Liberty Hill Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Fund for Economic Equity and Dignity (FEED) grants.This year, the fund, which in 2015 provided $55,000 to support five organizations for wage theft campaigns, is investing $151,250 in 11 organizations throughout California for ongoing worker protection campaigns and implementation activities for recently-won legislation. The organizations receiving Fund for Economic Equity and Dignity (FEED) 2016 Grants are:
Bay Area Black Worker Center (a project of Movement Strategy Center) – $15,000. To ensure implementation of the Alameda County Re-Entry Hiring Program which it won through coalition work and a new collaborative on Oakland Minimum Wage Enforcement
Chinese Progressive Association - $15,000. To support CPA's next phase of strategic organizing; minimum wage enforcement work in San Francisco and Oakland, and CPA's political education and development
CLEAN Carwash Campaign (a project of Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates of Southern California) - $15,000. To support its CLEAN Carwash Campaign's engagement in strong implementation of local wage theft ordinances in the City and County of Los Angeles.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles - $10,000. To improve the lives of immigrant families through the renewal of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the fight for fair wages, access to healthcare, defense of DACA/DAPA, and civic engagement.
Filipino Migrant Center - $10,000. To support efforts among immigrants and youth in the South Bay around immigration reform and rights for domestic workers, and to implement new minimum wage and wage theft ordinances.
Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates of Southern California (aka Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance [KIWA]) - $20,000. To enforce new wage theft policies and fight gentrification and displacement among economically underserved low-wage Koreatown residents and low-wage workers in Koreatown.
Los Angeles Black Worker Center (a project of Community Partners) - $10,000. To focus on public works and on policies and practices that impact quality workforce development in the African American community.
Mujeres Unidas y Activas – $6,250. To build leadership and organizing skills of Latina domestic workers and ensure that the right to overtime is a permanent protection for California’s care workforce
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center - $15,000. To support its core work with low-wage workers and immigrant residents in the city of Pomona and eastern Los Angeles County and expand access to high road employers for Pomona day laborers.
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (a project of ROC New York) - $20,000. A project of ROC of New York, to launch workplace justice campaigns against low-road employers engaged in discrimination, exploitation, and abuse in the L.A. restaurant industry.
Centro Laboral de Graton - $15,000. To support efforts to ensure workers receive compensation for stolen wages and to raise awareness of unlicensed farm-labor contractors in the City of Graton, CA in western Sonoma County.
The Fund for Economic Equity and Dignity (FEED) is a joint effort initiated by Liberty Hill Foundation, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Rosenberg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. The goal of FEED is to build the power of low-wage workers in California by raising $1 million from unions, foundations, and individual donors to make multi-year investments in capacity building for worker-organizing groups throughout California; building a strong and long-term labor/community partnership; creating a replicable funding pool model for labor/ community partnerships; and supporting long-term systemic change initiatives, including implementation and enforcement.