado’s ballot may not break any records for length this year, but working families voters here have a few important issues before them. FRESC joined a coalition in collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to fight back against the Citizens United decision.
How can we boost the economies of our cities, support our local small businesses and sustain thriving communities? The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, an organization supported by LAANE, has a suggestion: Pass the Hotel Living Wage initiative on the November ballot.
The initiative would set a minimum wage of $13 an hour; provide up to five paid days off per year for sick, vacation or personal needs; and protect worker tips for an estimated 2,000 hotel workers in the 16 largest hotels in Long Beach.
To my delight, 2012 has been a great year for understanding the opinions and values of the highly diverse community we call Asian Americans. Finding meaningful data on the opinions of various Asian American communities on civic life and social issues has been difficult if not nearly impossible. Two significant reports released this year changed that. The Pew Research Center and APIA Vote each conducted its own national Asian American survey, polling the largest ethnic groups within the Asian American community in their own languages.
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) didn’t set out 35 years ago to do electoral work. But we fought to protect Boston Chinatown from highways, hospitals, and luxury condo developers. As that grassroots organizing led to voter engagement, CPA found that the strongest grassroots organizing needs to encompass methods of struggle at all levels of the system, and that learning to work in the electoral arena is critical to broadening the impact of community organizing.
Diep Tang spent most of last spring in San Jose, California organizing events and registering young Vietnamese voters as part of Working Partnerships USA’s Lead the Vote project.
It was hard but ultimately rewarding work, with Lead the Vote – funded by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters – surpassing its registration goal of 3,500 new voters on high school and college campuses across the county.
Sean Maher, a navy veteran, began his career like generations of Milwaukee workers –in a metal fabrication factory. In 1998, the rapid collapse of manufacturing led him to the local Laborers Union. Large infrastructure projects, including Miller Park baseball stadium and the Oak Creek Power Plant, provided 10 years of steady employment and the opportunity to hone his skills. In 2009, as the national economy went into a deep recession, construction work in Milwaukee took a nosedive. For over a year, Sean was laid off.