CJTC — The Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community University of California, Santa Cruz
CJTC — The Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community

Research and Community Projects

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Community-Based Regionalism

For the last several years, researchers from CJTC have been working with three neighborhood initiatives in the Bay Area. These initiatives, based in East San Jose, East Palo Alto, and West Oakland, are actively seeking to improve the quality of life in low-income areas through enhanced opportunities for employment, education, and housing.

In a project funded by the Hewlett Foundation, CJTC researchers have been working to see how the three initiatives could better link to regional economic opportunities and decision-making structures. As part of that, we have conducted studies of the place of these communities in the regional context and sought to work with neighborhood leadership on regional campaigns to realize local goals.

A summary document of our research, entitled "Community Building, Community Bridging: Linking Neighborhood Improvement Initiatives and the New Regionalism in the San Francisco Bay Area," discusses the three initiatives and draws general lessons for those interested in how communities and regions could better work together. To download a .PDF version click on: Community Building, Community Bridging.

As part of deepening the work with two of the Hewlett-sponsored initiatives, CJTC has been conducting a series of studies on new approaches to workforce development that take into account large immigrant labor forces.  As a building block in this process, the Community Development Institute, based in East Palo Alto, has done an innovative survey of workers and the employment experience in the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose; it can be downloaded by clicking on Mayfair Worker Survey

CJTC is has also completed a study of best practices in immigrant workforce development and organizing called Immigrant Workers Empowerment and Community Building: A Review of Issues and Strategies for Increasing Workforce and Economic Opportunity for Immigrant Workers by Chris Benner, Tony LoPresti, Martha Matsuoka, Manuel Pastor, and Rachel Rosner. This research report profiles eight organizations who have had success working with an immigrant worker population, generally in the context of broader efforts for community and policy change. The research describes the range of strategies necessary to address and meet the needs of immigrant workers and create viable employment opportunities.

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Publications

Immigrant Workers Empowerment and Community Building: A Review of Issues and Strategies for Increasing Workforce and Economic Opportunity for Immigrant Workers
Chris Benner, Tony LoPresti, Martha Matsuoka, Manuel Pastor, and Rachel Rosner
April 2005

Version in Spanish/En Español

Mayfair Improvement Initiative Worker Survey
By Empowerment Research (ER) a Program of Community Development Institute

This study was contracted by the CJTC to support the worker organizing and advocacy of the Mayfair Improvement Initiative of East San Jose. The report identifies the employment readiness needs and provides baseline data for future assessment of the impact of workforce development programs in the neighborhood. With community residents, ER successfully completed a door to door survey with 250 respondents. The resulting data suggest several phenomena that will be vital to workforce development programs.

Version in Spanish/En Español

Results, Resilience, and Renewal of The Mayfair Index of Progress
March 2005
Prepared by the Alliance for Regional Progress

Community Based Regionalism's: Community Building, Community Bridging
By Manuel Pastor Jr., Chris Benner, Rachel Rosner, Martha Matsuoka, and Julie Jacobs
2004

A summary document of our research, entitled "Community Building, Community Bridging: Linking Neighborhood Improvement Initiatives and the New Regionalism in the San Francisco Bay Area," discusses the three initiatives and draws general lessons for those interested in how communities and regions could better work together.

Baseline Census Data for East Palo Alto Workforce Development Planning

Baseline Census Data for Mayfair Workforce Development Planning

Baseline Census Data for West Oakland Workforce Development Planning

Looking For Regionalism In All The Wrong Places

An "Option for the Poor": A Research Audit for Community-Based Regionalism in California's Central Coast

 
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Powerpoint Presentations

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Allies