A Just Economy for All
Workers in Los Angeles lose $1.4 billion each year to wage theft. As a result of these injustices, low-income individuals and their families (predominantly of color) face food insecurity, experience health problems, and endure unfit housing conditions. To address this, KIWA integrates low-wage worker organizing and leadership development with policy change. In doing so we are building power in our communities to challenge these conditions and the policies that tolerate and perpetuate them.
Affordable Housing: There is a deep, unmet need for affordable housing in our neighborhood, as well as in other neighborhoods in cities around the country. In partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center, KIWA is developing affordable housing in Koreatown. Our most recent development, “Casa Yonde” is a 52-unit LEED Gold Project. With this, we seek to demonstrate that we can and must build housing that is affordable, beautiful, and environmentally sustainable.
ICE Out of LA: KIWA has played an active role in the ICE Out of LA Coalition, a group that grew out of the collective efforts of multiple organizations and partners while advocating for the passage of the TRUST Act. KIWA has organized its members for public demonstrations and direct actions, as well as on advocacy and education vis-à-vis decision-makers. As a result of the coalition’s efforts, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LAPD Chief of Police recently announced that they will no longer honor ICE holds.
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