Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

Founded in 1996, SAJE aims to make Los Angeles a happier, more just place.  To do so, it focuses on changing public and corporate policies in ways that can provide concrete economic benefit to working-class people, increase the economic rights of the working class, and build leadership through a movement for economic justice.  Its achievements include the first-of-its-kind Community Benefits Agreement with Anschutz Entertainment Group (i.e., the owner of Staples Center and L.A. Live), which stipulated the hiring of neighborhood residents at a living wage, and the conviction of a record number of slumlords in partnership with the City Attorney.  SAJE also runs the Figueroa Corridor Community Jobs Program, which provides low-income community residents with training in the hospitality industry and building trades and helps ensure they can access better jobs with higher wages.  Since 2004, the program has assisted over 600 local residents.

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