Celebrating Pride Month 🌈

Dear allies,

Happy Pride Month to our friends and allies of the LGBTQ+ community! We at CLU are proud to stand with our LGTBQ+ community in the fight for equal rights and calling for a more diverse leadership. We’re looking forward to the celebrations as we observe Pride Month.

We are also celebrating the advancement of the Fair Share Amendment bill – a constitutional amendment raising taxes on income over $1 million – which will now appear on the November 2022 ballot. Our partners, including Raise Up Massachusetts, have fought for this as a critical piece to support low-income communities, communities of color, and working families to build a stronger economy as we recover from the pandemic. It’s time for the top 1% to pay their fair share.

This week, the Public Transit Public Good coalition held a legislative briefing to discuss building a sustainable, equitable and accessible public transit system for all of Massachusetts. We must continue to show support for a reduced-fare program for low-income riders in order to adequately recover from this pandemic. Join us in demanding a public transit system that works for all.

We, along with our Care That Works coalition partners, are urging the legislature to continue lack of child care as a reason to avail unemployment benefits through September 2021. It is imperative for our communities to have the resources they need to support their families beyond this pandemic. That begins with being able to find and afford child care.

Below you will find opportunities to engage and continue the fight on many issues that affect our communities. 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.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic collapse, our partners stepped up to aid the communities we live in and provide the much-needed assistance at a time of crisis. This year, we recognize their hard work, honor their contributions and salute their grit to help our communities heal and keep them moving forward. Buy tickets now for our virtual 2021 Salt of the Earth Awards and fundraiser to celebrate their efforts.

Salt of the Earth Awards 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 6 p.m.
Get your ticket today!

Welcome, Malaysia Fuller-Staten!

Please join us in giving a special welcome to our newest member, Malaysia Fuller-Staten. Malaysia is a Boston-based community and political organizer who joins Community Labor United as the Program Coordinator for the Care That Works Pilot Program. Malaysia brings her deep commitment to promoting resource accessibility with her to CLU, and through her work she hopes to make childcare attainable for all families. We’re excited to have you with us!

Join our team!
Community Labor United is looking for an administrative coordinator to join our growing team. The position will work closely with our coalitions and campaigns to help ensure the smooth and consistent operation of our organization. View the full job description here. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Lindsay McCluskey at lindsay@massclu.org.

Action Alert: Flexible child care for MA residents NOW
The pandemic has exposed the inequalities in our state’s child care system. Low-income communities and communities of color have all disproportionately borne the brunt of the pandemic. With the American Rescue Plan funding, our leaders have a unique opportunity to match the federal Child Tax Credit and support our families and caregivers in need. Join the Care That Works coalition to demand that our MA legislators fund flexible child care and provide much-needed financial support to our families. Sign the petition today!

SIGN NOW: The Boston City Council and the Mayor must take bold action on clean and healthier buildings and jobs in the City of Boston. Join us in asking our elected officials to pass a reinforced and updated Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) ordinance that will invest in our community, create good jobs and lessen the impact of storms, flooding, and warming temperatures. Sign the petition today!

Tell Governor Charlie Baker, Lt Governor Polito, and Environmental Secretary Katie Theohorides to act on energy justice today! 
Massachusetts is facing an environmental justice crisis! State programs, like Mass Save, are designed to work with residents and businesses to improve their energy efficiency, ultimately cutting energy expenses and limiting carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. These programs however have failed to service many of the people most in need.

Sign the petition to urge Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, and Environmental Secretary Katie Theohorides to reject any plan that doesn’t center the needs of environmental justice and low-income communities, and increase access and remove barriers for the underserved and language isolated communities across the state. You can also join us on June 15 for the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council’s Public Comment Session to voice your support for energy justice and demand immediate action. Click here to register

Thank you for reading and taking action!

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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