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Our Schools, Our Futures, our first campaign, created high wage, career opportunity jobs for Boston residents with half of those jobs going to recent Boston Public School graduates. We organized a diverse coalition of youth organizations, community groups, churches and unions to work with the City of Boston to leverage its resources to create good painting career jobs for community residents.
Secure Jobs, Secure Communities addressed the growing wealth gap between rich and poor. Large commercial property owners in the Greater Boston area, like The Blackstone Group, enjoy many millions of dollars in annual profits, while residents of the communities where most of their service workers live -- Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan -- can barely make ends meet. This campaign linked SEIU Local 615's organizing of low-wage security officers working in downtown Boston office buildings with community organizations in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The campaign won union representation, better wages and benefits for almost 1500 security officers.
Green Justice: CLU's Green Justice Coalition is bringing affordable home weatherization to working class households and communities of color in Massachusetts. We helped the state's utility companies overcome language and cultural barriers by using a unique model of community outreach. Meanwhile, our Responsible Employer agreement improved wages and working conditions for weatherization installers. This is a triple win for the planet, economic justice, and environmental justice. It is also a testament to base-building, which changed the story from Business As Usual to Green Justice.
Public Transit-Public Good: our community-labor-environmental campaign is stabilizing Massachusetts's public transit system, making it more affordable and accessible to all riders. We have won new state funding, seats for riders on transit authority boards, service reviews to get riders where they need to go, and limits on MBTA fare increases. We rolled back fees for paratransit riders in greater Boston and now we're going for a Youth Pass so young people can get to school, work, and the rest of their lives.
The Department of Public Imagination placed artists with greater Boston community organizations where they strengthened organizing campaigns, broadened neighborhood support and awareness.