Across the country, Partnership affiliates are developing new leaders in the fight for economic justice in our communities. We’ve provided outlets for youth and community members to learn about and engage in their city’s decision making process. We have built relationships with more than 500 elected or appointed local leaders who are aligned on our issues. Nearly 100 of these leaders are leading the change process on the local and national levels.
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Everywhere you look these days, community benefits is taking root. What started as a simple effort in a few communities to rethink how real estate development contributed to poverty and inequality has grown into a full-fledged movement that is reshaping how community leaders think about economic, environmental and racial justice.
It’s a testament to our network, where these innovations were first pioneered.
Income inequality in American cities is rising and economic hardship remains a prevalent concern, according to Partnership affiliates’ analysis of data from the results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released in September. The American Community Survey provides poverty, income, and earnings data from the previous year.
Social Security Works released 50 reports providing a wealth of information about why Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are critical to the financial security of seniors in your state.
The Partnership is excited to launch an exploratory initiative to ensure affordable housing in urban areas receiving public investment in transit-oriented development. We’ve seen in our affiliates’ cities that there are positive ways to influence transit-oriented development to create opportunity and prevent displacement of low income communities of color. This initiative, undertaken thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, brings together the Partnership’s ability to unite effective local campaigns and the expertise of established national housing policy organizations.
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.
(The following opinion piece written by Clare Crawford, executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune on July 25, 2012.)
Four times, the city of San Diego has pitted city workers against private companies in a competition for the continued responsibility to provide an essential city service. All four times, the city workers have proved that they – as U-T San Diego put it last week – “provide taxpayers with the best bang for their buck.”
In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.