Creating a Better Future for Our Communities

Dear allies, 

As we transition to a new phase of this pandemic, safety is of the utmost importance. During these challenging times, we must stand together and fight for the future we deserve. This November, we will be electing leaders across the region and it is imperative that we elect leaders who will prioritize us and the needs of our communities. 

Through rallies, petitions, and online advocacy, we’re spearheading meaningful change at the grassroots level. Last week, we delivered over 1,800 signatures to demand the approval of an updated Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO). Boston’s City Council unanimously approved the initiative, and we celebrate this significant victory. 

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.

Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health
We are proud to announce CLU’s selection as a funded partner for the Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health. The grant will award $300,000 over three years to the Care That Works Pilot program. This initiative provides working-class families with affordable child care services, available during nonstandard hours when parents are most in need.

Child care remains an economic necessity for working families, especially as more sectors of the economy begin to reopen. This Pilot Program uses an online platform, Carina Care, to connect families with providers looking for high-quality child care in their area. The Collaboration will allow Care That Works to continue promoting equity and stability for children, families, and caregivers and their greater communities. 

Learn about The Collaboration at Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health.

Our Partners Are Hiring!

Microgrid Program Manager
GreenRoots, in partnership with Chinatown Power, seeks a full-time Microgrid Program Manager to plan and implement pilot community-led microgrid projects to increase energy efficiency, resilience, and equity in Chelsea and Boston Chinatown. View the full job description and apply today.

Boston must significantly reduce its carbon emissions by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change such as storms, flooding, and warming temperatures. Fewer than 3% of Boston buildings are currently responsible for over half of all citywide emissions. Updating the ordinance will redirect funds into investing in the community, creating reliable jobs and reducing impacts of climate change from the largest and dirtiest buildings in the city. Sign the petition today to call for this necessary community investment. 

Coalition Organizer
Mass Renews Alliance, in partnership with Better Future Project, seeks a full-time Coalition Organizer to support coalition members and organizations in addressing mass unemployment, racial justice, and climate change. View the full job description and apply today.

Capacity Building Director
The Chinese Progressive Association is seeking a full-time Capacity Building Director to assist in developing, identifying, and organizing training materials and working with the Executive Director and Organizers to strengthen processes and infrastructure for staff leadership development. View the full job description and apply today.

Office Manager and Events Coordinator
The Chinese Progressive Association is seeking an Office Manager to assist in daily office activities, including bookkeeping, database management, equipment and supplies inventory, overseeing IT systems and building maintenance, light correspondence, organization of mailings, and other organizational support. View the full job description and apply today.

BERDO 2.0 Petition Delivery
Last Monday, environmental justice advocates gathered at the Boston City Hall to deliver signed petitions calling for the passing and reinforcement of Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO). The bill, unanimously approved by the City Council and awaiting signature from Mayor Janey, will establish much-needed emissions caps on Boston’s buildings. 

Read more about the ordinance’s approval at The Boston Globe.

Save the Date: Virtual Legislative Call-In Party
Join Public Transit Public Good for a virtual legislative call-in party to demand that legislators fund a fair and equitable transit system for low-income riders.

Virtual Legislative Call-in Party
Thursday, October 7 | 6:00 p.m. 
Join the Call-in Party at

Save The Date: Rally and Hearing on the Uber Bill 
The Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights will host a rally ahead of a public hearing on HB1234, a bill that grants “gig economy” companies special exemptions from paying taxes and from following our state labor, insurance, consumer protection, and civil rights laws. Spread the word and join the rally to stand up for worker protections and oppose the Big Tech bill. RSVP for the rally at EventBrite.

Rally Against Uber & Big Tech Bill 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
MA State House Steps 
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

We Run the Vote Conference
On Saturday, September 25, grassroots organizations and partners participated in the 2021 We Run the Vote Conference hosted by grassroots leaders leading organizing school, the democracy hubs and civic engagement work focused on empowering low-income, communities of color across the Commonwealth. The conference was anchored by: New England United for Justice, MassVoter Table, MassVote and Right to the City Boston. Allies from the Greater Boston region from Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Quincy and beyond, gathered to hold a space centering shared learning around managing field teams, moving an effective field strategy, self care practices, and technical assistance and training. 

We’re proud of our partners at NEU4J and allies for leading this critical step to increase civic engagement during this historic moment in Boston. In order to enact change on key issues, voters must come out to the polls.

Building Jobs with Justice Hearing
On Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., along with Michele Walsh, SEIU 509; and Brian Doherty, Greater Boston Building Trades Council; our executive director, Lee Matsueda testified at the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in favor of Senator Marc Pacheco’s bill building justice with jobs. This bill will put thousands of people to work retrofitting one million homes over the next decade to make them safer, healthier and more efficient. Read more about the bill in Mass Renews’ legislative summary. 

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Thank you for reading and for taking action!

In Solidarity,

Community Labor United

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