We’re Hiring: Worcester Chapter Organizer

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Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts (N2N-MA) is a member-led, community based, civic engagement organization dedicated to achieving economic and environmental justice. Racial and gender justice are at the heart of our mission and cuts across all our work. We have Chapters in Lynn, Springfield, Holyoke and Worcester!

Main Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Build a strong Chapter by recruiting members through door to door canvassing, organizing public events and conducting one-on-one meetings
  • Hold members’ leadership by holding and facilitating regular member meetings designed to elevate members’ political analysis; provide trainings and open up spaces for members to take on leadership roles in campaigns, actions and other activities
  • Maintain regular contact with members and support their leadership
  • Identify and lead with members local campaigns that respond to local needs and build members’ leadership and strengthen the Chapter
  • Coordinate and integrate the Chapter with N2N’s statewide campaigns
  • Enter and maintain organizing related information in the Voter Activation Network and organizing database
  • Conduct local media and communications work
  • Help project and hold political space for N2N through supporting the political development of members; building coalition support for organizing efforts and representing our position and values in ally spaces
  • Implement voter engagement and electoral campaigns
  • Manage donor portfolio of at least 30 donors through donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Train, manage, and support team of door to door and phone canvassers

Qualifications and Experience

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Demonstrated passion for social, economic and environmental justice
  • Demonstrated understanding of the struggles low-income communities of color face; Strong political analysis of root causes of injustice and oppression and/or direct, personal experience with the issues N2N organizes around preferred
  • Experience doing outreach work in communities of color; Canvassing experience preferred
  • Able to take initiative, work independently AND be a team player
  • Excellent writing, computer, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to building unity in a multi-racial community
  • Experience in issue, labor, electoral or community organizing
  • Willingness to work flexible hours; some late nights and weekends

Neighbor to Neighbor strongly encourages people of color, women and queer folks to apply. Interested applicants please email n2nma@n2nma.org with your resume and cover letter.

Salary & Benefits: $45,000 for this full-time position. Benefits include 4+ weeks vacation, sick days, fully paid health insurance, life insurance, travel reimbursement, and opportunities for career growth.

ORGANIZADOR DEL CAPÍTULO DE WORCESTER

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts (N2N-MA) es una organización dirigida por miembros de la comunidad con compromiso cívico dedicada a lograr la justicia económica y ambiental. La justicia racial y de género está en el centro de nuestra misión y es transversal a todo nuestro trabajo. ¡Tenemos capítulos en Lynn, Springfield, Holyoke y Worcester!

Principales responsabilidades del puesto:

  • Construir un Capítulo sólido al reclutar miembros a través de campañas puerta a puerta, organizar eventos públicos y reuniones
  • Perfeccionar el liderazgo de los miembros mediante la celebración y facilitación de reuniones periódicas de miembros diseñadas para elevar el análisis político de los miembros; Brindar capacitaciones y espacios de apertura para que los miembros asuman roles de liderazgo en campañas, acciones y otras actividades
  • Mantener contacto regular con los miembros y apoyar su liderazgo
  • Identificar y liderar con los miembros campañas locales que respondan a las necesidades locales y desarrollen el liderazgo de los miembros y fortalezcan la Capítulo
  • Coordinar e integrar los Capítulo con las campañas estatales de N2N
  • Ingresar y mantener información relacionada con la organización en la Red de Activación de Votantes y datos de organización
  • Llevar a cabo trabajos de comunicación y medios locales
  • Ayudar a proyectar y mantener un espacio político para N2N apoyando el desarrollo político de los miembros; generar apoyo de coaliciones para organizar esfuerzos y representar nuestra posición y valores en espacios aliados
  • Implementar participación de votantes y campañas electorales
  • Administrar una cartera de donantes de al menos 30 donantes a través del cultivo y solicitud de donantes
  • Capacitar, administrar y apoyar equipos de encuestadores puerta a puerta y telefónicos

