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A nationwide uprising demanding an end to police brutality and killing of Black people is soaring in America. At the same time, the rules and narratives of our economy have led women and Black and Brown people to disproportionately suffer the impacts of COVID-19. In the June jobs report, Black unemployment remains at a crushing 15 percent, while white unemployment has improved at a far faster rate than for Black and Latinx workers. It is time to unpack the cascading effects of anti-blackness in our systems, policies and practices, and make connections between workforce issues and other sectors like the criminal legal system.
On October 9, 2020, ReWork The Bay and the Insight Center hosted a dialogue to re-imagine a workforce system where women, people of color, immigrants and refugees have full access to the opportunities, rights, and protections needed to overcome economic fallout and systemic threats to health and safety. Drawing from the themes of our report on the Bay Area workforce’s racial and gender inequities, a panel of experts lifted up the experiences of people grappling with work, unemployment, and injustice during COVID-19. We explored how public officials, advocates, organizers, service providers, and a multitude of stakeholders within the workforce system at large can come together, offering recommendations for bold change to our local, regional, and statewide systems and the economy.
Learn more about this project here.
You can also explore Insight’s Family Needs Calculator, a realistic and comprehensive cost of living tool for California families.
- Ken Oliver, Director of Business Development, CROP Organization
- Kris Stadelman, Director, NOVA Workforce Development
- Clair Minson, Founder and Principal Consultant, Sandra Grace, LLC
- Moderator: Aisa Villarosa, Insight Center
Undocumented immigrants are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and are ineligible for most federal and state relief. In response, ReWork the Bay, in partnership with the San Francisco Foundation and the Grove Foundation, have mapped cash relief efforts across the nine-county Bay Area, as a first step toward strengthening the infrastructure needed to ensure undocumented residents can safely and efficiently access cash relief.
This webinar was presented on June 10, 2020, and shared key takeaways from the landscape scan and included a conversation with leaders in the field.
To learn more about:
- Individual funds, clarifying questions about the landscape scan or sample documents to be included in Part Two toolkit, you may contact Karina Moreno at email@example.com
- Bay Area funder coordination and/or get involved in longer term advocacy efforts, you can reach out to Tessa Callejo at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Statewide Immigrant Relief Fund, you may contact Kevin Douglas at email@example.com
- Karina Moreno, Consultant to ReWork the Bay
- Omar Carrera, CEO of Canal Alliance
- Kevin Douglas, Director of National Programs at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
- Tessa Rouverol Callejo, Senior Program Officer, San Francisco Foundation
App-based work is a visible, yet not transparent, sector of our economy. More and more Bay Area residents work as ride-hailing and delivery workers at companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart to make ends meet, but because these workers have historically been classified as independent contractors, little is known about their take home pay and working conditions.
On May 20, 2020, a team of researchers and advocates from UC Santa Cruz, Jobs with Justice San Francisco and the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission shared key insights from a large scale survey of these workers in San Francisco conducted before, and during, the COVID-19 crisis.
The research and advocacy team also connected this work to broader trends in the tech sector in an op-ed that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle last week: “Elon Musk Reflects Silicon Valley’s ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ Culture.”
For further information about this research, you may contact:
- Bryan Goebel is the executive officer of San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission and previously spent eight months as a full-time on-demand bicycle courier. He is a former award-winning journalist who most recently served as a transportation reporter for KQED Public Radio and the editor of Streetsblog San Francisco.
- Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Rooted in an urban political ecology approach, his research examines the relationships between technological change, urban and regional development, and structures of economic opportunity.
- Kung Feng is the Executive Director at Jobs with Justice San Francisco, a labor and community coalition that fights for working class power broadly through campaigns for workers’ rights, racial justice, public education and affordable housing. He co-founded Bay Resistance, a project that has mobilized thousands in resistance to attacks from Trump and the Right. He started as a rank-and-file union activist organizing workplaces from the bottom up and organized immigrant workers while at UNITE HERE, the union of hotel and restaurant workers. An activist with Asians4BlackLives, he’s always ready to take action for our communities.
This informational session held on April 22, 2020, provided funders a broad overview of the state’s emerging responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Guest Presenter :
Abby Snay is deputy secretary for Future of Work at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Snay was previously Chief Executive officer of Jewish Vocational Services since 1984, where she served in multiple positions from 1975 to 1984, including assistant director, supervisor and counselor. She is a member of the California Workforce Development Board, the California State Rehabilitation Council and a board member of the National Skills Coalition.