LAANE A New Economy for All Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:13:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tell City Councilmember Tom LaBonge to Lift Hotel Workers Out of Poverty! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:55:58 +0000 The City of L.A. has announced a plan to raise the minimum wage for workers across the city. Next week, we have an opportunity to take the first step by improving the lives of workers in one of our largest and lowest-paying industries: the hotel sector.

More than half of all hotel workers earn so little that they are eligible for government assistance, while the City invests hundreds of millions of dollars in the industry and hotel revenues soar to record levels.

Higher wages will not only help hotel workers, they will provide a major boost to our economy. That’s why hundreds of small business owners, neighborhood councils, Mayor Eric Garcetti and hotel companies like AEG and Westfield support Raise LA.

Call Councilmember LaBonge today at (213) 485-3337. Urge him to vote in favor of raising the minimum wage for hotel workers.

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SOLITUDE TO SOLIDARITY Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:20:13 +0000 A Journey of Our Collective Consciousness
Sunday, September 14, 2014

@Angels Gate Cultural Center

A Journey of Our Collective Consciousness
Sunday, September 14, 2014


2-3pm: VIP Reception. Enjoy complimentary mimosas, beer, wine, appetizers, and music as you mingle with local leaders, artists, and workers at the summit of Angels Gate Park.
3-5pm: Gallery walk and lecture.

Join Angels Gate Cultural Center and LAANE in a community art project that explores the stories, dreams, and aspirations of port truck drivers who work at and live in the communities surrounding the twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Beatriz Rios-Nava, 57, has been driving trucks for 10 years. Since starting with a trucking company that operates  at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, she has spent long hours waiting in shipping yard queues by taking phone-camera snapshots of her environment: her morning coffee and bread nestled on the dashboard of her truck, and her co-workers picketing for unionization outside of their company.

Come hear her story, along with the stories of artists and residents from the South Bay/Los Angeles Harbor region. Meet workers, artists, community members and local leaders, and add your own story to the journey.


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CBS2: Gov. Brown Signs CA Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Into Law! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:49:23 +0000 Gov. Brown Signs Bill Requiring Paid Sick Leave For Millions Of Workers
September 10, 2014 10:05 AM

LOS ANGELES ( — Southland lawmakers and local workers Wednesday join Governor Jerry Brown for the signing of legislation that provides sick days to millions of Californians who do not currently earn the benefit.

Assembly Bill 1522, known as The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment starting on or after July 1, 2015.

Read more here.

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VOTE for LAANE @ LA2050 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:00:32 +0000 Bring composting to L.A., vote for LAANE @ LA2050!

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Sign Our Petition for Paid Sick Days in LA! Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:49:51 +0000 Watch Shop Well LA‘s new 1 min. comic book inspired video on paid sick days for grocery workers and sign and share our petition we launched this week here:


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Check out Heal Our City Health Fair Pictures! Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:54:11 +0000 In case you missed our fabulous event, check out the pictures on the Facebook album here!


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LAANE Hiring Campaign Communications Specialist Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:19:26 +0000 Campaign Communications Specialist

LAANE is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy and the organizing of broad alliances, LAANE promotes a new economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment. For more information about LAANE, see

Position Description:

  • Develop and implement communications strategies for two campaigns
  • Develop effective frame and messaging for campaigns
  • Prepare and train spokespeople for media and campaign events
  • Develop compelling stories to be featured in public materials and media coverage
  • Plan and execute press conferences and other media events
  • Regularly place stories in mainstream, independent and ethnic media
  • Write press releases, pitch letters and other media-friendly materials
  • Manage social media for campaigns and organization
  • Participate in and manage branding for new campaigns
  • Develop content, edit and manage design for all campaign materials — talking points, fact sheets, reports, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, etc.


  • Undergraduate degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field and/or at least 3-5 years relevant experience; advanced training may substitute for some experience
  • Experience in communications and media work for political/advocacy campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic communications plans, craft messages and execute tactics
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of social and multimedia
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to anticipate needs and plan accordingly, coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the needs and concerns of working families.
  • Bilingual (written and conversational) in Spanish preferred
  • Knowledge/experience with any of these items is a plus: Web page design with HTML and/or Dreamweaver, website content management, Microsoft Publisher, graphic design with Adobe Creative Suite and/or Photoshop

Compensation and application process

Starting salary DOQ; full benefits. Resume and cover letter (emailed as one document) to No phone calls; only best-qualified applicants will receive response. People of color encouraged to apply.

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Heal Our City Health Fair Coming up 08/30! Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:53:32 +0000 CD1 Health Fair Flier

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CNN Money: Sick leave policies pick up steam Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:51:49 +0000 By Jennifer Liberto  @CNNMoney July 29, 2014: 6:07 PM ET

Biviana Lagunas must skip class or her part-time job when her 4-year-old germ-magnet brother Derik is running a fever, because their mother has no paid time off.

That could change, because the San Diego city council was one of two cities — the other being Eugene, Ore. — to pass new laws mandating paid sick leave on Monday.

Read the full article here.

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LAANE Hiring for Organizer on Long Beach Campaign Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:29:06 +0000 Long Beach Hospitality Campaign Organizer

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) has an Exciting Opportunity for a Community Organizer with a Commitment to Economic Justice

Campaign Description: LAANE is seeking a full-time, experienced organizer to help develop and implement community organizing strategies for an ambitious campaign to ensure a strong and vibrant Tourism industry. In the last five years the Long Beach tourism industry has been strengthened with the passing of several polices that have raised the minimum wage and strengthened access to good union jobs. Our work in Long Beach will continue to focus on raising the standards in an industry fraught with poor working conditions, implementing current policies, and civically engaging residents around worker issues. LAANE’s goal is to maintain and build on a strong coalition of community based organizations, college campuses, elected leaders, and individuals to advocate for policy changes and corporate responsibility to ensure high standards in the tourism industry.

Position Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Community Organizer is responsible for:

• Leading efforts for community outreach, recruitment, education and grassroots political action

• Developing leadership development plans for core leaders

• Coordinating activities with coalition partners and building coalition membership;

• Coordinating the content and logistics for public events & large-scale mobilizations; and

• Creatively connecting organizing work with research and public policy staff on the campaign

• Connecting community with tourism workers in Long Beach

Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to economic justice and the labor movement. Also

needed is a willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary and an ability to work independently.

• 2 to 3 years of experience as a community or labor organizer

• Excellent analytical skills, written, verbal, communications and computer skills

• Strong community outreach, organizing and engagement skills

• Willingness to work with various stakeholders

• Driving your own car required

Terms of employment: LAANE’s salary and benefit standards are very competitive. Full family health benefits; pension; generous time off; parking. Friendly, team-oriented working environment.

Application Process: This position is available immediately. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Jeannine Pearce at Include “Community Organizer, LB Hospitality” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.


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