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FEB 2022 NEWS: Our policy platform for the City of San Diego is out!

FEBRUARY newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Coalition Updates
  • SEJ Application Extended to Mar 7
  • What We’re Reading


Community Budget Alliance

Last November, CPI and our partners in the Community Budget Alliance  launched our FY2023 campaign with our budget demands for the City of San Diego. We’ve just released our policy platform that goes alongside our budget demands. Click the links below to learn more. 

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. On Feb 8, 2022, the County Administration Office presented their preliminary report to reduce jail populations. Their report included analysis and recommendations for changes to county practices and budget adjustments that support alternatives to incarceration. Click below to hear our testimonies and learn more.


Students for Economic Justice

The deadline to apply to SEJ has been EXTENDED to March 7th! 

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. 


A selection of articles that inform our economic justice work and make us think. 

New Directions in Racial and Economic Justice: How California’s Worker Centers Are Bringing Worker Power into Workforce Development (UCLA Labor Center, Feb 2022) 

“This is a great research brief from the UCLA Labor Center on the benefit of worker centers. I am thinking about the newly formed San Diego Black Worker Center work and how it will be game changing for San Diego workers!”
—  Keara O’Laughlin, Researcher and Policy Advocate 

Opinion: By refusing to change its city council districts, El Cajon is leaving immigrants behind (San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb 2022)

Reader’s Editorial: When City Council Draws the Lines, El Cajon Ignores Community Input and Refuses to Change District Boundaries  (East County Magazine, Feb 2022)

“Rami Ibrahim, who was part of our 2021 Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) cohort, wrote two op-eds about how redistricting in El Cajon is leaving immigrants behind. Congrats, Rami! We love seeing our SEJ alumni organize in the community.”
— Sarah Farouq, Organizer and SEJ Coordinator 

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Written by CPI San Diego

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