City Workforce Diversity
Issue: Disparity in hiring practices of female/minority residents. According to the latest U.S. Census, Springfield has a population of 24.2% minority and 52.8% female. In 2014 Faith Coalition for the Common Good filed a FOIA request and discovered that the most recent city audit showed the city workforce was 8.6% minority and 20.3% female.
Response: At the urging of Faith Coaliton and other interested parties, in 2014 the city passed an ordinance requiring participation of minority owned business on every project which is let by the city. On-going discussions are taking place with our newly elected mayor and city council regarding increasing minority/female hiring.
City Residency Ordinance
Issue: More than 30 percent Springfield city workers do not have Springfield addresses, and some municipal employees commute as far as 80 miles to work in the city.
Response: Civic Engagement task force leaders engaged with the mayor and city council members, advocating for a city residency ordinance. Such an ordinance would require people who work for the city to live in the city, thereby diversifying the city's workforce and giving low income people of color a better opportunity at competing for and gaining city employment.
Integrated Voter Engagement and Voter Registration
Issue: Typical Get out the Vote campaigns are short-termed, focused on getting people to the polls during a specific election cycle.
Response: Faith Coalition for the Common Good is committed to voter registration, voter education and voter turnout at the polls. In the past Faith Coaliton leaders have been engaged in Get Out the Vote campaigns in local, state and national election cycles. In June 2016 the national Gamaliel advanced leadership training attended by Faith Coaliton leaders focused on the nonpartisan Integrated Voter Engagement process. Integrated voter engagement is a strategy that strives to engage communities to participate not only in the elections, but in organizing and advocacy work between elections as well. It emphasizes leadership development and increasingly includes the use of technology to reach and educate communities about issues that affect them and engage them in the solutions. At its core, integrated voter engagement is about educating communities and engaging individuals to participate regularly in the processes of democracy.