Calificaciones y experiencia

  • Fluidez en español, pasión por la justicia social, económica y ambiental
  • Comprensión de problemas que enfrentan las comunidades de color de bajos ingresos; Fuerte análisis político de las causas profundas de la injusticia y la opresión y/o experiencia personal directa con los problemas que N2N organiza
  • Experiencia preferida haciendo trabajo de divulgación en comunidades de color; Se prefiere experiencia
  • Capaz de tomar la iniciativa, trabajar de forma independiente Y ser un jugador de equipo
  • Excelentes habilidades de escritura, informática y comunicación interpersonal
  • Compromiso demostrado para construir la unidad en una comunidad multirracial
  • Experiencia en organización de problemas, laborales, electorales o comunitarias
  • Disposición para trabajar en horarios flexibles; algunas noches y fines de semana

Neighbor to Neighbor motiva encarecidamente a las personas de color, mujeres y personas queer a postularse. Los solicitantes interesados ​​envíen un correo electrónico n2nma@n2nma.org con su currículum y carta de presentación.

Salario y beneficios: $45,000 para este puesto de tiempo completo. Los beneficios incluyen más de 4 semanas de vacaciones, días de enfermedad, seguro médico totalmente pagado, seguro de vida, reembolso de viajes y oportunidades de crecimiento profesional.

We’re Hiring: Statewide Field Director

Neighbor to Neighbor is seeking a Statewide Field Director to help build a strong membership base, lead the development of a powerful field organizing program, strengthen the capacity and leadership of Neighbor to Neighbor members, and grow our electoral muscle to advance our issue and electoral campaigns.

The successful candidate will be a proven community, labor, or political organizer. The successful candidate is adept at the art and science of leveraging time, resources, and relationships into concrete campaign victories that build power with and for LGBTQ+, women, immigrants, the working class, and communities of color. The Statewide Field Director directly supervises the organizing staff. The Director will work with the organizers to set base-building metrics, troubleshoot organizing issues, and collaborate with the organizers to build power across the state. This position reports to the Executive Director.

About Neighbor to Neighbor
We are the New Majority: people of color, immigrants, women, and the working class on a path to liberation. N2N’s statewide membership organizes to put people and the planet before profit. In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, our chapters build power to confront this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We fill the ballot boxes with our votes. We fill the streets with our voices. We seed the new alternatives that put power, and decision-making in our hands. We are certain that a new world is possible, and that we are the ones to build it.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervising and supporting N2N field organizing team
  • Co-creating strategic campaigns with members and staff team
  • Strengthening current systems to run effective field operations and establishing new programs as needed
  • Ensuring organizers meet the field program goals and objectives
  • Modeling best practices for organizing team by engaging in some direct organizing work
  • Providing technical support to organizers, including cutting walk lists, recording results and data using advanced targeting methods, and ensuring that chapter organizers are regularly entering data using the Voter Activation Network (VAN)
  • Representing the organization in statewide coalition spaces
  • Working with the Development Director to set annual fundraising goals, and to cultivate a list of 30 donors
  • Working closely with the Executive Director, Policy Coordinator and Training and Education Coordinator to ensure field plans integrate campaign goals and all necessary logistics and staff team is prepared to execute effectively
  • Collaborating with the Executive Directors, Associate Director and Development Director in providing information for grant writing, and reporting

Qualifications: We are seeking applicants who have most, if not all, of the following qualifications and experience:

Organizing: Strong track record working with grassroots organizations, unions or political campaigns; demonstrated experience developing an effective field program (door to door canvassing, phone banking, and table and community events) to advance organizing and campaign goals; demonstrated experience in working with a team of organizers or canvassers in developing, implementing and evaluating field plans; strong experience in using the Voter Activation Network (VAN) to build field plans, track progress and conduct data analysis.

N2N Alignment: Committed to N2N’s mission and values and to community organizing as a core strategy for building power among historically excluded communities; strong political analysis, including a grasp of the intersections of economic, environmental, racial and gender justice; willing and able to embrace N2N’s process-oriented, collaborative culture.

Leadership: Able to see the “big picture” and translate vision and goals into actionable plans; capable of taking initiative within a team-based organizational structure; able to connect, coach and inspire a team of organizers and canvassers; experience designing and facilitating meetings; creative problem-solver; intuitive listener, skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with a diverse range of people, across the organization, and with allies, donors and funders.

Management: Skilled planner, able to set clear goals and measurable objectives to meet goals; able to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously; ability to meet deadlines; experience running a statewide or regional electoral or issue campaign, experience coordinating or supervising a team of organizers or canvassers, including working with others to reach common goals and objectives; strong organizational and time management skills; exceptional attention to detail.

