Long Beach People’s State of the City 2018

Mar. 8, 2018 / By and

Last week, hundreds gathered to raise awareness around the top issues affecting Long Beach at the seventh annual People’s State of the City, an event held this year at the First Congregational Church in Downtown.

In partnership with many local organizations, activists highlighted the need for hotel workers protections from overwhelming workloads and sexual assault and harassment, cleaner air quality, immigration policy and affordable housing, to mention a few.

As part of the event’s mission to education, organize and mobilize, facilitators urged attendees to vote for upcoming city council seats this April.

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