Bringing back power to the people
As we’re all leading the change we wish to see in our communities, we also want to elect leaders who are going to stand with working people, strengthen our movement, and fight on the issues our communities care deeply about – economic, racial, gender, environmental, and child care justice. Election season is less than a month away! Primary elections take place on Tuesday, September 6. We encourage you to make a plan to vote early, by mail, or on election day. There are many statewide and local races of note, and we urge you to register to vote and read up on your local candidates.
Below you will find opportunities to engage and continue the fight on many issues that affect our communities and allies. Please spread the word by sharing our Facebook posts as well as following and retweeting us on Twitter. You can sign up here to receive regular updates from CLU.
Community Labor United
CLU and our partners are seeking experienced individuals to join our teams! If you know anyone who would be a good fit, please send them our way.
NEW! – Director of Development and Communications, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
Visit our website today to view all job opportunities: MassCLU.org/Careers.
Thank you, Andrea Nyamekye!
After more than five years as co-executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, Andrea Nyamekye is transitioning out of her role to continue on her path in graduate school. With Andrea, we’ve made huge strides in environmental justice working in partnership through the Green Justice Coalition (GJC)! Through GJC, we have pushed for more equitable solar and energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts, organized the annual #LetUsBreathe rally, and worked in unity to strengthen people-power here in Boston. We couldn’t be more grateful to have worked alongside Andrea to build stronger communities, and we wish her the best of luck as she completes graduate school!
Vote Yes on 1 on November 8 to enact the Fair Share Amendment
Massachusetts has an opportunity to fund public transit fairly and sustainably by voting Yes on Question 1 this November. It’s clear that the state needs ongoing, sustainable revenue to operate, maintain, and improve our public transit systems. The MBTA and the Commonwealth’s 15 Regional Transit Authorities face financial challenges that can be fixed by new, progressive sources of revenue. Here’s why Public Transit Public Good coalition supports Question 1:
Profitable corporations and wealthy individuals who benefit most should pay their fair share to operate, maintain, and improve our public transit systems. The Fair Share Amendment ensures multi-millionaires contribute adequately to our Commonwealth’s transportation and education needs. If approved, this Amendment would provide critical funds for the State to invest into much needed improvements for our public transportation system — benefitting not only the MBTA, but transit systems across Massachusetts.
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$750,000 in federal funding for RUN-GJC’s community microgrids
In keeping with the principle that energy is a public good and should remain in the hands of the public, the Green Justice Coalition (GJC), Clean Water Action, GreenRoots Inc., and the Chinese Progressive Association members have worked alongside Resilient Urban Neighborhoods (RUN) to bring microgrids to Chelsea and Boston’s Chinatown. The coalition is excited to announce that $750,000 of federal funding has been allocated to support this project and make this much-needed resource a reality.
RUN-GJC’s microgrids project will establish a public-sector entity to provide community-owned power and to ensure that decisions made on behalf of these communities remain stable, fiscally responsible and efficient, honest, fair, representative, and act according to a code of ethics. By establishing community-owned assets, democracy is brought back to those most impacted by the costs of privatized power sources, and everyone has the opportunity to benefit.
To learn more about RUN-GJC’s community microgrids project, visit the Green Justice Coalition.
Stand up for rent control: Join the Right to the City’s Boston People’s Assembly!
Join City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) at the upcoming Right to the City Boston People’s Assembly on Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Boston Teachers Union in Dorchester. Advocates, organizers, and community members will convene to discuss rent control and participate in activities to build community solutions that fight for development without displacement. Breakfast, child care, and interpretation will be provided. Please view the details below, and register today!
Right to the City’s Boston People’s Assembly: Discussion on rent control
Saturday, August 13 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester
Breakfast, child care, and interpretation provided!
Take action: Stand in solidarity with striking Boston Starbucks workers
Greater Boston Starbucks workers have been on strike for over three weeks – the longest in Starbucks history. Just three days after Starbucks workers voted to unionize, the company sent a proxy store manager, Tomi Chorlian, to intimidate employees through a series of retaliatory and discriminatory acts, including illegally threatening discipline or termination of workers’ employment, and making unilateral changes to the work environment without any notice.
This union-busting behavior must stop! Tell Starbucks to live up to their mission and values by firing Tomi Chorlian and requiring their incoming manager to meet with workers on a monthly basis before making unilateral changes to the labor hours and scheduling. Stand in solidarity with striking Boston Starbucks workers and sign their petition today!
Boston Union Trade Sisters’ 2nd Annual Barbecue
Save the date for the Boston Union Trade Sisters’ 2nd Annual Barbecue on Sunday, August 21 at Noon at Castle Island in South Boston! Friends and family are all welcome to join the fun-filled day with amazing food and the great company of the Boston Union Trade Sisters.
RSVP today by calling any of the individuals below, or sending an email at Bostonuniontradesisters@gmail.com.
Boston Union Trade Sisters’ 2nd Annual Barbecue
Sunday, August 21 | Noon
Castle Island, South Boston
In Case You Missed It
Historic investments for the economy, health care, and climate justice
This month, the U.S. Senate passed The Inflation Reduction Act, marking historic investments to fight inflation including a 15-percent corporate minimum tax, bolstering the renewable energy economy, and taking huge steps toward making health care more affordable for all. The House is expected to vote today.
The measure includes nearly $370 billion to help reduce U.S. carbon emissions by up to 40% by 2030, and contains tax incentives to encourage consumers to switch to electricity to power their homes and vehicles. As heat waves and floods shock communities across the globe, it is clear that we need this investment now, more than ever to help combat the climate crisis. We are excited about this monumental bill, yet we also recognize the need for more bold action to fully divest from the fossil fuel industry. Thank you to the fierce grassroots organizers and leaders who demanded solutions that answer to the people, and not big corporations.
Learn more at CNN.
Local groups give out A/Cs, develop training to keep people safe in ‘brutal’ heat
As heat waves continue to shock communities across the country, several Greater Boston organizations are stepping up to support residents throughout the extreme heat. In order to prevent injuries and deaths as we experience increased global warming, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health has recently developed new heat stress training for workers.
Additionally, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) is partnering with the Authentic Caribbean Foundation and the Barr Foundation to give out energy-efficient air conditioners at the East Side Plaza in Brockton. The organization has already distributed units this summer to low-income communities in Dorchester, the South End, and Mattapan.
Read more about heat safety initiatives at GBH.
Learn more about the issue at Communities Responding to Extreme Weather and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.