Throughout the course of the last three years, Oakland members have been organizing and fighting for justice and equity for Black Workers. As our primary campaigns Local Hire and 1400 Jobs continue to flourish, we have seen significant growth and movement in membership. BABWC has also experienced wins in our campaigns and moved to change the narrative regarding formerly incarcerated workers and Black Workers as a whole.
Jobs for Freedom Initiative
The Jobs for Freedom Initiative (1400 Jobs Campain) provides needed solutions to the employment barriers formerly incarcerated residents face in our county. The goal of the initiative is to develop a pipeline for a minimum of 1,400 formerly incarcerated residents in Alameda County and provide an opportunity to obtain livable wage jobs. The initiative utilizes a best-practice model to provide leadership development, reduction of employment barriers and court advocacy for participants that have continued contact with the criminal justice system.
With Gentrification happening at an alarming rate throughout Oakland, Local Hire is a very important campaign that focuses on making sure that as new business developments go up, they don’t suck the resources out but local residence actually benefit from those developments by organizing to creating jobs and opportunities for people that historically come from and live in those communities.