Raising our voices to shape a better tomorrow

Dear allies,

We have been facing tough challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we are overcoming these challenges, working towards recovery and shaping the future of our communities. 

We urge you to raise your voice and join us in demanding that policymakers help Massachusetts communities realize their dream of a brighter future with the aid of funds from the American Rescue Plan Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). On June 5 at 1 p.m., our communities are coming together to shape the future we all deserve. Join us!

We are also calling for an affordable and sustainable public transportation system. The support for a reduced fare system to better serve low-income communities availing MBTA services is growing. We are joining the collective voices of our Public Transit Public Good coalition to ensure that our legislators take action to alleviate the struggles of our community members. Join us in calling for:

  1. One environmental justice rider seat and one worker seat on the new MBTA Board, chosen from nominations made by labor and community organizations.
  2. Reduced fare programs for low-income riders on all modes.
  3. New progressive revenue measures to ensure public transit is paid for by those who have plenty, not by those who are struggling to get by.

Click here to sign our petition. 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!

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.

Happening today: Diaper Drive to benefit Brookview House
Join us and the Greater Boston Labor Council for a diaper drive that will help support families who are struggling during an economic hardship. Drop off diapers & toiletries at the Boston Teachers Union parking lot anytime from 3:30-5 p.m. and stay to meet our honored guest, Mayor Kim Janey, at 4 p.m. Supplies needed include: diapers (sizes 3-6), body wash, lotion, tampons/pads, cologne samples, deodorant and sunscreen.

Wednesday, May 26 | 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Boston Teachers Union parking lot
Click here to register

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!

Decide the next mayor of Boston. Make your voice heard. 
Join us for a series of mayoral candidate forums to hear from the candidates about their vision for a healthier, more vibrant Boston as well as their plans to address the long-standing systemic inequities in our city. How will they alleviate the challenges facing those most directly impacted by inequities while lifting up all families? The forums are designed as a series of discussions on interconnected issues that affect all Boston residents.

Boston Mayoral Forums
May 6 – June 10, 2021
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Click here to register
You can join us for as many sessions as you like.

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 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.

ICYMI: Watch the highlights video from our International Workers’ Day action
On May 1, we rallied with our labor and community partners to build collective power for working families. Together, we demanded that state and federal legislators put their support behind policies that address systemic inequities and support the freedom to join together in unions. Click here to watch the highlights video from the rally.

Thank you for reading and taking action!

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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