CLUE and HTA Recruit Black Workers for a Strong Job Sector

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UNITE HERE Local 11's Hospitality Training Academy is actively seeking African American participants who are seeking jobs in hotels, event centers, and airports. CLUE is activating our clergy networks to help. 

Union hospitality jobs are often well-compensated positions with opportunities for career advancement. But African American representation in hotels, event centers, and airports has steeply declined in the last twenty years. "I worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years, and I witnessed it personally," says recruiter Evangelist Denise Edwards. 

Recruiter Bob Farrell, also a member of the Black Community Clergy Labor Alliance, says, "It is one of the major economic units in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and for us not to be part of it is just a result of a range of historic and cultural factors beyond our individual control." Pastor Donald Wilson makes it clear that the purpose of the recruitment drive is "not to push the current workforce out, but that we be inclusive in this work again." 

The Training Academy covers a wide range of job skills and even preparation for the interviewing process. Almost 40 people recently graduated from the Academy's first class and are now preparing for job interviews, according to HTA Director of Operations Maggie Mireles.

CLUE organizer Guillermo Torres invites the community not only to tell African American job seekers about the HTA, but also to join in advocacy at the city level. He describes an opportunity to demand that hotel developers commit to diverse community hiring before they even obtain their building permits from the city. 

These interviews took place on April 4th, the day we remember the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. All participants voiced a strong connection to the history of Black worker justice. 

 

Watch the interviews:

Pastor Donald Wilson, Diversity Organizer for UNITE HERE

Evangelist Denise Edwards 

Bob Farrell of the BCCLA 

Maggie Mireles, HTA Director of Operations


Action Checklist - End of April

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 20th: CLUE's Black-Brown Clergy-Community Coalition meets at 1:30 PM - REQUEST INFO

 

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 21st: CLUE's Black-Jewish Justice Alliance meets at 10:30 AM - REQUEST INFO

 

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 25th: Orange County's Monthly CLUE Clergy-Community Gathering - RSVP ON FB

 

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 27th: CLUE Pasadena Committee Meets at 10 AM - REQUEST INFO

 

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 27th: CLUE Long Beach Committee Meets at 10am - REQUEST INFO

 

 

  • THURSDAY, MAY 25TH: Join CLUE's annual Giants of Justice: A Celebration of Sacred Resistance - RSVP TODAY

 

 

 

 

  • Speak out against a raw development deal for the Hollywood community -  SIGN THE PETITION

 

  • Share the CAIR Reporting Page with your Muslim/AMEMSA friends on Social Media - GO TO THE FORM

 

  • Empower our initiatives to organize alongside workers and the vulnerable - DONATE TODAY


CLUE Guide to the Safe Consumer Lending Act (AB 1109)

What is AB-1109?

AB 1109 would cap the annual percentage rate (APR) for all high-dollar consumer loans between $2,500 and $10,000 at 24 percent, plus origination fee (Kalra, 2017). There is currently no cap on either mid-dollar and high-dollar loans, meaning families are exploited by exponentially high rates. This type of exploitation can lead to “damaged credit, repossession of vehicles, closure of bank accounts, lawsuits, wage garnishment, and even bankruptcy” (Kalra, 2017). Latino and African American neighborhoods are targeted higher by this type of financial abuse, especially communities in which fall under low SES.  

Rev. David Farley explains why CLUE believes in AB-1109: “As people of faith from diverse traditions, we stand united against business practices and financial products that violate our shared values. The exploitative design of predatory lending is unacceptable to the just and peaceable society our traditions guide us to create.  All of our sacred scriptures speak out strongly against heaping excess debt upon the poor.  We believe it is immoral and contrary to the Divine call for love of neighbor, justice for the oppressed, and care of the most vulnerable.”

 

What will happen when it becomes law?

According to Kalra (2017), “by capping high-dollar loans between $2,500 and $10,000, California can take a necessary step of implementing sound financial protections for consumers who need a loan when faced with stressful financial circumstances.” It will ensure that lenders are providing safe and affordable loans.

Additionally, AB-1109 will counteract the current Federal legislative decisions to roll back current consumer protection regulations on loans which occur high interest.

 

What is the current standing of this act?

As of April 18th, AB-1109 remains in the Banking Committee of the CA Assembly after its scheduled vote on the 17th was postponed. The vote has been rescheduled for this coming Monday, April 24, 2017.

 

What can we do to support it?