Communications: Ability to clearly and simply convey ideas orally and in writing; comfort and ability to stay connected to the rest of Neighbor to Neighbor through our established internal communications standards, including staff meetings, supervisory meetings, use of project management software, and prompt use and response of e-mail, text and phone communications.

Fundraising: Some experience in individual donor cultivation and solicitation, or be open and enthusiastic to learning.

Travel: Must have a valid driver’s license and be able and willing to travel to N2N chapters on a regular basis.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $75,000. Benefits include health insurance coverage for individuals and families; life and disability insurance; paid holidays, sick time, and three weeks vacation. We make a particular effort to recruit LGBTQ+, women, and BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) folks to apply for open positions.

How to apply:
Please email a cover letter, and resume with references to elvis@n2nma.org with the title of the position in the subject line.

Member Highlight: Nancy Lopez

Meet Nancy Lopez, a N2N member who spent hours and hours knocking on doors and talking to neighbors in Springfield last fall.

Nancy first got involved with N2N seven years ago – she remembers coming to our office in downtown Springfield, on the second floor above a restaurant. The first campaign she worked on was with the N2N Action Fund to elect a progressive ally to Springfield City Council.

“I like to help the community. I never miss a meeting.”
– Nancy Lopez, N2N Member

This year, she reconnected with Enid, our Springfield Organizer, on Facebook and hit the streets with our team to bring neighbors out to vote. Even after long days of knocking doors, N2N members would cheer when they passed each other in the streets to keep the excitement going.

Nancy stays involved because she likes bringing people together, going in groups to elected officials’ offices to fight for what we believe in, and getting her community out to vote.

You’re supporting members like Nancy in doing this work on the ground – thank you!

Celebrating 25 years of Neighbor to Neighbor

With you by our side, Neighbor to Neighbor has won countless victories over the last 25 years.

You’ve helped us back the leadership of N2N members, who align with our values, to step up to run for office. You’ve helped us champion policies to raise the minimum wage and win paid medical leave. You’ve helped us stop polluters like the Mt. Tom coal plant from putting their own profits before the health of our people and planet.

Thanks to you, we have a lot to celebrate as our organization turns 25. And your support means we’re gearing up for an even more powerful future.

Our team is stronger than ever, and we’re growing. We’re excited to welcome Terry Gibson, Cultural & Field Organizer, Enid Ramos-Ginés, Springfield Organizer, and Ruthy Rickenbacker, Communications & Digital Coordinator, to the team!

Going forward, N2N will lead the way on campaigns for community control and community ownership.

We’re fighting to make housing a social good, bring democracy to the workplace, and ensure that our people live in safe, healthy communities and are at the leading edge of the clean energy economy.

Thanks to you, N2N will continue to be a place, a true political home, that pushes the boundaries of what is possible – for 25 more amazing years to come.

Take action for housing justice statewide

Get ready to take action: N2N is launching a campaign to fight for housing justice statewide!

We know our people are facing a housing crisis, made worse by racism, COVID-19, and the climate crisis. The rent is too high, and our communities are being displaced from the cities we call home.

Last fall, you supported us in bringing together neighbors in Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester and Lynn to have real conversations about our struggles with housing. Together, we also imagined solutions. We envisioned a future where renters are protected, housing is affordable, and our people can afford to stay in their homes.

Now, we’re gearing up to fight for that future.

Are you ready to fight for housing justice? Make sure you stay in the know by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

N2N is Hiring: Communications & Digital Coordinator!

Communications and Digital Coordinator Job Description

Overview:

The Communications and Digital Coordinator position is an exciting opportunity for a creative storyteller and digital organizer to develop and guide Neighbor to Neighbor’s communications strategy and process. The Communications and Digital Coordinator works to frame and position our organization so that members feel deep ownership over the organization, and donors and foundations see how critical we are in the movement for change. The ideal candidate will elevate Neighbor to Neighbor’s social media presence and expand our digital organizing capabilities. This includes: leading the re-creation of the organization’s website, training staff in digital organizing, and bringing the organization’s unified voice and narrative to the next level.

