The ERC engages in continual community outreach to provide community-based organizations and their constituents with information about workers’ and immigrants’ rights that can help improve conditions in their communities.
Goals of ERC outreach to African immigrant organizations:
1) Contact organizations to develop our greater knowledge of what organizations exist in theSan Diegoarea to serve African immigrant workers.
2) Offer ERC education and advocacy services to those organizations contacted
3) Survey organizations’ needs for ERC’s area of education and services.
4) Seek community partners for ERC to serve African immigrant workers.
United Taxi Workers of San Diego
Since day one after the 2009 taxi strike United Taxi Workers of San Diego reached out to community organizations for allies. The ERC was able to offer taxi drivers legal and technical support, consulting and building of resource networks that has resulted in thousands of in-kind professional services for the UTWSD.
ERC staff have also contributed to dialog, fair treatment, policy analysis, and legal advocacy for UTWSD. Together with the UTWSD we have helped to ensure that driver’s have a strong voice in the San Diego political arena and that their legal rights are protected.
United Taxi Workers of San Diego Celebrate a Victory with ERC Interns Sarah Saez & Moni Kehinde
CPI and two dozen other local organizations joined forces early in 2012 to seek an understandable, open and fair budget for the City of San Diego. The Community Budget Alliance – including civic, environmental, faith and other community organizations – submitted a list of priorities and recommendations for the Mayor’s 2013 budget proposal.
The alliance is concerned that city resources be allotted equitably to neglected neighborhoods, and that city residents have early, meaningful opportunities to participate in designing the budget. The alliance outlined its priorities in a letter to the Mayor and City Council on Feb. 27, and proposed a set of values to guide budget decisions and a list of specificrecommendations.
The Mayor released the May Revision of the budget May 24. Among other things, there were increases to hours at libraries, police and fire academies, and money added to fund the Neil Good Day Center.
May 25 during the presentation of the May Revise before City Council, community members came forth to express their gratitude for the previous community meeting. Additionally, members of the Alliance reiterated unfunded community needs including: streetlights, investment in a youth development program and continued funding of the teen night program which serves to provide youth with crime-free alternatives.
- 1 in 10 Coalition
- Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
- Bayside Community Center
- Center on Policy Initiatives
- Coalition of Neighborhood Councils (CNC)
- Employee Rights Center (ERC)
- Empower San Diego
- Environmental Health Coalition (EHC)
- Equality Alliance of San Diego County
- Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County (ICWJ)
- Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB)
- League of Women Voters of San Diego (LWV)
- Little Saigon Foundation
- Maximizing Access to Advance our Communities (MAAC) Project
- Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (CAN)
- NAACP San Diego Branch
- Project New Village
- San Diego Coastkeeper
- San Diego LGBT Pride
- San Diego Organizing Project
- San Diego Unity League
- Unite HERE Local 30
- Walk San Diego
What is a better San Diego?
We are working to strengthen our local economy, put local people back to work, and provide every San Diegan with the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.
A Better San Diego hosts a Breakfast Forum on a variety of economic issues on the 3rd Friday of every month at 8:00 a.m. Visit abettersandiego.org to find out the topic and location of this month’s breakfast forum.
How You Can Help
Take the Made in San Diego Pledge
Every time you get a chance, pledge to:
- Buy products made in San Diego
- Hire people who live in San Diego
- Support San Diego neighborhood businesses
- Shop where San Diegans are treated right
Sign Up and Stay Informed
A Better San Diego encourages and offers opportunities for individuals to take action on important issues that affect our local economy, such as unemployment and job creation, workers’ rights, outsourcing, education, fighting corporate corruption, and retirement security.
TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD A BETTER SAN DIEGO!
A Better San Diego is a community affiliate program of
the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council