San Diego County poverty rates dropped in 2016, but inequity persists

In the City of San Diego, the poverty rate fell in 2016 to 13.1%, a drop of 2.5 percentage points from the previous year and the lowest rate since pre-recession 2007. The child poverty rate also fell from 19.7% in 2015 to 15.5%, roughly the same as the pre-recession rate. In San Diego County, across all cities and unincorporated areas, the poverty rate dropped more modestly from 13.8% to 12.3% in 2016. Almost 46,000 fewer individuals lived in poverty than during the previous year. Despite the overall improvement in poverty rates, stark inequities persist. Poverty increased among Black and Asian

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BCLI Information Session

The information session is an opportunity to learn more about the program’s goals, format, selection process, and important dates. You will also meet staff and BCLI alumni who will share their experiences and answer your questions to help decide if this is a program that is right for you.   

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Petition: Tell the Mayor (Raise-up San Diego)

Tell the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, to act now to ensure San Diego workers collect their hard-earned pay We the undersigned urge the mayor to protect San Diego workers and law-abiding employers by actively enforcing the earned sick days and minimum wage law. The City must: work with community partners to inform workers of their rights to file claims do the due diligence to protect workers who file complaints from retaliation by their employer instigate investigations in industries where wage theft is rampant Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage rob workers in California of an estimated

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SOJ Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Epps-Addison

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and Co-Executive Director of The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action Before joining CPD, Epps-Addison was the Chief Program Officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles, which funds grassroots community organizing campaigns for social justice. A native of Milwaukee, Epps-Addison helped coordinate the Fight for $15 campaign as Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now. She earned her BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies and her JD from the University of Wisconsin, and worked as a trial attorney in the State Public Defender’s Office. As Network President of The Center for Popular Democracy

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2017 Spotlight on Justice Honorees

BEACON OF PROGRESS AWARD: Awarded for shining a light that guides others to meaningful action to improve lives and build an equitable society Cesar Chavez Service Clubs Based on the values of the legendary Cesar Chavez, the Service Clubs offer innovative leadership development experiences for students at many elementary and high schools in the San Diego region. Through community service, leadership skills training, and civic participation, students build confidence and are inspired to believe in themselves and their ability to make a lasting difference. For those of us disappointed by so many of our “leaders,” young people are a source

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“All-in for CPI” poker tournament!

Join us for our 2nd annual “All-in for CPI” poker tournament! Step back in time into our backroom casino to play no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em for great prizes and a night full of fun. We reckon’ you’ll fancy the poker tournament, black jack, roulette and craps tables. Wrangle your friends and get your tickets fast, it’s sure to be a showdown!

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La Prensa–El Robo de Salario es Común, Raramente Denunciado

El temor a represalias ha orillado a miles de trabajadores en San Diego a no denunciar alguna irregularidad en el pago de su salario, reveló un estudio dado a conocer esta semana por el Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI). El reporte evidencia que apenas un pequeño porcentaje de trabajadores afectados han presentado una queja ante las oficinas de la Comisión Laboral de San Diego. Se estima que el año pasado, empleadores en los condados de San Diego e Imperial no cumplieron con pagar el salario mínimo en más de 40 mil ocasiones, pero solamente 82 afectados presentaron una queja formal,

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Hoy– Denuncian robo de salarios e incumplimiento de ley a un año de ordenanza

Un año después de que entrase en vigor el aumento del salario mínimo en San Diego (California), trabajadores y activistas se congregaron hoy frente a las oficinas del Comisionado Laboral local para denunciar el robo de salarios y que no se ha cumplido la ley en su totalidad. Durante el encuentro, los participantes revelaron los resultados de un informe dado a conocer hoy por el Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI) y la Universidad Estatal de San Diego (SDSU) que indica que el robo de sueldo es uno de los problemas más frecuentes para trabajadores en San Diego pero raramente es

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NBC7-New Report Shows Wage Theft Often Goes Unreported in San Diego

A new study suggests that wage theft often goes unreported in San Diego County. The survey of roughly 300 workers shows that a lack of information and fear of retaliation are among the top reasons why claims are rarely filed against an employer.< Most ‘wage theft’ claims deal with workers not getting paid the legal minimum wage or overtime. The study was carried out by the San Diego State Department of Sociology, the Center on Policy Initiatives and the Employee Rights Center of San Diego. It shows that over the last year, an estimated 40,000 local workers were not paid

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