City Rising: The Informal Economy | KCET
City Rising: The Informal Economy
Season 2, Episode 1
From the beginning of our nation’s history our laws, institutions and social norms have contributed to the creation of a segmented or dual economy. Many people — including people of color, women and immigrants — were excluded from the benefits of society, forcing them to find alternative ways to make a living in a parallel economy. Women stayed home or found employment as domestic workers and cooks, immigrants created ethnic enclaves and opened small businesses to meet each other’s needs, African Americans moved north in search of opportunities, and Native People struggled to survive on reservations.
Today, this informal sector is expanding, becoming more prevalent and permeating every aspect of our economic life. As economists and politicians grapple to fully understand the nature, growth and prevalence of the informal and “gig economy,” pathways of economic entry to those who have been denied access becomes imperative to the health, growth and well-being of our communities.
"The Informal Economy" follows four California workers facing structural discrimination but fighting to change policy and improve upward mobility for their communities. We follow the lives of a street vendor in Boyle Heights, a truck driver in Long Beach, a farm-working family in Coachella and an organizer in Oakland fighting for jobs for formerly incarcerated people.
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City Rising shows how gentrification is deeply rooted in a history of discriminatory laws and practices in the United States.
California is the world's fifth largest economy — yet, hiding in plain sight are workers who labor off the books, unprotected and unregulated. Follow four California workers organizing to find pathways for legalization and protection.
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Venture to the Pacific Northwest to capture the stories of ongoing traditions and perseverance of its original inhabitants.KCET Original
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On this episode: stay at home order, Palmdale and sticky Thanksgiving conversations.KCET Original
To Matt's discomfort, Charlie's free-spirited father, Carlito, arrives with his girlfriend's teenage daughter, Ivy. Just before the grand opening of the Knight-Cartwright heart clinic, Hugh receives a mysterious letter from his ex-wife.KCET Original
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While Hugh has second thoughts about his agreement with Harriet, Penny rescues an injured wombat, but her new pet causes an uproar at the hospital. Charlie tries to reach out to Ivy, and Matt freaks out when Carlito flirts with Meryl.
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The candy recipes of Mary See started selling in a little shop and are now famous around the world.
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