State Representative Candidate Forum–Full Video

State Representative Candidate Forum in Lynn

Member-leaders from N2N and Lynn United for Change asked questions about the most pressing issues in our community, including rapid gentrification and development in the city, lack of housing and rising rents, and environmental justice.

The candidates are running for the 11th Essex District.

See full video here:



Environmental Justice Webinar


The resources our donors contribute to Neighbor to Neighbor are essential to our fight for a better world, so we’re excited to create a space where we share with you the transformative work that your generosity makes possible. This is our first Donor Call & Webinar of an on-going series where we will share our work and build with you. We hope this inspires you to sustain N2N.


In this webinar, our speakers offered an overview of N2N’s burgeoning environmental justice program, and shared insights from one of our local environmental justice campaigns. Our speakers also answered some great questions from those who were able to join the call.




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N2N IS HIRING: Climate Justice Field Coordinator

JOB POSTING: Climate Justice Field Coordinator

Neighbor to Neighbor is hiring a full-time Climate Justice Field Coordinator with a community organizing background to join our diverse, passionate leadership team.

About Neighbor to Neighbor
We are the “new majority:” people of color, immigrants, women, and the working class, on a path to liberation. Our statewide, membership organization is marching to put people and the planet before profit. We counter the fear that causes injustice by building power to transform the institutions that govern our lives. In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, our chapters are confronting this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We are certain that a better world is possible and that we are the ones to build it. For more information, please visit and

Background & Vision of Neighbor to Neighbor’s Climate Justice Program
After successfully completing a campaign to shut down a coal plant in Mt. Tom, Holyoke and transitioning the site to a solar field, Neighbor to Neighbor is expanding our climate justice work. We are on the brink of developing an integrated and state-wide climate justice program into our organizing model of going broad for big sate-wide wins and deep for base building and leadership development. Given our membership and our track record working on economic justice, Neighbor to Neighbor is well positioned to bring to the field of climate justice an economic and racial justice lens.

As members of the Green Justice Coalition and the Mass Power Forward Coalition, Neighbor to Neighbor currently is engaged in important legislative campaigns to advance renewable clean energy and codify environmental justice oversight into state law. To these campaigns, we desire to add grassroots power that will lift campaign demands through organizing and mobilizing for legislative grassroots advocacy, and local events and actions. In addition, we seek to go deeper in the three communities where we organize – Lynn, Holyoke and Springfield – to conduct surveys at the doors and focus groups to learn directly from our community what their most pressing issues are, how they understand climate change, and identify local environmental threats.

Position Description
In partnership with the Executive Director, the Climate Justice Field Coordinator will build out Neighbor to Neighbor’s state-wide climate justice program. The vision is to establish a core group of Neighbor to Neighbor members to lead campaign planning and actions. The Climate Justice Field Coordinator will be able to travel and willing to spend at least three days/week in the field in Lynn, Holyoke and Springfield. Given that our entire organizing staff is Latino/a, our ideal candidate will have a racial justice analysis, experience working with or living in communities of color, and be ready to engage as a team player.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Strategy: Work with the Executive Director to articulate and implement an annual plan with clear outcomes, objectives, activities and timeline that will guarantee the establishment of a core group of 15 – 20 member leaders at Neighbor to Neighbor committed and devoted to advancing a climate justice agenda that integrates racial and economic justice. Work with Executive Director and the organizing team in developing and implementing a community climate justice survey; analyze results and integrate them into Neighbor to Neighbor’s climate justice program.
  • Community Organizing and Coalition Building: Develop and execute canvassing plans in targeted neighborhoods in Lynn, Holyoke and Springfield; accompany canvassers in door knocking activities; organize public events and workshops; do at least five one-on-ones a week; facilitate member meetings and trainings. Must have a Driver’s License and be able and willing to regularly travel across the state. Represent Neighbor to Neighbor in the Green Justice Coalition, MA Power Forward Coalition and other state and national spaces.
  • Management and Administration: Recruit, train and supervise a team of part-time canvassers at each chapter; keep track of progress towards program outcomes in N2N’s organizing database system; document program achievements through written reports, pictures and social media posts.
  • Fundraising: Set an annual fundraising goal; manage individual donor portfolio of at least 30 donors for cultivation and solicitation; organize one grassroots fundraising event or house party; collaborate with Executive Director and Development Director in providing information for grant writing and reports.


  • Community Organizing: Passion for economic, racial and environmental justice. Two or more years’ experience as a community organizer, including volunteer recruitment and supervision, canvassing, and meeting facilitation.
  • Project Management: Experience in planning, leading, and managing organizing projects, including working with others to reach common goals and objectives. Ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously. Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for the campaign and for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Fluent in Spanish.
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with a diverse range of people, across the organization and externally. High energy and passion for Neighbor to Neighbor’s mission. Flexible and adaptable style.

Compensation: Salary: $45 – 55 DOE. Benefits include fully paid health insurance coverage for individuals and families; paid holidays, sick time, and three weeks paid vacation; Flexible Spending Account, and disability.

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to with subject Climate Justice Field Coordinator. Applications will be considered as they arrive until position is filled.

Neighbor to Neighbor strongly encourages people of color and women to apply

50 to D.C.!

Neighbor to Neighbor members are headed to the People’s Action Founding Convention in D.C. on April 23-25, 2017 to mark the 100 days of the Trump administration. The only question is: how many of us will represent Massachusetts’ progressive New Majority?

