Campaigns

Rebuilding our Economy:  Progressive Revenue

We are experiencing an unprecedented national economic crisis, which is having a disproportionate affect on people at the bottom of the economic ladder. Low-income people are losing jobs to layoffs, homes to foreclosures, and benefits to budget cuts. States around the country are facing massive budget deficits, and are dealing with the crisis through a combination of devastating budget cuts and regressive tax increases. In Massachusetts, the budget gap has spiraled to $2 billion. So far, the state legislature’s proposals have not resolved the grave fiscal problems confronting us.

Green Jobs

Investment in green jobs and energy efficiency programs has emerged as a strategy for reviving the economy while protecting the environment. With federal stimulus funds now being distributed to state and local governments for these programs, it is crucial that low-income people have a voice in how this money is allocated in their communities. N2N-MA is working with other members of the Massachusetts Green Justice Coalition and T4MA to ensure that new efforts to green the state economy benefit low-income people and communities of color.

CORI Reform

Our state’s Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) system is broken and WILL be updated to reflect changes in use. A CORI record is generated when a person is arraigned on criminal charges. Originally created for use by law enforcement, the CORI system is now used employers, landlords, and others in decisions on hiring, housing, professional licensing and student loans. Employers and landlords who have access to these records do not have the training to understand CORI reports, which are hard to read and often include inaccurate information.

2012 Voter Empowerment Campaign

The 2012 elections offered an opportunity for N2N-MA chapters around the state to educate, energize and turn out their members to vote. We will continue our work to increase participation of new and infrequent voters in our communities.