The Communications and Digital Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, and is a full-time position based preferably in our Boston office, with flexibility for working out of our chapter offices in Worcester or Springfield, MA. Option to work remotely as we navigate the shifts in the pandemic. The ideal candidate would have at least 3 years of experience in Communications and or digital organizing.

Key Responsibilities include:

Strategy

  • Working hand-in-hand with the Executive and Associate Directors and the Development Director to develop and implement an organization-wide communications strategy to further Neighbor to Neighbor’s mission, values, and brand identity. 
  • Leading the development of and guiding the implementation of campaign communications, by working with staff and members to define the narrative and broad messaging.
  • Meeting with members and staff to collect their stories to be incorporated in broad communications strategy and that builds upon the narrative.
  • Working with bilingual staff to meet with Spanish-speaking members, and to develop communications content in Spanish as well as English.
  • Guiding and supporting staff in amplifying N2N’s work in key moments such as before/during/after actions, before key events, etc.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to effectively analyze data to grow the impact of communications work and continually improve the strategy.
  • Leading staff in building relationships with key journalists, identifying media opportunities, and shaping larger news narratives around N2N values and campaigns.

Website, Social media & traditional media

  • Managing N2N social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkTree). 
  • Designing and managing email blasts in partnership with the Development Director. Working with Organizers to create a membership email list to integrate into these email blasts.
  • Working with Organizers and Regional Field Coordinators to coordinate, manage, and design posts for social media.
  • Partnering with the Training Coordinator to train N2N members and organizers in effective digital organizing practices and strategy, and media work.
  • Working with our staff and member-led board to reimagine our website, update it and increase traffic.
  • Partnering with Organizers, Regional Field Coordinators and members  to prepare press advisories and releases, and to work with the press.
  • Fielding relevant press asks/media and forwarding them to specific folks on staff for intervention, response, and or uplifting our stories.
  • Guiding content production for campaign communications, including writing, videography, graphic design, website, and photography.
  • Partnering with organizers, Regional Field Coordinators, and members to develop speeches and scripts to be spokespersons.

Materials & Documenting the work

  • Partnering with the Development Director on the graphic design of newsletters and other donor materials.
  • Designing brochures, pamphlets, etc. for organizing purposes. 
  • Leading the staff in a process to finalize and implement N2N’s new logo.
  • Photography and videography to document our work in action. 

Fundraising

  • Cultivating an individual donor list of 20-30 donors. 
  • In collaboration with the Development Director, draft and design individual donor communications and newsletters.
  • In collaboration with the Development Director, assist with the promotion and marketing of fundraising events via social media and email blasts.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • 3+ years developing and managing communications.
  • Experience working with web management, social media platforms, and communications.
  • At least one year of experience working or volunteering with community-based organizations or lived experience in Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Neighbor to Neighbor (listed on our website); a team player who works well with others and independently; and highly organized and resourceful with a strong attention to detail. 
  • Understanding of racial, economic, and environmental justice issues, basic principles and theory of change.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE and SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of Canva, Google docs, Photoshop, MailChimp.
  • Spanish fluency is preferred, but not required.
  • Understanding of and experience with community organizing.
  • Experience with digital campaign development.

BIPOC, Women, and or LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits: $50,000 – $60,000 for this full-time position. Benefits include 4+ weeks vacation, sick days, fully paid health insurance, life insurance, travel reimbursement, and opportunities for career growth.To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by August 30th to Joe Di Mauro at Joe@n2nma.org. Rolling interviews will begin August 15th.

Gerena

The German Gerena School opened in 1975 to serve the growing North End population and to unite the North End through its system of tunnels. The tunnels now suffer from persistent water and mold due to aging and broken waterproof lining and poor ventilation. The water and mold exacerbate health concerns such as asthma, which affects Springfield residents at a rate twice that of the state average.

These issues have prompted community action. Organizations such as Neighbor 2 Neighbor have called on the city and state to make Gerena safe for the school children and community members who rely on the tunnels. Driven by a sense of  mutual aid, organizers draw attention to the connections between income inequality, environmental injustice, and racism. Gerena is one site that demonstrates these injustices in the North End community. As such, activists have been persistent and resilient in the fight to make Gerena a safe and vibrant space for the North End once again. Through organization and grassroots activism, local groups empower those who are directly affected by injustice to take control of decisions that impact their communities. 

