Bay Area Black Worker Center wrote -
Help us raise 20,000 in 5 days by donating today!
We know we are only as strong as our community and in order to continue our work for 2017 we need your support. We believe that jobs, justice, and dignity for Black workers means dignity and justice for all.
Who We Are
The Bay Area Black Worker Center (BABWC) is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Black community by organizing around issues affecting low-wage work, racial discrimination, and the Black community's access to quality jobs.
In 2013, the BABWC was started by a group of Black unionists who wanted to fight for the rights of Black workers here in the Bay Area as part of growing network of Black Worker Centers from around the country.
As a membership-based organization we continue to bring in new members and to develop new leaders among Black workers who are not only long-time Black unionists but who are also formerly incarcerated, young, and unemployed.
We have spoken to over 500 Black residents in the Bay Area about their challenges finding and keeping quality jobs through various outreach efforts and listening sessions.
A majority of the Black folks we spoke to said that racial discrimination and having a criminal record are their biggest barriers to finding and keeping a good job.
Therefore, in 2017 we continued to fight to ensure that the county implements the Alameda County Re-Entry Hiring Program we fought for and won in 2016 as part of the Justice Reinvestment Coalition. The Re-Entry Hiring Program will result in 1400+ quality jobs for Alameda County residents who have criminal records.
With our members and community behind us, were excited to begin our first cycle of the Northstar program that will began this summer! This program will create a pathway to quality jobs and support re-entry black workers with mentorship and court advocacy during their employment. In addition to the start of this amazing program, we added a couple of services that we fill will help to meet the basic needs of our folks in the Bay Area. Next Round Kids is a service that provides FREE children's and maternity clothing! Our Food Shelf (located inside the Next Round Kids room) is a go and in the incubator stages, we look forward to beginning this service this Fall 2018!
We will continue to reach out to Black Bay Area residents working in Oakland to learn more about their experiences with the recent increase in the Oakland minimum wage and the exploitation that Black workers especially those who are formerly incarcerated are facing in the workplace.