People Powered Solutions for Neighborhood Jobs & the Local Economy April 2012
In April 2012, PODER with our partners in Communities United for Health and Justice released our People Powered Solutions for Neighborhood Jobs & the Local Economy report. Based on in-depth, face-to-face conversations and planning sessions in Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese, and English with over 220 District 11 residents and stakeholders, our results provide honest and powerful narratives of individuals, families, and communities’ daily struggle to find work, raise families, and survive in District 11.
Four prominent themes emerged from the voices of youth, elders, women and men talking and planning together.
- the chronic abuse of workers’ rights and lack of workers rights education and advocacy;
- the lack of opportunities to build economic assets, including cooperatively owned assets;
- the need for culturally competent employment services and resources within the geographic boundaries of District 11;
- the need for public policy reforms to expand local job opportunities.
Everyday youth, adults, and elders in our communities have the skills and talents to build a strong, local economy; what they lack is the investment and resources to make their dreams happen. The recommendations in our People Powered Solutions point the ways to new models, economic alternatives, and long lasting changes.