In 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT), which is responsible for the upkeep of the Gerena tunnels, approved funding for waterproofing the Gerena tunnels. These tunnel repairs were estimated to cost up to $3 million. In October of 2020, the city of Springfield completed a repair plan for the tunnel system’s water leaks. In April 2021, Mass DOT approved the plan and agreed to fund $1.2 million of the estimated $2.18 million project. 

For more information on the history and issues surrounding Gerena, view these segments presented by New England Public Media’s Connecting Point.

Lower Valley Mutual Aid Press Release

Contact:

Katie Talbot, Organizer, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, (413) 270-4694, Katie@n2nma.org 

Zulma Rivera, Organizer, Neighbor to Neighbor, Massachusetts, (413)364-4247

Zulma@n2nma.org 

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ]

Lower Valley Mutual Aid

LOWER VALLEY- Eleven months into a global pandemic, and our communities throughout the lower valley continue to struggle to make ends meet. During the early months of the pandemic Neighbor to Neighbor was introduced to the mutual aid network from a few of its members who saw first hand how many people were struggling to obtain basic necessities, paying bills, and providing food. In the attempt to assist with community needs, N2N connected with various mutual aid groups in search for the best practices to connect with the community. 

The Lower Valley Mutual Aid formed in the Holyoke/Springfield/Chicopee area to strengthen connections among neighbors and share talents and resources. Katie Talbot and Zulmalee Rivera, from Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) have worked to support Neighborhood Point People who agree to be neighborhood leaders; to be the eyes and ears on the ground and to help the effort connect with as many people as possible. They have launched the Appleseed Time Project, where participants can offer their skills through time exchange. 

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month a food distribution drive is hosted at 413 Main Street in Holyoke. Additionally, the partnership with the COVID-19 Massachusetts Tracing Collaborative, food can be delivered to folks who are quarantining after testing positive. The collaborative community effort has already assisted over 180 community members. In the midst of the pandemic the group continues to thrive – building strong neighborhood ties in Chicopee, Holyoke, and Springfield. 

Instructions to make donations via Indian Orchard Community Council (IOCC), the non-profit fiscal sponsor for the local N2N are below:

To donate on-line use this link. It brings you to the Indian Orchard donation page. Be sure to click on the options box and choose Lower Valley Mutual Aid. Or you can write a check to IOCC (Indian Orchard Community Council).  The Memo line should say Lower Valley Mutual Aid. Mail checks to Indian Orchard Community Council, PO Box 51593,  Indian Orchard, MA. 01151

Every donation small and large is welcome.  Thank you for your generosity to our neighbors! 

Lower Valley Mutual Aid formed in the Holyoke/ Springfield area with the support of Neighbor to Neighbor to strengthen connections among neighbors & share talents & resources. In addition, they established the Lower Valley Mutual Aid Fund. Read more & find out how you can contribute here.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Environmental Justice Press Contacts

María Belén Power, Associate Executive Director, GreenRoots, Inc., (617) 466-3076 mariabelenp@greenrootschelsea.org

Andrea Nyamekye, Co-Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, (508) 505-6748 andrea@n2nma.org

Environmental Justice Organizations, Grassroots Groups, and Allies Angered by Squandered Opportunity.

Boston – Environmental justice was dealt a devastating blow today by Governor Baker’s veto of the much-anticipated Next Generation Roadmap Bill. Enactment of S.2995 would have created long overdue protections for the Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant and low income communities who experience disproportionate impacts of pollution and climate change and are often excluded from adequate participation in environmental decision-making.

Members of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Table, a broad based coalition of environmental justice organizations, grassroots groups, and allies, led by GreenRoots, Inc. and Neighbor to Neighbor MA, are shocked and disappointed to see this opportunity squandered. Not only would the bill have helped to reassert Massachusetts’ leadership on climate change, it would have anchored state decarbonization efforts in racial and economic justice, in the wake of the nation’s racial reckoning and in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the imperative to do so is no longer in question.

We thank our legislative sponsors, who have been leaders in bringing the issue of environmental justice to the forefront, and for their hard work over the past two years and more. We also thank the Senate President and Speaker of the House, who have come out publicly and committed to refiling the Next Generation Roadmap Bill as soon as possible.

