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JAN 2023 NEWS: Fighting for a just and equitable world

January newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Message From Our Executive Director
  • 2022 Year in Review
  • SEJ 2023 Applications Are Open!
  • Invitation to see Clarissa’s Battle
  • Job Opportunities 

Message From Our Executive Director

Gun violence is workplace hazard. It doesn’t matter whether you are a teacher in Virginia like Abby Zwerner, checking people in at a dance studio in Alhambra like Brandon Tsay, or a farmworker in Half Moon Bay.

We send our condolences to the families, friends and communities of those who died and to everyone who was injured or traumatized in the shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay. We commit to solidarity with the activists, community organizers, and researchers who work each day to rid us of the death and pain of gun violence in the streets, in our homes, and in our workplaces.

One of the hardest things about fighting for a just and equitable world is finding ways to keep hoping and believing that change is possible in the face of tragedy and pain. When hope is hard to find, I remind myself that for 25 years, San Diegans, including members of labor unions and community groups, have been working with CPI to transform San Diego into a region that respects and protects all workers and working-class people.

Though there is still a lot to be done, we have accomplished things that were once only dreams. We are transforming large institutions like city and county governments and school districts so that they better listen to the voices of and follow the direction of working-class people. We are fighting for and winning policies that improve working conditions and ensure that there’s somewhere to go to learn about and protect our rights as workers—whether it’s an Office of Labor Standards or Black Worker Center. And, we are training and supporting leaders who inspire us.  

Together, we will fight for a better world until our work is done. 

Yours in solidarity, 
Kyra R. Greene, PhD 
Executive Director 

Here are ways to take action and support the survivors, families, and community members in Monterey Park/Alhambra and Half Moon Bay

Take a moment to reflect on 2022 with us and all that we were able to accomplish together.  

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Students for Economic Justice

We are currently accepting applications for our 2023 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 2-year or 4-year institutions. 

Please help share this opportunity with students in your network. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 5, 2022

EDUCATION EQUITY

CPI and our partners in the Community Schools coalition are co-presenting Clarissa’s Battle, the opening night film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on Thursday, February 2nd at 6pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts. We don’t want the cost of a ticket to be a barrier. Use code FRIEND23 for a free ticket. There will be more information about our current education campaigns in San Diego at the film reception.  

Clarissa’s Battle follows Clarissa Doutherd’s journey as a community leader, political candidate and single mother. Clarissa is building a coalition of parents fighting for childcare and early education funds desperately needed by low and middle-income parents and children across the United States. 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CPI relies on the generous support of our community to operate. If you would like to support our fight for economic and social justice, please consider becoming a monthly donor or making a one-time donation. Thank you so much!

Written by CPI San Diego