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In Oakland, EBASE, along with its local collaborative, Oakland Rising, and California Calls ran a 16-day non-partisan civic engagement program in October.
In San Jose, the Working Partnerships team joined California Calls’ non-partisan effort. For fifteen days, they phone-banked and walked door-to-door, talking to more than 6,000 low-propensity voters about the biggest expansion of the safety net in generations, the Affordable Care Act.
Canvassers from the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) took to Ventura County’s streets to encourage uninsured people to sign up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Last Tuesday night CASE was part of making history in the City of Phoenix as Latino voters once again made their voices heard in City Council elections.
Voters in the City of SeaTac, Washington appear to have approved an historic living wage ballot initiative that will lift wages to $15 an hour for 6,300 workers and inject an estimated $54 million into the local economy. Yes on Prop 1 currently leads by 53 votes with mail ballots continuing to come in. The vote culminates a nearly year-long campaign by a strong community-labor partnership.
At the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations’ (NACEDA) national convening in October, the Partnership joined a panel that explored how communities are implementing Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) to leverage local investment for community-based economic growth.
More than sixty municipal waste professionals, progressive funders, environmental justice advocates, and worker justice leaders joined the Partnership-hosted “Transforming Trash for Jobs, Climate and Community Health” webinar on October 17. The webinar offered key lessons for people who want to build environmental and economic resilience by transforming trash and building a recycling economy in their own cities, and shared case studies from around the country.
On October 23, EBASE and its allies in the Revive Oakland coalition won an important victory for good community jobs and transit equity when the Directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) voted unanimously to adopt a Construction Careers Policy and Project Labor Agreement for a $178 million Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Oakland and neighboring San Leandro.
In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.
Shar Habibi, Research and Policy Director of In the Public Interest (ITPI), The Partnership for Working Families’ resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, spoke on a July 27 panel at the Young Elected Officials Network National Convening. This gathering brought together several hundred young elected progressive leaders from around the country.