Raising Our Voices For Those In Need

Dear allies, 

Happy Women’s History Month! We’re proud to work with women leaders in the movement, helping to fight for transit, child care, and racial, economic, and environmental justice. This month, and every month, we continue to honor the legacy of those who have come before us and those who continue to make strides in the women’s rights movement today.

Thank you for reading our updates and being a supporter. 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.

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United


Standing in Solidarity with the Ukrainian People 
In the midst of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted. With growing casualties and many other lives at risk, now is the time to act. By signing petitions, making donations, and calling for action from legislators, we can support the communities who are currently in jeopardy.

Learn more about ways to help and join us in standing with the Ukrainian people.


CLU and our Partners Are Hiring!

Assistant Director, Chinatown Community Land Trust

Transit Justice Organizer, GreenRoots

Communications Director, City Life / Vida Urbana

Director, Homes for All Mass

Capacity Building Director, Chinese Progressive Association
Office Manager and Events Coordinator, Chinese Progressive Association

Organizing Director
, Community Labor United 

Finance & Operations Coordinator
, PowerSwitch Action

Creative Lead
, PowerSwitch Action

Communications Manager,
PowerSwitch Action

Campaign Updates

Public Transit Public Good issues statement on Low-Income Fare bill
“Our coalition is grateful to see the Joint Transportation Committee has unanimously and favorably advanced the important transit affordability legislation, H.3526 An Act Relative to Low-Income Fares. This urgently-needed bill would help ensure equity and affordability at the MBTA. Today, low-income riders and riders of color pay a larger share of their income toward fares than wealthy residents, and must work long hours to afford to ride. The low-income fare system is a step in the right direction to eradicate this inequitable system. With this bill, Massachusetts legislators have an opportunity to make affordable transit a reality for all riders. We look forward to seeing the House Committee on Ways and Means’ continued leadership on moving this bill forward. “
Read the full statement at Public Transit Public Good.


Two-thirds of riders on Boston’s first fare-free bus have not saved money on transit
Though the fare-free program has not reduced costs significantly, a low-income transit system would address the financial burden on eligible riders.

“The idea of a low-income fare began for a simple reason: folks were struggling to pay the cost of riding,” said Collique Williams, an organizer with Public Transit Public Good Coalition, convened by Community Labor United, in his testimony to the board. “The fare had gone up in 2012, in 2014, in 2016 and in 2019. People needed some help to pay the fare and some assurance that the spiraling costs would not continue. Then, in 2020, the pandemic hit, bringing new economic hardships and health risks.”

Read the full article at GBH.


Christina Morris, Parent in the Care That Works Network Joins Presidential State of the Union
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley invited Christina Morris, a parent in the Care That Works network, to join her for the State of the Union address earlier this week. Christina, a carpenter with nonstandard hours, is a parent of four children and has struggled to find child care through traditional providers. 

In the midst of our country’s child care crisis, we need a universal system to help families in need. Thank you to Congresswoman Pressley for advocating for working families and calling to extend the child tax credit!

Read more at The Boston Globe.


Christina Morris and Lindsay McCluskey on the Care That Works Pilot and Massachusetts’ Child Care Crisis
Christina Morris and Care That Works Senior Strategist Lindsay McCluskey recently joined the Jim Braude Show to discuss the child care crisis and the Care That Works pilot program. With a lack of options and affordability for child care, many working families cannot access this essential service. 

To learn more about Christina’s story and the barriers that parents with nonstandard schedules face, watch the full segment from GBH.


SAVE THE DATE!
It’s time to celebrate! Save the date for CLU’s 16th annual celebration of the Salt of the Earth Awards, honoring the contributions of our partners that keep our communities thriving and moving forward toward a multiracial, equitable democracy for all.

Salt of the Earth Awards
Thursday, June 9, 2022
More details to follow


Labor Rally to Support Machinists Union Members’ Strike Against Cummins
On Monday, March 7,  join members of the Machinists Union, community advocates, and allies for a rally in support of Local 447 in their ongoing strike for a contract that values hard work and sacrifice. 

Labor Rally in Support of Machinists Strike 
Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m. 
Cummins Inc.
100 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026


The Fight Against Big Tech Exploitation Continues Under “Massachusetts Is Not For Sale”
The organization formerly known as The Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights is now operating under the name “Massachusetts Is Not For Sale.” Workers, consumers, taxpayers, and voters are all at risk, and the new name encompasses the collective, diverse group that stands to be impacted. With corporations contributing record-breaking amounts to the campaign, the new name also emphasizes concerns about Big Tech buying a law in our state.

Learn more about the coalition and join the fight at Massachusetts Is Not For Sale.


Neighbor To Neighbor Massachusetts Survey: Worcester’s Housing Crisis
Worcester, Massachusetts is currently in the midst of a housing crisis. Many residents are struggling with risk of displacement and access to quality housing. Our partners at Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts are conducting a confidential survey to hear from Worcester’s community and advocate for effective solutions.

Learn more and take part at Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts.

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