Category: JOBS

Let’s Guarantee Every High School Student a Summer Job

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

August 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Photo credits to Flazingo Photos.  Originally posted on the Huffington Post.  In New York City, where the summer job program for high school students is run on a neighborhood lotto system under which kids vie for a limited number of slots, some kids will win, and some will lose. Maria Bonilla struck out four times […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

June 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Originally published on Equal Voice.  It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North […]

Sheryl Sandberg Thinks She Finally Gets Single Moms, But She Doesn’t Get Me

Stephanie Land

May 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Originally posted in SheKnows. I read Sheryl Sandberg’s recent Facebook post from the trenches of a horrible Mother’s Day weekend. The youngest had thrown up on Friday night, and we slept on the couch, sitting up and surrounded by towels, and didn’t move much the next day. Mother’s Day came, and I tried to put […]

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

Fred McKissack Jr.

April 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their […]

Jobs With Justice March: Recap

Fred McKissack Jr.

February 18, 2016 at 11:03 am

Of all the excellent moments at last weekend’s Jobs with Justice conference, the one the continues to stick out for me was when Melonie Griffiths yelled, “I am the movement!” the hundreds gathered at Saturday afternoon’s general session: “Race Matters: Building Our Movement to End Racial Injustice.” The JWJ Massachusetts’s organizing director said the movement–she […]

Worker Justice on Display in D.C. This Weekend

Fred McKissack Jr.

February 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

The state of worker justice will be on display this coming weekend in Washington, D.C. at the Jobs with Justice national conference. The two-day conference that begins Friday in the nation’s capital brings together 600 activists, organizers, worker-leaders, and students from around the country and the world. The conference’s three plenary sessions are centered on […]

There’s a Reason Black Youth Call Chicago ‘Chiraq’ and It’s Not Just Criminals Doing the Shooting

Fred McKissack Jr.

January 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Written by Center for Communtiy Change Writing Fellow Fred McKissack. There’s a reason why young black people call Chicago “Chiraq.” It’s like a war zone in some neighborhoods. And it’s not just gangsters doing the shooting. A series of high profile shootings of young unarmed black men show the deadly impact of aggressive, sometimes callous […]

Reinvesting In Poor Communities Must Be A Priority

Community Change

January 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Written by Anthony Newby, executive director for Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in Minneapolis and Dorian Warren, Center for Community Change board chairman. Originally posted on the Al Jazeera America. The text came late in the afternoon, like a flare to a group of weary organizers in Minneapolis who had spent the final months of 2015 […]

What do you do when you can’t afford childcare? You get creative.

Stephanie Land

January 6, 2016 at 10:30 am

Written by Center for Community Change Writing Fellow Stephanie Land. Originally posted on the Washington Post. At the start of my 10-minute break during a two-hour writing workshop, I looked down to check my phone. I had three missed calls and five texts messages, all from the friend who was supposed to be watching my […]

How New York’s “Fight for $15” Launched a Nationwide Movement

Fred McKissack Jr.

January 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Co-authored by Center for Community Change Writing Fellow Wendi C. Thomas. Originally published in the American Prospect. Brooklyn car-wash worker Angel Rebolledo and Bronx fast-food employee Flavia Cabral work in jobs and neighborhoods that are miles apart, but they have remarkably similar stories to tell. Rebolledo, a 55-year-old Mexican immigrant, was earning $600 a week […]

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