“This summer, when we faced a big legislative battle around whether California should set goals to cut oil use, the latest reports show that the oil industry was spending $30,000 a day lobbying against those provisions in California.” —Jason Barbose, Union of Concerned Scientists
California is the 8th largest economy in the world. It’s also home to a number of cities that consistently rank as having some of the dirtiest air in the nation. And it’s a state where economic insecurity and poverty coexist with unprecedented levels of wealth creation.
In Spotlight California’s final episode, Kiran discovers how some powerful companies protect their profits at the expense of the rest of us, even creating fake people-powered campaigns to get us to support them. Kiran may or may not use their tactics for her own purposes. (Okay, of course she does.)
Always in search of solutions, Kiran finds leaders working to decrease the inequality gap. If we don’t secure economic opportunity and education for everyone, our state’s future is in bad shape. That’s why a group of innovators have formed the Fair Shake Commission, to create a California that works for everyone.
PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell is one of the Fair Shake Commission members Kiran meets on her journey. “Looking at what you have and investing in what you have to get what you need. That’s equity,” says Blackwell. “California needs to roll up its sleeves again, invest in equity and make sure that the people who are going to be the future of California lead it into a bright and prosperous place.”
While it’s encouraging that there are already influential leaders giving a voice to the voiceless, it’s on all of us to be part of the solution. This is about our state, our communities and our collective health and prosperity.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for so let’s get this party (bus) started!