Puget Sound Sage successfully brought the Partnership for Working Families community benefits model to the northwest in 2008. We signed a landmark community benefits agreement, culminating a two-year campaign and we took the first step in inserting these values into Metro-Seattle’s public policy debate as well.
2008 will long be remembered as a year of change – a time of shifting political landscapes, economic uncertainty, and renewed hope in the power of community organizing. Here at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), we have found ourselves even more deeply grounded in the struggle to make the economy work for working people and facing new challenges with passion and commitment.
By Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Executive Director
Working Partnerships USA is a public policy institute that builds partnerships with community, labor and faith organizations to improve the lives of families in Silicon Valley. In 2008, WPUSA scored a series of big victories that will benefit thousands of working families in our community.
The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) won important policy battles in 2008 that set the stage for major improvements in the lives of local workers. The new policies will make it tougher for developers and contractors to pay poverty wages and deny employee health coverage, raising the standard of living for many working families.
Good jobs now a goal for future development
2008 was a year of challenges and great rewards for the Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE). The energy generated by the presidential election gave us the opportunity to reach out to new constituencies, to find new friends and create new alliances.
By Eric Altman, OCCORD Executive Director
2008 was an exciting period of growth for Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD). We reached several important milestones in our comprehensive campaign for responsible development in Anaheim’s upscale Platinum Triangle district and launched our new Immigrant and Workplace Rights program with a nonpartisan voter registration and mobilization campaign for the November 2008 elections.
Rally in the Rain
With almost a decade of local victories and policy innovations under our belt, the Partnership’s broad network boasts a lot of lessons that should inform federal policy. A New Urban Agenda for America, the Partnership’s newest publication, outlines these lessons, pointing the way for our new administration to take on the challenging task of rebuilding America’s middle class.
Ready for Change?
As we stumble into this new era, it is clear to our movement - broadly defined - that we have been playing defense for far too long. Over the years, many of our partners have achieved incredible victories for working families at the local and regional level, while our national partners monitored the attacks in Washington and calculated the toll on our country on a grand scale. Now, facing an administration open to ideas and innovation, we have a unique opportunity to carry our local victories and innovation to the federal level.
One Hill CBA Campaign
The One Hill CBA Coalition has moved into the first stages of CBA implementation mode.
By Mark Spadafore, SANE Executive Director & Jean Kessner, SANE Board Member
Letter to the Editor sent to Syracuse Newspapers on Friday