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JAN 2022 NEWS: Empowering the next generation of organizers – SEJ apps now open!

January newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Apply to be a SEJ Intern!
  • Coalition Updates 
  • What We’re Reading
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Job Opportunities 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Students for Economic Justice

We are currently accepting applications for our 2022 Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) internship program. The SEJ internship is a full-time, paid, 6-week program that empowers the next generation of social justice leaders through leadership and professional development opportunities. This internship is open to current undergraduate students at a 2-year or 4-year institution. 

Please help share this opportunity with students in your network. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 25th, 2022.  

COALITION UPDATES

Invest in San Diego Families

CPI and our partners in the Invest in San Diego Families coalition have been working with Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer on examining and implementing alternatives to incarceration in San Diego County. Join us on February 2 at 6pm for a virtual forum to learn more

Community Schools

Check out our blog to learn more about San Diego Unified School District’s new Community Schools Coordinator and the progress we’ve made in implementing our Community Schools Coalition Resolution since the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board of Trustees adopted it in July 2020. 

WHAT WE'RE READING

A selection of articles that are informing our economic justice work and making us think. 

“The Restaurant Industry Has Always Treated Sick Workers With No Remorse Will anything change because of Omicron?” (Grub Street, Jan 2022) 

This article brings back bad  memories but is also a reminder of why our fight for stronger worker protections and safer working conditions is so important. The kitchen environment is toxic and our mental health is tested every night, but if you ask me or any chefs/cooks I’ve worked with if we regret joining the industry, the overwhelming majority will say, ‘No, we love what we do.’ When I became a part of a union is when I realized that speaking up wasn’t bad and having sick days is necessary.”
— 
Nathaniel Tate, Organizer 

“‘No worker wants $15 an hour’: As San Diego’s minimum wage hits milestone, some say it’s not enough” (San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec 2021) 

“We’ve seen time and time again that all the arguments and opposition to raising wages have been unfounded. The sky hasn’t fallen, just the opposite, workers are channeling their power, leaving low paying jobs, fighting for higher pay, better working conditions and union representation.” 
— Jessica Cordova, Communications Director 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

We are grateful to our community for continuing to show up and lead the fight for justice in the form of fair wages, safe working conditions, police accountability, tenant protections, and a more inclusive democracy. We invite you to reflect on 2021 with us and celebrate the progress we have made together.  

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Click to learn more:  

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Written by CPI San Diego