Monument Impact

Posted on December 6, 2018

Monument Impact intern, Joanna Torres, talking to high school students about solutions to the housing crisis and the importance of voting.

For many years, ZFF has supported Monument Impact’s work to ensure that day laborers have a safe, dignified, and fair process to negotiate work and wages. Providing essential services and information to immigrants living in the Monument Corridor neighborhood of Concord, the center consistently provides high-quality job matching services and skill-building workshops, as well as numerous opportunities for workers to participate in self-governance, leadership development, and civic engagement, all of which facilitate the integration of immigrants into the broader community.

Monument Impact’s community engagement model of training local residents in mobilization and organizing tactics was especially important during the midterm elections in November. Through their community engagement work, Monument Impact engaged naturalized immigrant families, adult children of immigrants, and low-income renters in the Monument Corridor, all of whom have historically low levels of political and civic participation. With Concord’s recent shift to elections for specific district seats, engaging these groups helped to raise salient community concerns to the attention of local candidates. Monument Impact helped to organize a candidates’ forum where low-income and immigrant residents were able to question the prospective council members on their stance on issues related to evictions and housing affordability. As a result, both candidates for District 3, where a significant portion of immigrants live, committed to support just-cause eviction and rent stabilization in Concord.

Led by community organizer Jennifer Morales, Monument Impact’s outreach team contacted and educated close to 2,000 individuals, increasing voter turnout. The team focused on first-time voters at local high-schools and colleges and canvassed immigrant-majority apartment complexes, local markets, and at community events in the Monument Corridor; an example of the role local organizations can have in educating, energizing, and engaging historically disenfranchised communities.