In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, our chapters in Lynn, Worcester, Springfield, and Holyoke are building the power to confront this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We fill the ballot box with our votes. We fill the streets with our voices. We seed the new alternatives that put power and decision-making in the hands of those directly affected. We know that a better world is possible and that we are the ones who will build it.
Jobs Not Jails is the largest campaign to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts history.
With our partners in Raise Up MA, we are launching a campaign to raise $1 billion in state revenue through a constitutional amendment that will restore the commons by requiring millionaires to pay their fair share.
Voter empowerment, for us, is not just about getting people out to vote— it is about using our power to transform government into a democracy.
In 2014, we closed the last coal plant in the state. Now, with 40,000 tons of toxic ash seeped into our water and our farmlands, we continue the fight to ensure a thorough clean-up of the site and new jobs for Holyoke.
We are organizing parents & community residents to ensure that the City of Lynn increases funding to its schools and expands the Community School model to bring increased opportunity to parents and young people, together.
We also show up for Black Lives Matter, the Fight for $15, and other movements on the path to liberation.
Victories: What We’ve Won
Won Earned Sick Time
Earned sick time for all workers in Massachusetts, allowing 1 million more people to take time off when they’re sick or need to care for a family member.
Increased the Minimum Wage
We increased the state minimum wage in 1999, 2006, and 2014, making Massachusetts’ the highest state minimum wage in the U.S.
Shut Down the Mt. Tom Coal Plant
Shut down the state’s last coal plant, which had contributed for years to Holyoke’s poor air quality and high rates of asthma.
Won Translation & Interpretation for Parents
Lynn parents secured translation & interpretation for all parents and guardians in the Lynn Public Schools.
Restored Dental Benefits
Restored dental benefits to Mass Health, allowing everyone access to regular cleanings and fillings.
Expanded Public Transit
Expanded public transit in gateway cities, increasing the number of buses and trains to get our people to work and to school.
Banned the Box: CORI Reform
An historic civil rights victory that made Massachusetts the 2nd state in the U.S. to prohibit employers from asking about a person’s criminal history on an initial job application.
Closed Corporate Tax Loopholes
The most progressive tax reform in Massachusetts since World War II, eliminating the capital gains loophole as part of a fair tax package worth over $1 billion in new revenue.
Increased Voter Engagement by 400%
Since 1996, we have increased voter engagement by 50% in the lowest-income districts in our cities, and by 400% in neighborhoods with historically low voter turnout.
Our Theory of Change
We view our society as a tree, rooted in particular values and beliefs. Out of those roots grow systems, such as our government and our economy (the trunk), whose policies and programs (the branches) yield the reality of everyday life in our communities (the fruits).
If we are to change our lives, we must change our society, from the roots up. We seed the powerful values of love, gratitude, imagination, courage, solidarity, abundance, and integrity through our chapters and our campaigns, transforming our government and our economy to remake reality in our communities.
Our core values
We claim our power as workers, immigrants, women, and people of color, and we play to win.
Love is our north star, our guiding light. We start from the heart and lead from a place of service to a larger whole.
We thank each other, our allies, and the elders who make us powerful– as individuals and as an organization.
We dream big. We are launching new experiments across the state that put people and planet before profit.
We make the road by walking–so how we walk matters. We embody the values we propose for our society at large.
There is plenty to go around, in our economy and in our movements. We find wealth in our interdependence.
We are well if you are well.