Maria Belén Power, Associate Executive Director, GreenRoots Inc, said, “Once again, so-called “progressive” Massachusetts has shown it’s true colors. We are led by a Republican Governor who is not interested in defending and protecting the most vulnerable residents of our Commonwealth, in particular immigrants, people of color and low income residents. Governor Baker has sent a clear message for 2021, he has zero interest in advancing equity and providing much-needed protections for environmental justice communities. It is shameful that after everything our country and our Commonwealth has been through this past year; after so many public health inequities being uncovered and exposed; and after the racial uprisings of this past summer, Governor Baker refuses to grant justice to the most vulnerable communities of our Commonwealth. ”

Andrea Nyamekye, Co-Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor MA, said, “After 20 long years, we still do not have true environmental justice protections for our most vulnerable communities in the Commonwealth. This bill could have been the first step in ameliorating public health and environmental harms that have plagued Massachusetts communities, and disproportionately Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, and low income communities, for far too long. Governor Baker had a chance to put environmental justice into state statute for the first time, but he decided to allow environmental racism to persist in Massachusetts despite the overwhelming statewide support for these protections. We are thankful to our coalition partners for the work that was poured into getting environmental justice legislation this far, and to our five legislative sponsors who pushed their legislative colleagues to act on justice. The Governor may think he has silenced us and our fight for justice, but we will be back because our communities can no longer wait.”

Sofia Owen, Staff Attorney, ACE (Alternatives for Community & Environment): “We are deeply disappointed that the Governor did not sign the Roadmap Bill. The environmental justice provisions would provide Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, and low-income communities in Massachusetts with baseline protections that are long overdue. Our communities are the most polluted in the state, and by not signing this bill, Governor Baker is failing to protect the health of the communities who need it most – even in the midst of a global pandemic. This is unacceptable. Today’s veto ensures that environmental racism will continue to thrive in policymaking in Massachusetts.”

Jean-Luc Pierite, President Board of Directors, North American Indian Center of Boston: “There is no environmental justice without first considering the Indigenous peoples of Massachusetts. The Next Generation Roadmap Bill includes critical measures for equity for our communities on the front line of climate change. It ensures that Indigenous peoples are not excluded from decision making processes because of race or language barriers. It also ensures further investment in businesses rooted in our communities. This means the most impacted are those who can foster solutions for a sustainable future. Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto stands against a loud outcry for equity from environmental justice communities.”

Heather McMann, Executive Director, Groundwork Lawrence: ““I am very disappointed that Governor Baker did not sign the Next Generation Roadmap Bill,” said Heather McMann, executive director of Groundwork Lawrence. “I know that Groundwork Lawrence and the rest of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Table will continue to work together and step up our efforts to make our voice heard and advocate for climate policy that directly addresses both the causes of climate warming and actively develops process to address the pervasive social inequity that has our environmental justice population bear the brunt of the burden of climate change. It is critical, to protect our planet and to protect its people, that aggressive measures such as the ones included in this Bill, become law of the Commonwealth.”

The Massachusetts Environmental Justice Table is led by GreenRoots, Inc. and Neighbor to Neighbor MA and includes Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), A Better Future Project, Coalition for Social Justice, Clean Water Action, Community Action Works, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, Groundwork Lawrence, Health Care Without Harm, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), and Unitarian Universalist Mass Action.

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We are Neighbor to Neighbor

You‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌integral‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌to‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌community, importantly anchoring us ‌‌through‌ ‌our‌ ‌recent‌ ‌Executive‌ ‌leadership‌ ‌transition.‌ ‌ ‌
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We‌ ‌are‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌building‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌power‌ ‌of‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌to‌ ‌Neighbor:‌ ‌building‌ ‌power‌ ‌with‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌“New‌ ‌Majority”‌ ‌communities‌ ‌to‌ ‌bring‌ ‌about‌ ‌‌real‌ ‌‌change‌ ‌in‌ ‌people’s‌ ‌lives‌ ‌and‌ ‌cities.‌ ‌ ‌
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And‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌usher‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌new.‌ ‌ ‌

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You,‌ ‌like‌ ‌us,‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌at‌ ‌an‌ ‌inflection‌ ‌point.‌ ‌Communities‌ ‌are‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌fight‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌lives‌ ‌around‌ ‌racial‌ ‌justice,‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌justice,‌ ‌economic‌ ‌justice,‌ ‌and‌ ‌more.‌ ‌This‌ ‌path‌ ‌to‌ ‌liberation‌ ‌will‌ ‌take‌ ‌deep‌  organizing‌ ‌and‌ ‌community‌ ‌building‌ ‌to‌ ‌achieve‌ ‌meaningful‌ ‌and‌ ‌transformative‌ ‌change.‌ ‌ ‌
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And,‌ ‌you,‌ ‌like‌ ‌us,‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌to‌ ‌radically‌ ‌shift‌ ‌from‌ ‌our‌ ‌current‌ ‌extractive‌ ‌economy‌ ‌into‌ ‌one‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌regenerative,‌ ‌just,‌ ‌and‌ ‌loving‌ ‌of‌ ‌black‌ ‌and‌ ‌brown‌  people‌ ‌and‌ ‌working-class‌ ‌people,‌ ‌we‌ ‌must‌ ‌build‌ ‌power‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌bottom‌ ‌up.‌ ‌ ‌
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In‌ ‌the‌ ‌midst‌ ‌of‌ ‌continued‌ ‌uncertainty‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌fight‌ ‌for‌ ‌change,‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ deep‌ly ‌grateful‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌stand‌ ‌by‌ ‌N2N’s‌ ‌side!‌ ‌
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We‌ ‌are‌ ‌seeing‌ ‌our‌ ‌democracy‌ ‌and‌ ‌society‌ ‌crumble‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌curtain‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌pulled‌ ‌back,‌ ‌exposing‌ ‌injustices‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌all‌ ‌have‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌too‌ ‌long:‌ ‌the‌ ‌chipping‌ ‌away‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌social‌ ‌safety‌ ‌net,‌ ‌growing‌ ‌disparities‌ ‌between‌ ‌the‌ ‌rich‌ ‌and‌ ‌poor,‌ ‌the‌ ‌death‌ ‌of‌ ‌black‌ ‌men,‌ ‌women,‌ ‌and‌ ‌trans‌ ‌folks‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌hands‌ ‌of‌ ‌police‌ ‌violence,‌ ‌a‌ ‌planet‌ ‌in‌ ‌ecological‌ ‌collapse,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌disproportionate‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌deaths‌ ‌in‌ ‌black,‌ ‌brown‌‌, and‌ ‌indigenous‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌ ‌
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These‌ ‌injustices‌ ‌are‌ ‌right‌ ‌here‌ ‌in‌ ‌Massachusetts‌ ‌too:‌ ‌
    ●Continued‌ ‌displacement‌ ‌of‌ ‌working-class‌ ‌and‌ ‌people‌ ‌of‌ ‌color‌ ‌families‌ ‌in‌ ‌Lynn,‌ ‌Worcester‌‌, and‌ ‌Springfield,‌ ‌as‌ ‌rents‌ ‌increase‌ ‌and‌ ‌people‌ ‌get‌ ‌pushed‌ ‌out.‌ ‌ ‌
    ●Lack‌ ‌of‌ ‌representation‌ ‌in‌ ‌local‌ ‌governments‌ ‌run‌ ‌by‌ ‌entrenched‌ ‌power‌ ‌structures‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌incapable‌ ‌of‌ ‌hearing‌ ‌the‌ ‌lived‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌people‌ ‌we‌ ‌organize‌ ‌every day.‌ ‌
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The‌ ‌survival‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities‌ ‌and‌ ‌the environment‌ ‌is‌ ‌at‌ ‌stake.‌ ‌