  1. Call or email four key assemblymembers of the Banking Committee and ask them to vote “YES” on AB-1109. Explain the importance of this bill for your own community and how their constituents will directly benefit from this bill during your call/letter. Click here for contact information for the four assemblymembers, as well as a legislative calling script.

  2. Educate others on AB-1109 and encourage them to take action through calling their legislatures. Click here for a quick fact sheet on the bill. Click here for a guide on how to respond to predatory loans (this can be helpful for communities currently targeted by this).


CLUE Guide to the Healthy California Act (SB 562)

What is SB-562?

SB 562 is designed to address the current healthcare crisis in the U.S. to ensure that California residents will be provided with comprehensive health care and coverage for all their medical needs. It will ensure that all residents of the state have a right to health care. This bill will combat the rising healthcare costs to individuals, employers and taxpayers as well as the restricted access to coverage.

The Healthy California Act has 8 major proponents (Healthy California, 2017):

  1. Guarantee of healthcare to ALL California Residents.

  2. Beneficiaries can choose any provider with a proposed no out-of-pocket costs for covered services.

  3. Medicare Part B co-pays will be eliminated.

  4. Lower prescription drug costs.

  5. Advances from the Affordable Care Act will be improved upon.

  6. Less emphasis on “insurance company bureaucracy” which will decrease bill collectors and “company run-around.”

  7. Payroll and income premium will replace current insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles essentially eliminating large premium increases.

  8. A diverse group of advisors and designers will come together to create the program to ensure a holistic approach.

 

What will happen when it becomes law?

According to Healthy California (2017), “When enacted, the Healthy California Act will guarantee that every resident of California will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically—as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home health care, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy California Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all California residents in a manner that is financially sustainable.”  Click here to learn more.

SB-562 will essentially combat health care reforms taking place at the federal level in hopes that all Californians can continue to have health care and provide further coverage to those who do not currently have access to adequate healthcare.

 

What is the current standing of this act?

SB 562 is in the State Senate (current as of 4/18). It has been read twice and amended both times. It has been referred to the Committee on Health and is set for their input on April 26, 2017Join the coalition in the State Capital on 4/26 to help pass SB 562!

 

What can we do to support it?

  1. Write to, call or email your local Senator who represents your district and ask them to vote YES on SB-562. Explain the urgency of this bill for your own community and how their constituents will directly benefit from this bill during your call/letter. Click here to find your local legislative representative. It is vital that only Senators be called at this time, as they are the ones who are currently responsible for voting for this act. If the bill passes in the Senate on April 25, then Assembly Members should be called.

  2. Join in support through signing the pledge and stating to assist in the process of this act. Click here to join the official campaign.

  3. Share your health care story to help everyone see the need for a universal healthcare system which provides coverage for everyone. Click here to share your own story.


CLUE Guide to the CA Values Act (SB 54)

What is the California Values Act?

    SB-54 is a piece of legislation that will aid in CLUE’s Sacred Resistance and Sanctuary work. SB-54 will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians through prohibiting state and local resources from being used to fund mass deportations which lead to family separation and weakening California’s economy. It responds to the current federal public statements to increase deportation by making it a top priority. SB-54 is therefore seen as a necessary and urgent response to the current statements made at the federal level.  

    SB-54 will provide the necessary protections for individuals at risk for mass deportation through ensuring that local and state law enforcement not engage with or communicate directly with immigration enforcement (such as ICE). It will also ensure that California schools, health facilities, places of worship and courthouses will remain safe and accessible to all Californians regardless of current immigration status.

What will happen when it becomes law?

    All Californians will be able to feel safe and protected by their local and state law enforcement regardless of immigration status. Those who are undocumented, or are in close relation to those who are undocumented, can feel comfortable with seeking safety and assistance from local resources, especially their local police. The mass deportation rates are also expected to decrease, as there will be a lack of communication between local and state law enforcement data and ICE data. For example, individual who is arrested for a misdemeanor will not immediately be released to ICE to be deported but rather will be returned safely to their home or family.

What is the current standing of this act? 

This bill has passed through the appropriation committee in the Senate. It will be voted on by the full Senate on Monday, April 3, 2017.

What can we do to support it?

  1. Write to, call or email your local senator who represents your district and ask them to vote “yes” on SB-54. Explain the urgency of this bill for your own community and how their constituents will directly benefit from this bill during your call/letter. Click here to find your local legislative representative. If you are calling/writing/emailing before April 3, please be sure to contact your senator. If you are calling after April 3, please be sure to contact your assemblymember.

