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Colorado Jobs With Justice

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Steering Committee

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
General population
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

The Steering Committee is where our coalition takes shape. Delegates from coalition members meet to strategize campaigns, share struggles, and plan direct action. As a member of the Steering Committee, your organization can submit a solidarity requests in support of an action, event, or campaign. The Steering Committee reviews and accepts solidarity requests, and then comes develops a plan to show up in support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, we experienced solid growth in our Steering Committee. We increased our Steering Committee membership, adding three new unions and two new community partners. Our Steering Committee executed successful solidarity requests by organizing over 30 volunteers to knock doors in favor of raising funds for K-12 education and raising the minimum wage, bringing public awareness to the issue of wage theft at the new VA Hospital in Aurora, and

In 2017, we hope to double our Steering Committee membership from 15 to 30 by recruiting 8 new unions, 4 new community partners, and 3 faith congregations. Our expanded Steering Committee will allow us to respond more effectively and with greater strength to solidarity requests.

Mobilization Committee

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
General population
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Members of our mobilization committee are our most committed fighters for worker power. They take a "Be There" pledge to show up in solidarity when called upon. The Mobilization Committee designs and carries out various actions that target corporate and political actors who attack our communities and unions. Members of the Mobilization Committee meet on a quarterly basis to provide feedback and advice for the coalition as a whole.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our Mobilization Committee remained integral to our ability to recruit and turnout volunteers in 2016. By year's end, we had roughly 1,000 people who had signed "Be There" pledges.

In 2017, our goal for the Mobilization Committee is to build deep relationships with "Be There" pledge signers and give our supporters more agency to make decisions and impact the direction of our organization. We will do this through quarterly meetings with our "Be There" base, conducting at least 20, one-to-one meetings, instituting a leadership development program, and developing at least 30 new leaders.

Popular Education

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
General population

Description

Colorado Jobs With Justice offers an array of popular education workshops and trainings for coalition members. We have a network of trained facilitators who conduct workshops/trainings like: Collective Bargaining 101, Labor Liberation, Assertive Grievance Practices, Direct Action Organizing, Right-to-Work Is Wrong, and Union Allyship. Members of Colorado JWJ receive discounted rates on our popular education programs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016 and 2017, our popular education program was a fantastic success. We revamped the curriculum of our popular "Labor Liberation" program and hosted a "Strategic Corporate Research" workshop. Over 70 people went through a Colorado Jobs With Justice training program in 2016.

2018 looks to be a breakout year for our popular education program. We have trained five new facilitators, hosted two trainings, and have three additional workshops already scheduled with projected attendances nearing 500 people. We have expanded our program curriculum to offer new trainings and workshops on the issues of greatest concern to our community.

Campaigns

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

In addition to supporting coalition members' campaigns, the Steering Committee and the Board of Directors develop campaigns for our entire coalition that fit within the JWJ core pillars, which are Workers' Rights, Anti-Gentrification, and Educational Equity. Current campaigns are focused on wage theft, educational equity, protecting immigrant workers, and affordable transit:

Workers' Rights

Wage Theft: We are working in a coalition of day laborer rights' non-profits, legal advocacy groups, DU students, and labor unions to tackle the issue of wage theft in the Denver metro-area. Our campaign against wage theft seeks not only to win back pay for workers who have had their wages stolen, but to address the structural reasons for the rise of wage theft. We seek to do this through policy change at the city and state level that will punish employers who steal wages, bring precarious workers at risk for wage theft into union apprenticeship programs which guarantee protected and higher wages along with other benefits, and to make the the avenues for back pay more efficient and accessible to workers.

Protecting Immigrant Labor: What will workers do when I.C.E shows up on the job? Immigrant workers need to feel secure and safe from harassment on the job, and we are working to ensure that workplaces across the state remain free from I.C.E and anti-immigrant sentiment. We are addressing this by pushing for sanctuary workplaces, sanctuary unions, and bringing immigrant workers into labor unions, providing union and community members with the tools necessary to combat I.C.E raids on their workplace.

Public Good

Working with teachers unions, parents and students, and education advocates, we are seeking to create a movement for community schools across Colorado. Community schools will alter the education landscape and place our public schools at the center of our communities by proving wrap around health services, acting as places of sanctuary, reducing the amount of standardized tests, and building curriculum around the needs and cultural background of the student population. Community schools are an alternative to the charter school and privatization movement in public education.

Anti-Gentrification
Affordable Transit: Rising rents, lack of high paying jobs, and costly and inaccessible public transit combine to strain working families, people with disabilities, and the elderly across the Denver-metro area. Our campaign for affordable transit seeks to ensure that public transit serves those who need it the most. We seek to implement reduced fairs across RTD services, income-based transit passes, expand the Access-a-Ride program for seniors, and expand the number of bus lines. People need affordable and accessible transit, and we are fighting for it!

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, Colorado Jobs With Justice won key campaign victories. We were part of the Colorado Families for a Fair Wage coalition that successfully increased the minimum wage in Colorado to $12/hr by 2020.

We also won our Fair Chance campaign, an effort to ban the box on Denver city and county hiring applications. Mayor Hancock signed an executive order banning city and county hiring applications from forcing a person to disclose if they had committed a felony. This allows individuals with a past criminal record to be able to explain in an interview the circumstances for their record and increases their chances of gaining employment (key to keeping folks from going back into the criminal justice system).

In 2018, we are looking to win key victories in our campaign areas. We hope to build a broad coalition to tackle the issue of wage theft, push the Department of Labor and Employment to meticulously track employers who commit wage theft, increase the number of wage theft claims filed by workers, and draft policy that would bar employers who commit wage theft from receiving government contracts.

In our campaign to protect immigrant labor, we hope to push five unions to proclaim themselves "sanctuary unions" and push for five businesses to proclaim themselves "sanctuary businesses." We also hope to put on two trainings for our coalition partners on how to protect immigrant rights in the workplace.

As part of our Reclaim Our Schools campaign, we hope to broaden the number of teacher unions and community organizations fighting for community schools to 15 total. We hope to develop 20 leaders and have 100 people sign the pledge to reclaim our schools and support community schools.

In our Affordable Transit campaign, we will push the RTD Board to increase the number of Access-a-Ride vouchers and increase the number of vouchers for low-income transit riders.

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