Building a More Sustainable Future

Dear allies, 

With the recent passing of a $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill, we are hopeful that this country will make critical moves to build a sustainable future. These funds have so much potential to create good high road jobs and opportunities for workers across the U.S., as well as develop more affordable and reliable public transit, green affordable housing and schools, resilient water infrastructure and so much more. The funds from the Infrastructure Bill, combined with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, can provide much-needed support and resources to recover from the impacts of this pandemic. And, we must continue to adopt sources of progressive revenues that sustain the public good well beyond these next few years.

As we mark the end of yet another year, our fights continue. On November 30, we recognized Giving Tuesday – a day that presents an important opportunity for generosity and making an impact on the communities around us. Thank you to all who supported Community Labor United in our efforts to bring organizations together around a vision and plan of action for racial, gender, economic and environmental justice. Though Giving Tuesday has passed, there is still time to contribute to our work. To make a donation, please visit our website and take action.

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 to receive regular updates from CLU.

CLU and our Partners Are Hiring!

Director–NEW!, Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights

Care That Works Program Coordinator, Community Labor United

Communications Director, City Life / Vida Urbana

Director, Homes for All Mass

Microgrid Program Manager, GreenRoots

Coalition Organizer, Mass Renews Alliance

Capacity Building Director, Chinese Progressive Association

Office Manager and Events Coordinator, Chinese Progressive Association

ICYMI: Chelsea and Chinatown are building microgrids to solve big energy, climate challenges
“Who doesn’t want greater protection from power outages,” asked Lydia Lowe, executive director of Chinatown Community Land Trust. “Who doesn’t want the potential for energy savings?

Lowe wants to build one of Dayton’s microgrids in Chinatown. It too is an environmental justice community threatened by climate change. Much of the neighborhood, which sits close to Boston Harbor, is projected to flood as the waters rise. And air pollution from cars on nearby Interstate 93 and the Mass. Pike produce unhealthy, high levels of particulates.

The Land Trust and Chinese Progressive Association recently created a public benefit company called Chinatown Power to build a cloud microgrid linking two affordable housing apartment buildings. The two organizations, along with Chelsea’s GreenRoots, are part of a broader association of nonprofits called the Green Justice Coalition, which is interested in preserving affordable housing and developing energy resilience for low-income communities.

Read the full article at WBUR.

GBLC Awards Night 2021
Join us on December 7 to celebrate champions of the Labor Movement and all that we’ve achieved together during this unprecedented time. Awardees include: our Executive Director, Lee Matsueda; Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge; Roy Avellaneda, Chelsea City Councilor; Roxana Rivera, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU; and Mike Vartabedian, Machinists Union IAMAW District 15.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Omni Parker Hotel, Boston 
Tickets are $65 and sponsorship is available.

In Solidarity with Custodians and Security Officers at Harvard University
On November 30, custodians and security officers at Harvard University held a rally to demand a new contract. After not receiving a raise in 2021, these workers are seeking a new agreement that will provide stability through inflation and fair compensation for their essential work. We stand in solidarity with their fight for adequate and family-sustaining wages.

Read more at The Harvard Crimson.

Unmasking Fidelity 
On November 30, we partnered with The Action Center on Race & The Economy, Muslim Justice League, Asian American Resource Workshop, Political Research Associates, and Resource Generation for action at Fidelity Headquarters in Boston. We called on Fidelity to publicly acknowledge their financial contributions to discriminatory and prejudiced organizations through their Donor Advised funds (DAF) grants. Thank you to all who joined and called attention to Fidelity’s actions.

Learn more about the coalition at Unmasking Fidelity.

Eviction Resources
Recently, a state court ruling overturned Boston’s eviction moratorium. In the midst of a pandemic, access to housing is a matter of public health and safety. Understanding tenant rights, especially during these times of uncertainty, is of the utmost importance. For those in the Boston area who may be facing eviction City Life/Vida Urbana offers helpful resources and guidance.

To learn more about available resources and housing rights, visit City Life/Vida Urbana.

Thank you for reading and for taking action!

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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