For low-income people to influence elected officials and have an impact on public policy, we believe it’s essential to unite them in local and statewide coalitions with unions, social service agencies and community groups.
We are currently part of the following coalitions:
Commonwealth CORI Coalition
Neighbor to Neighbor is a member of the Commonwealth CORI Coalition, a broad cross-section of individuals and organizations including union members, clergy, professionals, blue-collar workers, and people directly affected by the issues fighting to reform the Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) system. N2N-MA staffs and leads the coalition which is organizing to improve access to jobs and housing for people with criminal records. The group is currently advocating for legislation that would streamline the record sealing process, and eliminate the abusive and erroneous use of CORI records.
Stop the Cuts Coalition
Neighbor to Neighbor is a member of the Stop the Cuts Coalition, a broad-based alliance of labor unions, community groups and research groups that fights for new state revenue policies. N2N-MA is one of Stop the Cuts’ critical leaders in the call for a progressive revenue solution to the current economic crisis, and advocates for progressive revenue options as a way of distributing wealth more equitably.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a member of Pushback Network, a national coalition of organizations that bring low-income people of color into the political process on a mass scale through electoral organizing and issue advocacy. N2N-MA recently joined as an anchor organization in Massachusetts. Within the network and in our state coalition, we help build the organizing capacity of other organizations by training them on how to set up a non-partisan voter contact program.
Green Justice Coalition
Neighbor to Neighbor is a founding member of the statewide Green Justice Coalition, which includes more than 30 community base building groups working with immigrants and low-income people of color, consumer advocacy groups, environmental organizations, labor unions, and service organizations united in support of a sustainable, equitable, and clean energy. The Coalition is dedicated to ensuring our state’s growing green economy will create quality jobs, local workforce development opportunities and healthier and safer communities. N2N-MA believes that low-income communities and communities of color have been overburdened by our unsustainable economy, and we want to ensure that these communities are at the forefront of the growing green economy.