Summit for the Public Good
On December 9th, hundreds of leaders from across Massachusetts gathered at the Summit for the Public Good to ratify a 10-year agenda.
The gathering was the culmination of a year-long planning process convened by Community Labor United that was led by communities of color, women and unions committed to building long term power and resistance. The day included report-backs from members of the organizations that lead the planning process, ratification of the 10-year agenda, an action and celebration.
The 10-year agenda grew out a series of meetings and member assemblies across the state, where a diverse team of women with nearly 400 years of organizing experience combined began developing a shared analysis of the current political climate.
The statewide 10-year agenda is meant to be both aspirational and concrete, based on our commitments to each other on how we need to move differently in this work, and rooted in our values and vision for a just world.
Our hope is that having a long-term agenda will strategically increase our power on the ground and proactively set the terms of debate with concrete policy recommendations and corporate campaigns that reflect our struggle to build a movement truly led by working class communities.
Click on the video to hear from some of the women who led this planning process.
Summit participants protested at Seth Klarman’s house in Chestnut Hill. Klarman holds $1 billion of Puerto Rico’s debt and contributed illegal “dark money” to the “Yes on 2” campaign that sought to divert funding away from public schools to charter schools in Massachusetts.
Protestors read stories of families from Puerto Rico who’ve struggled under the current financial crisis the island faces and demanded that Klarman forgive the debt he holds.