  2. Sign the CREDO  petition in support of SB-54. Click here to sign.  

  3. Participate in the 7 day statewide action plan to stand up for our immigrant communities. Please share widely: Click here for action guide


CLUE Seeks Santa Monica-Based Part-Time Faith-Rooted Community Organizer

Deadline: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Position: Part-time Santa Monica-based Faith-Rooted Community Organizer (Currently funded through December 2017)

 

Organizational Background

CLUE, a nonprofit economic justice advocacy organization, educates, organizes, and mobilizes clergy and other faith leaders to accompany the working poor of Los Angeles and Orange County in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice. Working closely with other advocacy groups, labor unions, religious denominations, and educators, CLUE plays a unique role in the fight for Economic Justice by bringing a creative spiritual voice and moral authority to economic justice campaigns. Within our collaborative efforts, we hearken back to ancient traditions and to the moral commitments of the faith community to shape conversation and strategy for critical local, state, and federal legislative efforts that seek to transform and improve the lives of working people. Our work includes advocacy surrounding workplace conditions, immigrant rights, restorative justice, affordable housing, racial justice, and any quality of life matters that undermine the economic outcomes of those in the margins.  For more information about the breadth of our work, please consult our website: www.cluejustice.org.

 

Current Position Description

CLUE seeks a part-time Faith-Rooted Organizer to join our team who will lead an existing committee of faith leaders in Santa Monica who are prepared to act on behalf of workers and their families. The Organizer, will also outreach to new faith leaders to maintain a strong, dynamic and diverse group. The Organizer will engage in regular strategy sessions with campaign partners and religious leaders to shape events, actions and meetings that will further the work of justice in the City. CLUE’s main office is near downtown Los Angeles; the Organizer will travel between Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

 

Position Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Organizer at first, the Organizer will:

  • Lead efforts for faith community outreach, recruitment and education;
  • Aggressively build committee membership and develop committee leadership on an ongoing basis;
  • Plan and lead monthly committee meetings;
  • Coordinate with coalition partners;
  • Coordinate the content and logistics for public events & large-scale mobilizations
  • Engage in policy work; and
  • Work cooperatively and creatively with other members of the CLUE team on various projects that may fall outside the organizer’s primary work.

 

Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to economic justice and the labor movement, and be willing to work non-traditional hours and weekends when necessary- even during religious holidays. They must be capable of establishing and maintaining deep and numerous relationships, and have a gift for strategic thinking and planning. They must be flexible and open-minded, a motivated self-starter, and able to work independently. The position also calls for excellent reporting skills, as well as strong analytical, written and verbal communications and computer skills. Applicant should have familiarity with various communities of faith, as well as documented experience and strong skills in community organizing, outreach, and engagement. They must have a proven track record of leading a team.

*Driving your own car required. Spanish fluency is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

 

Salary Dependent on Experience

 

Application Process

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted to interview.  E-mail cover letter, résumé, and references to Gabriella Rosco (grosco@cluejustice.org,) subject line: “Partl-time Organizer Applicant.”  No phone calls please.

CLUE is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. All people, regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, class, religious observance level, or other categories, are encouraged to apply.


Action Checklist, End of March 2017

Seven ways to participate in Sacred Resistance this week: 

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH: Second Training Opportunity in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience - MORE INFO

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH: Application deadline for the CLUE Summer Fellowship - Spread the word! - SHARE THIS POST

  • Speak out against a raw development deal for the Hollywood community -  SIGN THE PETITION

  • Share the CAIR Reporting Page with your Muslim/AMEMSA friends on Social Media - GO TO THE FORM

  • Demand Accountability from LA County Sheriffs after 4 Died In Custody  - SIGN THE PETITION

  • Empower our initiatives to organize alongside workers and the vulnerable - DONATE TODAY


CLUE Guide to the Due Process for All Act (SB 6)

What is the Due Process for All Act?

    SB-6 is a piece of legislation that will aid in CLUE’s Sacred Resistance and Sanctuary work. Existing law allows undocumented and unaccompanied minors access to legal and social services. SB-6 would require these services, specifically legal services, to be extended to all individuals who are in removal proceedings who do not fall under the qualifications for representation. Legal representation would also be extended to individuals who have past or current convictions for violent felonies.

    This act would also prioritize the provision of legal services to individuals who have been detained in removal proceedings. This bill would require contracting between social services and non-profit legal assistance organizations to ensure proper legal representation. A California Universal Representation Trust Fund with $12,000,000 allocated for legal services would be set up and utilized for the provision of these services.

