Most impacted have hardest time getting their Unemployment Insurance
Together with our Expanded Jobs Action Network, we have been gathering cases of those struggling to get the benefits they need to survive. Weeks are going by and there is a risk people will lose out. Even with the improvements the Administration is making, those who need to speak to someone by phone or in other languages are having the hardest time getting through or getting a call back. We have been reaching out to the Administration to make specific suggestions and hear what they are doing. So far, no response. We are now considering a lawsuit and gathering cases. Let us know if you know any one who might have a case.
Within our member community groups, partners, networks, coalitions and campaigns, we are closely connected to community residents, particularly in communities of color. We are hearing what people are facing. Read the One Massachusetts Community Response to COVID-19--issues we have heard in our campaigns and from others. In the days to come, we will be posting both resources and how to join together in action.
Action in Action to Protect our Neighborhoods: A new Community Stabilization Jobs Act for Boston, Demanding 0ver 30% IDP at City Hall, Helping to Lead Ayanna's Housing Equity Town Hall
51% People of Color in 1st Hiring Report from Encore
A 6-year fight leads to hundreds more people of color in good jobs at Encore! In 2013, Action convened the Casino Action Network—community leaders from across the region standing up and saying “if there is going to be a casino, is needs to have good jobs and we need our fair share of them.” Quotes Delegations, meetings, presentations, making residents voices heard—won a license requirement of $41,000 annually and 75% full-time jobs and a hiring requirement of 40% people of color. Residents and our elected leaders won a new approach to connecting disconnected communities to these jobs and keeping the community at the table. Go to our Jobs Equity Campaign section for more information.
Everyone has a reason why we all need good jobs! Action for Equity and the Jobs Action Network joined Mass Senior Action, Dot Not 4 Sale, Brookview House, Boston Tenant Coalition, MAHA, and so many more. Shout out to NEU4J! Great event. Even the weather had to bow to the community!
People’s Assembly endorses Action’s Special Protection Zones as assembly demand!
When our community fight won the opening of Fairmount Corridor stations, we knew that gentrification and displacement were on their way, too. Action for Equity is leading the fight for a new zoning overlay district for Special Protection Zones—to be piloted in the Fairmount Corridor. Right to the City’s People’s Assembly has chosen the Special Protection Zone as one of three city-wide demands. Join us at the next People's Assembly is on Saturday, September 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM!