Reflecting on a momentous year for our campaigns
As 2022 comes to a close, we’re thinking about all our hard work and victories. Together, we saw significant investments through the American Rescue Plan Act funding toward our Pilot child care program to support working-class parents on career paths into the unionized construction industry, assisted in organizing a successful campaign to pass the Fair Share Amendment, fought and won a three-year energy efficiency plan established by the Department of Public Utilities, and more!
While we’ve achieved so much this year, our fight continues. This holiday season, we are using our time to recharge, celebrate, and get ready for another momentous year. We are excited about our upcoming work in 2023 and look forward to fighting alongside all of you.
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.
Community Labor United
Thank you Luisa for your contributions to CLU
Community Labor United is heavy-hearted to announce that our Campaign Researcher, Luisa de Paula Santos is transitioning out of her role from the organization. Luisa has brought years of experience in organizing and social research with community and labor organizations, and her commitment to building collective power has shown tremendously in her work with CLU. We’ve had a wonderful time working alongside Luisa, and we know that she will continue to make significant contributions to our movement in her next chapter as Lead Airports Researcher with SEIU 32BJ.
Luisa, thank you for all your hard work and dedication to uplifting CLU’s child care, environmental justice, and public good campaigns! If you would like to keep in contact with Luisa, please fill out this form.
CLU and our partners are seeking experienced individuals to join our teams! If you know anyone who would be a good fit, please send them our way.
NEW – DNI Stewardship Manager, Dudley Neighbors Incorporated and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Visit our website today to view all job opportunities: MassCLU.org/Careers.
Sign our petition urging Governor-Elect Healey to prioritize a low-income fare
Governor-Elect Maura Healey has already voiced her support for a low-income fare and a safer MBTA! Sign our petition urging her to ensure these priorities are reflected in her first budget as Governor.
To sign our petition, visit Public Transit Public Good.
You’re invited to Kwanzaa Night!
Join the Black Caucus, Black Lives Matter at School, Racial Justice Standing Committee, and the Boston Teachers Union to celebrate Kwanzaa on Monday, December 19! Bring a donation to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, learn about the history of Kwanzaa, and support Black-owned businesses at the celebration. You can join the fun and enjoy food, music, and a student performance by RSVPing today!
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Massachusetts has a FREE program to help qualifying residents make their homes more energy efficient. Saving energy can save the climate AND save money! Speak with an energy expert today to get your energy efficient questions answered, and schedule your no-cost Home Energy Assessment with a Mass Save Energy Specialist. To speak with an expert, call 1-866-527-SAVE.
Learn how you can save more now and in the future at Mass Save!
In Case You Missed It
Standing up for anti-displacement zones
On Tuesday, City Life/Vida Urbana took bold action at Boston City Hall to support anti-displacement zones, which are used as a tool to protect working-class people from displacement in areas that are especially sought after by investors because of development initiatives, public improvements, and amenities like new transit stops. These developments continue to place financial pressure on Greater Boston residents and communities of color, as rent and overall cost of living increase throughout these improvement areas. Our communities deserve public improvements without getting displaced!
As we face continued large-scale developments and planning initiatives such as the East Boston Master Plan, the Chelsea Creek Municipal Harbor Plan, or the Encore Casino in Everett, we must continue to raise our voices to ensure equitable, affordable, and inclusive development. City Life/Vida Urbana and activists alike are speaking out in support of anti-displacement zones to ensure working families can continue to live and thrive, as Chelsea, Everett, and other Greater Boston areas undertake rapid infrastructure plans. We stand with you!
Climate call to action for cleaner air!
This week, Cambridge Mothers Out Front held a climate call to action to demand cleaner air in our communities. As travel increases this time of year, East Boston families face higher exposure to pollution from vehicle and air traffic at Logan Airport. Idling at Logan generates 1 million pounds per month of air pollution, causing a higher risk of asthma, heart disease, and more. Activists have raised their voices in demanding that Massport enforce the No Idling Law, however, only small signs were put up.
Signs are not enough to protect children, families, and our communities from getting exposed to vehicle and air traffic pollution. Thank you, Mothers Out Front, for holding Massport accountable by demanding real enforcement and community engagement on this issue!
Progress to reduce youth homelessness in Boston
In their new union contract, the Boston Teachers Union and the City of Boston agreed to expand a pilot program with the goal of eliminating homelessness for families of students in Boston schools within five years. Based on recent data, we’re already on the right track! In just three years, Boston’s youth homelessness has significantly decreased by 44% since receiving $4.7 million in federal funds to combat homelessness among young adults. During that time, Boston housed more than 500 youths and added 277 housing units. At the start of the initiative in 2019, there were just 40 units available. We’re closer than ever before to ensuring every child has a place to call home, and we’re hopeful that the city will maintain this rate of progress toward reducing youth homelessness in our schools and communities.
Learn more about Boston’s progress to reduce youth homelessness at The Hour.