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Webinar on Good Jobs for All: Organizing for Access to Jobs (transcript)

Posted by: Gordon on 4/18/2015


In March the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced unemployment nationally was at 5.5 percent. They also announced -- but few news outlets reported -- that at the same time the unemployment rate for African Americans is 10.4 percent and for Latinos, 6.6 percent.

Creating jobs is essential to our economy, but what do we do to ensure that women and people of color are gaining access to jobs? This webinar provides an opportunity to discuss promising current organizing strategies that promote access to jobs from Buy American to Local Hire. 

On Friday, April 10 four panelists discussed the emerging new work of organizing for access to jobs. From the recent Chicago election to plans of United Congregations of Metro East to travel from East St. Louis to Washington, D.C. to advocate for good jobs, a range of topics were discussed. The panelists were: 

  • Brian Kettenring, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Prof. Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at University of Southern California
  • Pastor Norma Patterson, board member United Congregations of Metro-East
  • Cynthia Jarrold, Moderator

Watch and listen here.

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