Prayers for Haiti and Afghanistan

Dear allies,

Our world is in need of healing. On August 14, Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, taking the lives of many and destroying more than 7,000 homes. On August 15, the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan – erupting the country in chaos.  We hope you will join us in sending our love, condolences, and support to those impacted by these recent events. We urge you to help Haiti and Afghan refugees by taking urgent action.

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.

Welcome, Bianca!
Please join us in giving a special welcome to our newest member, Bianca Ortiz-Wythe. Bianca joins Community Labor United as the Care That Works Organizer. Bianca grew up in a bilingual, multigenerational household in Dorchester, where she learned the importance of equity and the power that comes from community. She became politically engages at the age of thirteen and is currently a doctoral student in the Public Policy department at UMass Boston. We’re excited to have you with us!

ICYMI: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Visits Child Care Home Amidst Calls for a Just Recovery
This Tuesday, the Care That Works coalition was joined by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley at Maria Estevez’s Family Child Care in Roslindale, MA. This partnership is vital in uplifting the demand for a universal, equitable, and flexible child care system that benefits working families, low-income communities, and communities of color across the Commonwealth. Visit our website for opportunities to take action in this cause.

It’s time to build back better – with unions!
Homeownership, job security, livable wages — unions strive for these protections and the dignity and respect for all workers and their families. Watch the Greater Boston Labor Council’s latest video on how, in Greater Boston and beyond, unions provide a path to a better life. As we emerge from the pandemic, we must build back better with unions by creating opportunities for all. Learn more at about the Greater Boston Labor Council’s platform to amplify the needs of working families.

Op-ed: EJ communities need rep on new T board
In a recent op-ed, community organizations – GreenRoots and Chinese Progressive Association – joined voices with the public transit champion, Rep. Adrian Madaro, to call on Governor Baker to appoint one of EJ community groups’ nominees for the seat on the new MBTA board.

Their op-ed details the recommendation of two qualified candidates to the new MBTA Board – Khalida Smalls and Rafael Mares. Both of these candidates have served to improve the quality of life for working families and MBTA riders, and are proven leaders in our communities. 

Take two minutes to call to leave a message for Governor Baker, telling him to listen to EJ groups and the Public Transit Public Good Coalition and appoint Khalida Smalls or Rafael Mares to the MBTA Board. You can reach the Governor at (617) 725-4005 or (888) 870-7770.

ICYMI: Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights Call for Healey to Strike Driver Ballot Question
The Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights held a press conference on Wednesday, August 11 to showcase an opposition to the ballot measure that will allow tech giants to pay workers less than minimum wage, make no contribution to unemployment or social security, and remove app-based workers from legal protections against workplace injuries, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Read more about the press conference at WBUR.

ACLU Massachusetts: Tell Lawmakers to Support the Work and Family Mobility Act
Driving is essential for families to take care of themselves, but Massachusetts prevents thousands of people from acquiring driver’s licenses simply because of their immigration status. This is bad for those families, bad for road safety, and bad for our economy.

The Work and Family Mobility Act (H.3456/S.2289) would enable all state residents to apply for a standard driver’s license, regardless of immigration status, affording thousands of Massachusetts residents the ability to drive legally and making the roads safer for all of us.

Visit their website today to email your House Representative and Senator today.

Homes for All: Housing is a human right!
Communities of color and low-income people who were disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are at the greatest risk of being evicted, but our legislators still haven’t taken action to ensure an equitable housing recovery.

We are joining our partner organization, Homes for All Massachusetts, and urging Governor Baker, President Spilka, Speaker Mariano, and members of the Legislature to take action by passing the COVID-19 Housing Equity bill (H.1434/S.891). We ask that you help push this legislation forward by making a call or sending an email to your Rep and Senator and signing on to a letter of support (for organizations and officials).

Learn more at Homes for All Mass.

Thank you for reading and taking action.

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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