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Unemployment benefits for undocumented and gig workers - When the COVID-19 pandemic began and millions lost their jobs, unemployment insurance benefits served as an essential lifeline for Californians, more so than other forms of relief. However, based on outdated and racist policies, undocumented immigrant workers, who comprise 1 in 16 workers in California, were entirely excluded from unemployment benefits, despite being some of the most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even short-term losses in jobs or income can severely affect families’ livelihoods: an estimated one third of undocumented residents are parents, and more than one-in-eight school-aged children in California have a parent who is undocumented. Without the support of essential safety net programs like unemployment insurance, many immigrant families were forced to exhaust their life savings, accumulate greater debt, and compromise their health to simply afford basic necessities like rent and food.

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When we are successful, our neighborhoods and City budgets will reflect the priorities of the most impacted by oppression in our community, and will be shaped by those that for far too long have experienced intentional disenfranchisement at the hands of racist and oppressive systems of power. When we win, it'll mean that our community wins, and those who have lived at the margins of oppression are driving the change and justice that they so deserve. Ultimately, it’ll also mean that our communities know how to drive City budget change and transform the conditions that will lend itself to transformative justice in all facets of our communities.

Further, through our community power and care hub, we will: deepen our strategy, build rigor, strengthen the leadership skills of undocumented and immigrant communities and directly impacted BIPOC individuals; strengthen the leadership of community to shift local budgetary and City policies to divest from systems of punishment and criminalization to budgets that reflect communities’ priorities of safety and just systems of care and ensure that heath equity needs are met through food distribution and health information resource mobilization. What we will bear witness to is a cultural and political transposition, one where immigrants are front and center leading powerful decision making in the budget process in Long Beach, and one where they lead and imagine what health justice means to them in their communities. In order to close the racial wealth gap, LBIRC staunchly works to build up the innate leadership of BIPOC residents so that residents have the ground from which to rise from and a foundation to lead from.

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