College for All Coalition
The College for All Coalition is a multiracial, statewide, and community-led coalition in California that seeks to promote social justice in public higher education, including advocating for reinvestment in public higher education to promote increased access, affordability, diversity, and equity. Founded in 2015, the Coalition now includes over 60 diverse organizations representing community, education, student, parent, labor, faith, and civil rights groups.
IE RISE is led by a broad and diverse group of leaders in the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, united in the commitment to an inclusive, sustainable, and equitable future for the region. The leadership group draws heavily from the cross-regional and cross-sector collaboration of Census 2020 outreach, IE COVID Response, as well as other collective efforts in the region. Sky Allen serves as the coordinator for IE RISE, and can be contacted at [email protected]
Latino/Latina Round Table
The Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley works to improve quality of life and socio-economic justice for the Latinx community and those facing inequities through advancing education, leadership development, and civic participation.
Project Pericles encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include education for social responsibility and participatory citizenship as an essential part of their educational programs, in and out of the classroom. This learning experience is intended to provide students with a foundation for social and civic involvement and a conviction that democratic institutions and processes offer each person the best opportunity to improve the condition of society.
“Our Government does not copy our neighbors. But it is an example to them. It is true that we are called a democracy. For the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few. But while there exists equal justice to all and alike in their private disputes, the claim of excellence is also recognized. And when a citizen is in any way distinguished, he is preferred to the public service, not as a matter of privilege, but as the reward of merit. Neither is poverty an obstacle. But a man may benefit his country whatever the obscurity of his condition…”
Funeral Oration (per Thucydides)
|Education and Citizenship|
|The Legacy of Pericles Is Challenged|
The forces of social, economic, and technological change have been draining the vitality of Pericles’ legacy. It is well recognized that, during the latest decades, active personal engagement in social issues and civic concerns among Americans has declined. Concurrently, a growing cynicism questions the efficacy of our political institutions and the utility of their processes. These trends in popular attitude have weakened our social fabric. Their implications challenge our future as a democratic society.
|Higher Education and the Legacy of Pericles|
Historically, higher education in the United States has been closely connected to the legacy of Pericles. Its mission has embraced the preparation in an expanding pluralistic society in which citizenship, social responsibility, and community are inseparable.
|Pitzer College and Project Pericles|
The goals of Project Pericles are not instantiated in a single project or program here at Pitzer College, but rather dovetail with the core educational philosophies of the college as a whole. The primary vehicles for realizing the goals of social responsibility and civic engagement in local communities are the Community Engagement Center (CEC) and the Pitzer Program in Ontario, each of which oversees an array of programs and projects that promote the goals of Project Pericles on and off-campus. Through the support of Project Pericles, Pitzer College has extended its commitment to these goals through a number of interrelated initiatives.
|Social Responsibility Committee of the Pitzer Board of Trustees|
Social responsibility is one of the six educational objectives of Pitzer College. By undertaking social responsibility and by examining the ethical implications of knowledge, students learn to evaluate the effects of actions and social policies and to take responsibility for making the world we live in a better place. As a direct result of our membership in Project Pericles, the Pitzer Board of Trustees formed a social responsibility committee to oversee these critical learning goals for Pitzer’s students. As part of its charge, the trustee social responsibility oversees the efforts of the Community Engagement Center and the Program in Ontario in realizing these goals.
|Social Responsibility Assessment Project|
Through a generous grant from Project Pericles, Pitzer College undertook a comprehensive assessment of its implementation of the social responsibility objective as represented in both academic and non-curricular programs. The project has three components: (i) An inventory of all the courses and programs which seek to address the educational objective for social responsibility; a thorough review of the ways in which students are satisfying this requirement. (ii) An assessment of the effectiveness of collaborative efforts for our community partners; a determination of the extent to which our partnership has had a positive influence on their programs. (iii) The collection of information about faculty and students’ experiences with courses and community-based learning and service projects that meet the social responsibility educational objective in order to document opinions as well as to assess impacts on attitudes and behavior.
|Civic Engagement Courses|
Through its emphasis on socially responsible and community-based education, Pitzer College has retained its commitment to academic service learning and its strong roots in the ethos as well as the actions of our faculty and students. Through a challenge grant from Project Pericles, Pitzer College seeks to expand its offerings in Civic Engagement Courses While the initial courses were concentrated in the social sciences, Project Pericles support now allows us to develop new courses in the humanities and the natural sciences as well.
Poor People’s Campaign
In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign. Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.
Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.
NAACP Pomona Valley
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Pilgrim Place is a community of persons who have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others and continue to do so in retirement. Woven into daily activities and practices at Pilgrim Place are themes of service to each other, support of local and global peace, advocacy for social justice efforts and a passion for environmental stewardship. Intentional acts of service, friendship and activism are at the core of our ethos. Underpinning all of this is a commitment to racial, sexual and religious diversity.
The Civics Center is dedicated to building the foundations of youth civic engagement and voter participation in high schools through education, organizing, and advocacy. We support student-led, peer-to-peer voter registration and pre-registration efforts in high school communities.
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
The PEOC is a non-profit day labor organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for day laborers to find safe work at a fair wage, to obtain new trades and skills that improve their employability and quality of life, and to improve overall conditions for all immigrant workers. The PEOC is made up of day laborers, household workers, other low-wage, immigrant workers, community leaders, Pomona residents, students from Claremont Colleges, and supporters of worker and immigrants rights coalition leaders.
CLEAR, Compañeras, Lideres, Emprendedoras, Aliadas, y Revolucionarias
CLEAR, Compañeras, Lideres, Emprendedoras, Aliadas, y Revolucionarias, is a group of women workers who are partners, leaders, entrepreneurs, allies, and revolutionaries in their communities and skilled in various jobs. This collective grants women from the city of Pomona and the surrounding regions access to greater job options and economic self-reliance while also providing opportunities for their professional and leadership development. The program includes job development trainings, health and safety workshops, and a multitude of other resources meant to empower the women workers.
Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Warehouse Worker Resource Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization founded in 2011 dedicated to improving working conditions in the warehouse industry in Southern California. We focus on education, advocacy and action to change poor working conditions in the largest hub of warehousing in the country. We assist workers dealing with issues of health and safety, wage theft and workers’ compensation when injured. We also serve as a community center for workers, family members and supporters interested in knowing their rights, joining with other workers to share experiences and learn from each other, and building a movement for workers’ rights in the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California.
California Campus Compact
Since its founding in 1988, California Campus Compact has worked to build the collective commitment and capacity of colleges, universities and communities throughout California to advance civic and community engagement for a healthy, just and democratic society. Through innovative programs and initiatives, grant funding, training and technical assistance, professional development and powerful research studies and publications, California Campus Compact each year invests in and champions more than 500,000 students, faculty members, administrators and community members involved in diverse and ground-breaking activities that support and expand civic and community engagement throughout California.
A youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good-paying jobs in the process. They unite to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Their organizing strategy involves talking to and mobilizing local communities to fight for policy change.
National Lawyers Guild
Established in 1937, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests. This is achieved through the work of our members, and the Guild’s numerous organizational committees, caucuses and projects, reflecting a wide spectrum of intersectional issues. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels.