Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the Executive Director of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), an organization of religious leaders in Los Angeles county who support low-wage workers
in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Alexia studied sociology and religious studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz and earned an M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She and her daughter reside in Los Angeles.
CLUE-CA. Over the past 30 years, the incidence of working poverty and the income gap between the rich and poor in California has continued to grow at unprecedented rates. This has created an economic crisis that affects our communities on multiple levels, jeopardizing the basic social and economic infrastructure of entire neighborhoods. Education, public health, local business - all are directly affected by an impoverished work force.
The most effective force in reversing this trend in recent years has been an innovative coalition of creative community organizations, progressive labor unions and the faith community. The role of clergy and congregations in this coalition has been critical to many of its most notable successes. In San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area, strong interfaith organizations have arisen with the capacity to organize broad and diverse participation in a host of public policy and corporate campaigns for economic justice.