Working people rise to power

Dear allies,

Every year on May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, we stand in solidarity with workers all over the country to demand that working families have access to fair wages, basic workplace rights and dignity on the job. This year too, we are uniting with workers to demand that state and federal legislators put their support behind policies that address systemic inequities and support the freedom to join together in unions. Join us tomorrow in Chelsea, MA at 2 p.m. to make your voices heard. More details below. 

This Wednesday on Workers Memorial Day, along with Masscosh and many others, we mourned the loss of those workers who lost their lives while working on the job. We continue to lose working people due to COVID-19 and common workplace hazards. To bring an end to this, we must hold our employers accountable for providing a safe workplace and ensure that workers don’t suffer just because they choose to go to work. 

As our children go back to school and our businesses open up, it is imperative that we take concrete action to put working people and families at the forefront of our recovery efforts. This week, the Biden administration also released the American Families Plan and we are excited to see this administration’s commitment to supporting families. We hope that the MA legislature will follow suit and ensure that our families and child care providers have what they need to recover from this pandemic.

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!

Gig Employee Solidarity in MA
Gig workers like rideshare and delivery drivers — also called “on-demand workers” — play a growing and vital role in our state economy. Like all workers, they deserve basic protections including living wages, strong safety standards, and paid sick time.

Rideshare companies are doubling down on anti-worker policies in states across the country. In California, corporate special interest groups poured $200 million into passing Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that stripped gig workers of fundamental labor rights such as paid sick time, minimum wage laws, and more.
Now, Big Tech corporations are trying to bring their bad policies to Massachusetts. Visit our webpage to learn more about our efforts to protect workers’ rights.

Pass the PRO Act. Pass the Wage Theft Prevention Act. Gig workers fight back. 
Every year on May Day, we remember that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere — and we proudly stand united as working people. Join us on Saturday for a rally to bring power back into the hands of working-class people and to demand that our legislators take action and put workers first. This International Workers’ Day, we say #NoMore.

International Workers’ Day
In-Person Solidarity Rally
Saturday, May 1
2 p.m.
248 Everett Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150
Join us in person or via Facebook Live (@GBLCBoston)

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 child tax credits offered by this funding 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!

Unemployment Resource
Before COVID, to get a child care voucher, low-income parents had to have a job or be in an education or training program. Now, you can get a child care voucher for up to 6 months while you look for a job, pursue an education, or training. View our flyer to learn more about this.

Green Justice Coalition Presents: #LetUsBreathe Online Rally
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and it has revealed the cracks in our system that existed much before the pandemic began. It is time for us to address these issues and build our communities so that they benefit all of us. 

The Green Justice Coalition invites you to join us for an online rally on World Asthma Day. Speakers will include advocacy groups, health professionals, and grassroots leaders and state legislators working on the frontlines to address the need for meaningful energy efficiency, public transit, and clean air access in Massachusetts’ EJ Communities.

#LetsUsBreathe Online Rally
Tuesday, May 4
World Asthma Day
6 – 7 p.m.
RSVP here 

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.

May 1st Coalition: International Workers Day Rally
The anchor organizations of the May 1st Coalition — La Colaborativa, La Comunidad, and MassCOSH — have been fighting for the survival and future of their communities. This May 1st, we stand in silence for the millions who have lost their lives needlessly because of inadequate healthcare infrastructure, but will also march with our fists raised high to advance the causes of our communities and the international working class.

International Workers Day Rally
May 1, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Join in person or via Zoom. 
Register here

Fighting Corporate Power with Deeper Democracy: A Virtual Panel Discussion 
Partnership for Working Families is hosting a panel discussion on how corporations amass political sway and how deeper democracy and participatory processes can build on current organizing practices to center our communities’ needs and build their leadership for the long term. They will also cover the Partnership for Working Families’ findings from two new reports: one that details the backroom corporate dealings that keep our communities living on the bare minimum, and another that explores deeper, more inclusive democratic processes to build power in our communities and counter this corporate and white supremacist agenda.

Fighting Corporate Power with Deeper Democracy: A Virtual Panel Discussion
Monday, May 3, 2021
3 p.m. EST
Sign up here

Legislative Briefing 
Come learn about the Mass Renews Alliance’s groundbreaking legislation at our May 5th Legislative Briefing. The Mass Renews Alliance (MARA) is a mammoth coalition of over 80 Massachusetts organizations united in advancing racial, social, and economic justice-focused intersectional climate policy. This session, MARA has written 3 bills that focus on housing and food justice: Building Justice with Jobs (S.2226/H.3365), Food Justice with Jobs (H.967/S.495), and Food Justice Frontline (H.973/S.564).

The Mass Renews Alliance works in partnership with Renew New England, which is supporting statewide campaigns across the Northeast to enact climate justice. Learn how Massachusetts can blaze the trail for environmental justice by signing up for the May 5th, 10 am Legislative Briefing here.

Legislative Briefing
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
10 a.m. EST
Sign up here

Thank you for reading and taking action!

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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