The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) advances economic, racial, and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, labor, and people of faith to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color.
EBASE imagines a vibrant East Bay where good jobs, healthy communities, and engaged residents are the norm. In this decade, EBASE will contribute to transforming the economy by winning campaigns that help to rebuild an inclusive middle class.
In our vision, barriers based on race and class will not exclude segments of society from shared prosperity. Today’s neighborhoods of color with the highest rates of poverty and unemployment will achieve real pathways into jobs that will sustain their families. Immigrants will enjoy basic human rights and not be subject to second class status and exploitation. Those who live in the East Bay can find a good job here, while those who work in the East Bay can afford to live here.
A just and sustainable economy is rooted in fairness and inclusion, dignity for all workers, healthy and safe communities, effective and representative government, and a strong, unified movement for social justice. Such an economy is based on a just system of taxation that ensures corporations pay their fair share and a just system of budgeting that provides critical community services and offers public workers middle class pay and benefits, and the right to collective bargaining.
Good jobs are accessible, pay a living wage with benefits, provide workers with a voice on the job, allow workers to advance up a career ladder, and protect against workplace and environmental hazards. Healthy communities thrive with good jobs. Families have access to safe and affordable housing, high quality schools and childcare, accessible transportation, nutritious food, quality healthcare, safe streets, and a clean and sustainable environment.
EBASE is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We were established in 1999, and are an affiliate of the national network, The Partnership for Working Families.