Good Things Happen When Labor and Community Join Hands Recently NCPC partnered with LEEP, a grassroots community/labor organization to bring labor forces and community residents together. We organized and held a community forum toeducate residents about challenges that affect them. Participants were informed and inspired by the offerings of the day which included a delicious buffet style hot breakfast and lunch in addition to speakers that engaged the mind & motivated the spirit. These speakers shared their knowledge, experience and wisdom: Eddie Ahn, Executive Director of Brightline Defense, a public policy and legal advocacy nonprofit on workforce and environmental issues. Tanya Wallace-Gobern, first Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center Project. Bill Fletcher, Jr.
author and syndicated columnist, who is also a senior scholar with the Institute for Public Policy Studies, an editorial board member of theBlackCommentator.com and the former president of TransAfrica Forum Gwen Motley,
CEO of BMC Construction, a multimillion dollar, Black Female owned construction company. There were local panelists to address local issues such as: Kimoko Harris - the Port Expansion, Sandra Smithers – Healthy Communities, Sam Guy – Economic InjusticeSenator Margaret Rose Henry, City Councilman Vash Turner, Jimmy Marvellas, Local AFL-CIO and John Blyden Local 55 were also participants and sponsors.
This forum had a full agenda and a full house. As a result, several new members joined both LEEP and NCPC. This was just the beginning as we move toward our ultimate goal of a community were residents are safe, healthy and earning a living wage.