    SB-6 will provide access to legal representation and the full due process for all individuals that live in California. This bill will provide protection from necessary detainment as well as sufficient and professional legal representation to all individuals who need it. As recent executive orders have caused mass deportations and raids, many individuals are being held in detainment facilities without access to full legal representation. This bill would require every individual is granted access to this, regardless of immigration status. This will hopefully decrease the number of individuals deported without a proper trial or who are held for excessive amounts of time without legal assistance.

What will happen when it becomes law?

    As stated by Hueso, the author of the bill, “This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect,” (SB-6, 2017). Hueso further explains that in order to fully provide Californians with their right to due process, the state must provide access to legal counsel for individuals before the federal government’s expected deportation plans take place. Due to the urgency of which the federal government has stated their deportation actions, this bill must also be put into place with urgency.

What is the current standing of this act? 

As of March 29, 2017, this bill has passed through the appropriation committee in the Senate. It will be voted on by the full Senate on Monday, April 3, 2017.

What can we do to support it?

  1. Write to, call or email your local senator who represents your district and ask them to vote “YES” on SB-6. Explain the urgency of this bill for your own community and how their constituents will directly benefit from this bill during your call/letter. Click here to find your local legislative representative. If you are calling/writing/emailing before April 3, please be sure to contact your senator. If you are calling after April 3, please be sure to contact you assemblymember.
  2. Sign the CLUE petition in support of SB-6. Click here to sign.  
  3. Participate in the 7 day statewide action plan t stand up for our immigrant communities. Please share widely: Click here for action guide

Action Checklist, Mid-March

10 Ways to Participate in #SacredResistance NOW

  • March 16th in LA: Speak out against Muslim Ban 2.0 with our Friends at Vigilant Love  - RSVP ON FB

  • March 17th in OC: Hear Chris Crass speak on Courage for Racial Reconciliation - RSVP ON FB

  • March 17th everywhere: Join CLUE P♀WER in supporting anti-human trafficking efforts - SIGN THE LETTER

  • March 18th in PASADENA: Attend a resistance training with the Community Job Center - MORE INFO

  • Spread the word about our Summer Organizing Fellowship - SHARE THIS POST

  • Speak out against a raw development deal for the Hollywood community -  SIGN THE PETITION

  • Support the CA Values Act to refuse California resources for federal deportation efforts - SIGN THE PETITION

  • Share the CAIR Reporting Page with your Muslim/AMEMSA friends on Social Media - GO TO THE FORM

  • Demand Accountability from LA County Sherriffs after 4 Died In Custody  - SIGN THE PETITION

  • Empower our initiatives to organize for the protection of our immigrant and AMEMSA neighbors - DONATE TODAY

And One More! #11:


URGENT: Rapid Response To Father's Detention

From our friends at NDLON:

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (A 095 776 645), a 48-year-old father of four USC children, has lived in the US for nearly 30 years. This morning, he was picked up by ICE just after he and his wife dropped their 13-year-old daughter off at school. Mr. Avelica-Gonzalez’s wife and 12-year-old daughter were in the car, had just left one of the school’s campuses (on Avenue 28) and were headed to the second to drop off their 12-year-old daughter when an unmarked vehicle stopped their car at Griffin Ave., only a block from where they had just dropped off their other daughter.

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Romulo's Children

Romulo likely had a prior deportation order resulting from what seemed to be an encounter with an unscrupulous lawyer who represented him a few years ago. Romulo has lived in the US since 1990 and is from Mexico. The father apparently has one prior DUI from nearly a decade ago and two driving infractions. 

It would be great if you could organize the faith community to raise a ruckus about this and help to stop the deportation. I think ICE will seek to act very quickly on this case:

I hope that you can help by contacting the LA Field Office at the numbers here and express clearly that they must not deport Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, A 095 776 645 as doing so would be devastating for LA-area students and their families.

David Marin, LA Field Office Director, 213 830 5931

Norma Bonales Garibay, LA Deputy Field Office Director, 213 830 7912

Jorge Field, Assistant Field Office Director, 213 830 7908 / 213 216 5629

Romulo’s niece, Diana, is one of MALDEF’s high school aged interns, and for this reason, the case was brought to MALDEF’s attention. MALDEF brought it to NDLON’s attention, and we both have engaged with the family and the school. The school, including its Executive Director, is committed to push back, and has mobilized the school community for an assembly at 3 pm today, and has already reached out to the offices of Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Supervisor Solis, and will be reaching out to ICE.



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