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In‌ ‌this‌ ‌video,‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌see‌ ‌and‌ ‌hear‌ ‌the‌ ‌many‌ ‌faces‌ ‌of‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌to‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌who‌ ‌have‌ ‌made‌ ‌this‌ ‌organization‌ ‌their‌ ‌political‌ ‌home.‌ ‌ ‌
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Our‌ ‌members‌ ‌like‌ ‌Nelly‌ ‌Medina,‌ ‌have‌ ‌learned‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌many‌ ‌challenges‌ ‌she‌ ‌and‌ ‌her‌ ‌neighbors‌ ‌face‌ ‌in‌ ‌Worcester‌ ‌all‌ ‌come‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌root:‌ ‌an‌ ‌economy‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌extractive‌ ‌in‌ ‌nature,‌ ‌and‌ ‌these‌ ‌inequities‌ ‌are‌ ‌shouldered‌ ‌by‌ ‌people‌ ‌of‌ ‌color,‌ ‌the‌ ‌poor,‌ ‌the‌ ‌working‌ ‌class,‌ ‌immigrants,‌ ‌and‌ ‌LGBTQ+‌ ‌folks.‌ ‌
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In‌ ‌order‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌transition‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌just,‌ ‌we‌ ‌must‌ ‌center‌ ‌people‌ ‌most‌ ‌directly‌ ‌impacted,‌ ‌and‌ ‌bring‌ ‌decision-making‌ ‌power‌ ‌back‌ ‌to‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌These‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌faces‌ ‌of‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌to‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌leading‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌towards‌ ‌a‌ ‌Just‌ ‌Transition‌ ‌and‌ ‌Solidarity‌ ‌Economy.‌ ‌ ‌
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However‌ ‌2020‌ ‌ends,‌ ‌you‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌our‌ ‌work‌ ‌cut‌ ‌out‌ ‌for‌ ‌us.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌collective‌ ‌hands‌ ‌to‌ ‌bring‌ ‌forth‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌world‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌all‌ ‌know‌ ‌is‌ ‌possible.‌ ‌ ‌
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This‌ ‌is‌ ‌our‌ ‌shared‌ ‌vision‌ ‌for‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌to‌ ‌Neighbor‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ ‌organize‌ ‌and‌ ‌build‌ ‌people‌ ‌power‌ ‌to:‌ ‌
    ●Shift‌ ‌economic‌ ‌and‌ ‌political‌ ‌control‌ ‌back‌ ‌to‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌ ‌
    ●Democratize‌ ‌wealth‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources.‌ ‌ ‌
    ●Advance‌ ‌ecological‌ ‌restoration‌ ‌and‌ ‌create‌ ‌resilient‌ ‌structures‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌
    ●Elect‌ ‌movement‌ ‌leaders‌ ‌who‌ ‌hold‌ ‌Just‌ ‌Transition,‌ ‌Solidarity‌ ‌Economy,‌ ‌and‌ ‌co-governance‌ ‌principles‌ ‌to‌ ‌alter‌ ‌the‌ ‌entrenched‌ ‌power‌ ‌structures‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities‌ ‌and‌ ‌statewide.‌ ‌

 ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌continuing‌ ‌to‌ ‌lay‌ ‌the‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌for‌ ‌our‌ ‌collective‌ ‌liberation.‌ ‌ ‌
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Will‌ ‌you‌ ‌take‌ ‌our‌ ‌hands‌ ‌and‌ ‌walk‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌path‌ ‌towards‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌world‌ ‌with‌ ‌us?‌ ‌
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Now‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌ever,‌ ‌we‌ ‌ask‌ ‌you‌ ‌to‌ ‌double‌ ‌your‌ ‌gift.‌ ‌‌For‌ ‌the‌ ‌many‌ ‌faces‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌video,‌ ‌for‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities,‌ ‌for‌ ‌you,‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌us.‌ ‌ ‌
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With‌ ‌your‌ ‌additional‌ ‌gift,‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌building‌ ‌power‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌world‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌all‌ ‌know‌ ‌is‌ ‌possible‌ ‌to‌ ‌create,‌ ‌centered‌ ‌around‌ ‌values‌ ‌of‌ ‌cooperation,‌ ‌self-determination,‌ ‌and‌ ‌mutualism.‌ ‌ ‌
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In‌ ‌imagination,‌ ‌solidarity,‌ ‌hope,‌ ‌love,‌ ‌and‌ ‌deep‌ ‌gratitude,‌ ‌ ‌
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Andrea‌ ‌Nyamekye‌ ‌&‌ ‌Elvis‌ ‌Méndez‌ ‌
Co-Executive‌ ‌Directors‌ ‌
Neighbor to Neighbor MA
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