Re-Imagining a Bay Area Workforce Grounded in Racial and Gender Equity
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.
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- 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