Pamela Lopez in photo shot outside
Local Issues

Creating income equity for communities of color: newly legal cannabis market can provide opportunities and jobs in California

Through her work with California NORML, Pamela Lopez is advocating on behalf of Assembly Bill 2188, a workers-rights bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against those who consume cannabis off the clock. As a newly legal market, Lopez notes that it’s possible to shape the paradigm and create a more inclusive industry. […]

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Making a Difference Together: How the California Workforce Association Built a Public-Private Coalition to Fight Homelessness and Unemployment

Complex problems require complex solutions. It’s tempting to think homelessness can be solved merely through more affordable housing. But that’s just a stopgap. The homeless need a living wage, jobs that use their skills, and resources like gas money and child care in order to continue working. These needs won’t be met by one agency alone. But when organizations like CWA unite with private partners, they can change the lives of people like Markitha Welcome and Malik Woods. […]