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—with the fifth 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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In March 2022, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) introduced AB 2847, which would provide unemployment benefits to excluded immigrant workers in California.
CIPC, with our partners, urged the Governor to prioritize immigrants who were excluded from federal relief in the Golden State Stimulus
CIPC cosponsored SB 321 (Durazo) with the California Domestic Workers Coalition, California Employment Lawyers Association, and Equal Rights Advocates, to create the first ever guidelines for health and safety for..Read More
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.
CIPC co-led campaign with United Ways of CA and Children’s Defense Fund to remove exclusion of ITIN filers in the CalEITC
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
CIPC, with our partners, supported the passage of AB 5 (Gonzalez) and worked to educate immigrant workers about the bill.
CIPC, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and PolicyLink co-sponsored ACR 50 (Chiu), a resolution to promote equity in workforce development
CIPC and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area co-sponsored AB 2184 (Chiu), the Immigrant Business Inclusion Act, allowing for various forms of identification in..Read More
CIPC supported the passage of The Immigrant Worker Protection Act, AB 450 (Chiu), which requires employers to notify employees when ICE requests access to or review a worker’s immigration paperwork,..Read More
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
Alongside a group of immigrant rights allies, CIPC supported legislative advocacy to pass SB 1159 (Lara), requiring licensing boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs to accept an individual tax identification..Read More
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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