Economic Justice


All Californians should be able to meaningfully support themselves, their families, and achieve economic mobility on their own terms. Yet generations of divestment, exclusion, and exploitation based on race, class, gender, and immigration status have caused California—set to become the fourth largest economy in the world—to have some of the highest levels of wealth and income inequality in the nation. For several years, CIPC has worked with coalitions of advocates, organizations, worker centers, and community leaders to build worker power and advance policies to create a more equitable economy.

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What We Have Accomplished


AB 2847/Safety Net for All

AB 2847 (E. Garcia), which would have provided unemployment benefits to excluded immigrant workers in California, passed through the Legislature.


Immigrants in the Golden State Stimulus

CIPC, with our partners, ensured that immigrants who were excluded from federal relief were prioritized in the Golden State Stimulus.

Health and Safety for All Workers Act

CIPC cosponsored SB 321 (Durazo), the California Domestic Workers Coalition’s bill to create the first ever health and safety guidelines for domestic workers.

Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative

CIPC, PolicyLink, CROP, and the California Workforce Association co-sponsored AB 628 (Garcia) and secured $30 million in the state budget to improve and expand the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative.


Campaign to remove exclusion of ITIN filers from the CalEITC

CIPC co-led campaign with United Ways of CA and Children’s Defense Fund to remove exclusion of ITIN filers in the CalEITC

SEED Coalition

CIPC joined the SEED Coalition along with other community-based organizations to support allocating $10 million in the state budget to fund the Social Entrepreneurship for Economic Development (SEED) Initiative


AB 5

CIPC, with our partners, supported the passage of AB 5 (Gonzalez) and worked to educate immigrant workers about the bill.

ACR 50

CIPC, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and PolicyLink co-sponsored ACR 50 (Chiu), a resolution to promote equity in workforce development


Immigrant Business Inclusion Act

CIPC co-sponsored AB 2184 (Chiu) to allow for various forms of identification in lieu of a social security number for business licenses.


The Immigrant Worker Protection Act

CIPC supported the passage of AB 450 (Chiu), which requires employers to notify employees when ICE requests access to or review a worker’s immigration paperwork.


SB 1001

CIPC and MALDEF co-sponsored SB 1001 (Mitchell), which prohibits an employer from requiring additional or other documents that are already required under the I-9 process


SB 1159

CIPC supported legislative advocacy to pass SB 1159 (Lara), requiring licensing boards to accept an ITIN for professional license applications.


Employment Acceleration Act

AB 1236 (Fong) with MALDEF, ensures that city, county and state governments cannot force private business owners to use E-Verify.


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