Let’s get 50!

With your help, 50 N2N members can show up and rise up in solidarity, defiance and resistance with other activist leaders against the Trump regime.

You can make this happen by supporting our GoFundMe Campaign with a generous donation or by sharing our campaign with your friends and families.

 Donate here — — or share the link! 

 The time is now to build power.


Mayor Sarno fails to protect all of Springfield citizens, caves in to Trump regime’s bullying and blackmail and gives in to the politics of fear, hatred and division. In these dark times, we need brave, courageous leadership that stands on the side of love and unity!

Shame on Sarno!


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President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration continue to draw the opposition of immigrants across the country including those in Western Massachusetts.

On Thursday, a group of community activists personally delivered a letter to the mayor’s office asking him to meet with them over their concerns.

The community group feels that President Trump’s executive orders have unfairly targeted Muslims and the immigrant population.

Mayor Sarno is not budging from his position that Springfield will not become a sanctuary city.

Springfield community leaders deliver a letter to mayor Sarno’s office that was signed  by 14 individuals and organizations.

They’re seeking a meeting with the mayor to discuss the city’s policies regarding the President’s executive orders on immigration.

In addition, community leaders asked the mayor to sign an executive order himself that would stop local police officers from being forced to carry out the work of federal immigration authorities.

“What our point is you can call it sanctuary, or something else you can use a different word what we are asking is a specific proposal we believe doesn’t run afoul of President Trump’s executive order,” said Billy Peard of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.

The visit to the mayor’s office comes after a recent rally at City Hall where hundreds of people turned out to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.

Mayor Sarno told Western Mass News he will not sign such an executive order.

“I’m all for legal immigration but not skirting the letter of the law, we’re not going to be a sanctuary city, I’m not going to the group’s demand,” said Mayor Sarno.

The group has its concerns and felt a meeting with the mayor would allow them an opportunity to discuss in detail those issues.

“People have a lot of fear he’s been sending a divisive message similar to trump, and we want to have a conversation with Sarno,” said Jafet Robles of Neighbor to Neighbor.

“Springfield is a melting pot, and if we don’t stand up for Muslims now then when will we stand up for the rest of everybody else,” said Adam Gomez, a Springfield City Councilor.

Mayor Sarno was not in his office so the group’s request  will be delivered to him.

Although Mayor Sarno said the group knows how that he doesn’t feel a meeting is necessary.

“The meeting is not in the best interests of the city of Springfield , it’s residents, and businesses,” Mayor Sarno continued.

Copyright 2017 Western Mass News (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. 

Frame Shift. Then Power Shift.


Elena Letona, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor (and a 2005 Barr Fellow), shares lessons learned from an old, industrial city in western Massachusetts, where community members, labor groups, elected officials, and others found common cause in a winning effort to go from “coal to sol!”

As I write this, a brave struggle rages in Standing Rock. First Nations have joined to stop the construction of an oil pipeline. Their war cry is not “reduce carbon emissions.”

Their war cry is respect for the sanctity of water, land, and life itself.

This is a different frame. Yet, if victorious, this fight will contribute to reducing carbon emissions, the leading cause of climate change.

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, a low-income, majority-Latino town went from coal to solar.

Their fight was not framed in terms of climate action either. Yet in the end, it also reduced carbon emissions.

The story begins in 2010, when the Sierra Club invited economic justice organization Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) to join a campaign to shut down Holyoke’s Mt. Tom Coal Plant.

Their fight was not framed in terms of climate action either. Yet in the end, it also reduced carbon emissions.

For an organization that organized people based on bread and butter issues, shutting down coal did not resonate at first. However, as N2N members learned of the connection between contamination and health problems, they became outraged that their health should be put at risk by a multi-national energy giant.

The organization joined together with Toxics Action Center, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Sierra Club to put forward a vision that resonated with the community: We want clean air so our kids can breathe without inhalers, clean land and water so we can safely eat the food we grow and fish we catch, and responsible business that brings good, clean jobs to Holyoke.

But even with this growing coalition, an important voice in this community was still missing. Many N2N leaders had lost their jobs when factories closed and were worried about the plant workers. So they invited unions to join the coalition and added a demand for a just transition: to care for the laid-off coal plant workers.

N2N brought this message door-to-door and held press conferences and forums to build support. With support from so many, including the unions, an inclusive and just message, and in-the-streets tenacity, in the end, all shared the victory.

By 2011, public officials funded and launched a study to determine the best future use for the coal plant site.

In the summer of 2015, the Mt. Tom coal plant shut down.

Just one year later, plant owners agreed to meet the worker’s demands for severance and retirement packages. And several months later, the company broke ground on a solar field and committed to cleaning up and removing the contaminated chimney.

We glean two major lessons from this story:

1. It takes all of us.

When we bridge divides, and environmental groups band together with directly affected community members and labor groups, elected officials, and philanthropic supporters, we have the elements for a complex, victorious campaign.

2. Our message must resonate deeply and broadly.

Working-class, Latino N2N members were not ready to join a fight to shut down a coal plant. However, they were ready to fight for their health, land, water, and good jobs. We must shift the frame and our collective understanding of the profound damage that a fossil-fueled economy does to people and planet.

More than ever, in the face of the divisive 2016 presidential election, we must come together and ground our work in values that embrace our care-taking of each other and our only home: Earth.