The Inland Region is a large, heterogeneous region, with community-specific issues and solutions.
The Inland Region is the third largest region of California, after Los Angeles County and the Bay Area, despite often not receiving the same amount of attention as its two larger counterparts. Discussions among philanthropy often describe it as an area too big, overwhelming, and difficult to make a dent in - a common misconception for rural areas. But the region is in fact criss-crossed by interconnected challenges, familial and community ties, and movements. Organizers feel strongly that the movement landscape is emerging, and they show up as consistent, reliable, thoughtful partners ready to continue doing the work with even more support and coordination.
The Inland Region has a long history of domination by large corporate interests who have promised big and delivered little - all the while relying upon the highly-undervalued labor of Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, and indigenous groups, as well as depleting the environment. While global billion-dollar logistics companies have sold a narrative of increased jobs and opportunities in exchange for tax breaks, the promises for a boom of jobs for the region rarely add up. Challenging this has been worker-led efforts, including a new movement in coordinated local union organizing.