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Last week, the City of Mountain View became the latest city in Silicon Valley to raise its minimum wage.
Mountain View will now join San Jose at $10.30/hour, indexed to the Consumer Price Index, and has set a goal to raise the wage to $15.00 by 2018. Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga championed the effort, saying “Why not try to give folks a bit more in order to live…I know this (raise) means another meal, a better meal, pair of shoes to go to school in…this matters.”
The Board of Directors of FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities recently announced that Felicia Griffin will be taking the helm as the organization’s new Executive Director. Felicia has been with FRESC for almost two years and most recently has been serving as Interim Executive Director. Felicia has led and served in the social justice movement for the last fifteen years in Colorado and in New Mexico.
- New Bridge Presents Challenges, Opportunities In Delray, WDET Detroit
- How to Meet the Needs of Soccer Stadium Neighbors? A Community Benefits Agreement, DC Fiscal Policy Institute Blog
- Long-rumored International Bridge finally appears to be gaining traction in Delray, Detroit Metro Times
- Politicians and Penguins craft deal for lower Hill development, New Pittsburgh Courier
The Detroit City Council recently convened a special hearing to deliberate a proposed land sale of 301 city-owned parcels to the State of Michigan for $1.4 million. The properties are within the footprint of the plaza for the planned New International Trade Crossing (NITC), the new bridge between Canada and the US. During the hearing, city council members and community advocates pressed for a community benefits agreement to be attached to the land sale. Gary Brown from the Emergency Manager’s office agreed to withdraw the agreement while negotiations for a CBA move forward.
The Coalition for a Lakeside CBA in Chicago has released a proposed CBA for the massive redevelopment of the former US Steel’s South Works on Chicago’s Lakefront. The project, Lakeside Development, covers almost 600 acres, is expected to provide over 139,000 jobs, and includes over 13,900 housing units and 17 million square feet of retail. It is the largest development in the region and the last undeveloped lakefront property in Chicago.
A diverse community coalition in Delray Beach, Florida signed an historic Community Benefits Agreement with Equity Enterprises USA. The agreement applies to a $35 million project that includes retail, office, and residential space. Previous investment in Delray Beach has never reached the city’s historically African-American neighborhoods. This development reaches into those neighborhoods and defines a new vision of shared prosperity for local residents.
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...