Want to Create Jobs In Your Community? ORGANIZE!Posted: January 6, 2015
An interesting report has just been issued by the Gamaliel organizing network, a coalition of faith-based community organizing groups throughout the country. Entitled “Jobs And More Jobs–The Economic Impact of Community Organizing” the report details the public and private sector jobs that were created through campaigns around issues such as food deserts, equal access to public transit transportation and better educational opportunities.
This report fills in some of the human details of the report that Gamaliel issued in 2012 that quantified the economic impact of their organizing: an estimated $17.2 Billion in GDP created in the past two years by the new workers.
The community organizing also showcases the use of community benefit agreements and the hiring of ex-offenders returning to our communities–models we hope to expand throughout our communities, state and country.