Before the coronavirus pandemic began disproportionately affecting Black residents, and before the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis inspired a nation-wide wave of anti-racism protests, a group of Southern California community activists and labor organizers were already making plans to improve conditions for Black workers in the Inland Empire.
Since last year, the Inland Empire Black Worker Center Project Advisory Group has convened union organizers, community builders, educators and faith leaders around the idea of developing a central operation to address what they believe is a regional unemployment crisis within the Black community.
The group's "Aint No Sunshine: The State of Black Workers and Demand for a Brighter Future in the Inland Empire" report came out a day before Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday commemorating the emancipation of all enslaved Blacks in the United States.
The Center for Social Innovation assisted with the report by providing support with qualitative and quantitative research. This report further demonstrates for a boost in employment opportunities for Black workers in the IE and lays our nine steps to achieve this goal.