Monthly Archives: March 2014

Today is Cesar Chavez Day!

“We are a movement that builds and not destroys,” said Chavez in 1970. His legacy continues on through the hope that, one day, we might bring justice, equality, and fair wages to all farmworkers across the world.

As the leader of UFW, Chavez used non-violent strikes, boycotts, marches, and fasts to improve the working conditions of farm workers from all backgrounds. UFW won monumental gains for farm workers and civil rights, resulting in the election of thousands of Latino officials and shifted the U.S. political landscape.
 
“(Farm workers) are involved in the planting and the cultivation and the harvesting of the greatest abundance of food known in this society. They bring in so much food to feed you and me and the whole country and enough food to export to other places. The ironic thing and the tragic thing is that after they make this tremendous contribution, they don’t have any money or any food left for themselves,” said Chavez during his fight for farm workers’ rights in the 1960s.

 

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Learn More About our Social Workers’ Campaign!

Every day social workers are on the front lines in communities throughout Massachusetts; working to end domestic violence, supporting children and families, empowering minorities and caring for individuals who are in dire need of compassionate assistance.  Social workers and grassroots community organizations in Massachusetts share the task of paying attention to the things that help build strong and healthy communities.  They are natural allies.  They work side by side in direct service work: making sure people have food and shelter, and are being cared for in the most fundamental ways.  

This common mission also has social workers and community organizations working together to advocate for structural changes needed for people to be able to improve their lives.  

For those who work in the field it’s clear to see that injustice is a multi-dimensional issue.  Problems do not arise out of thin air but rather stem from one another; lack of education can lead to poverty, poverty can lead to isolation and isolation can lead to abuse, etc.  Each problem can be addressed individually, but they are all tied to one another and without addressing the whole, there is little chance of lasting sustained change.  

Community Works is 32-year-old partnership of grassroots, social justice non-profits.  Our collaboration puts us in the unique position of seeing the whole picture.  Today, our 31 groups do direct service work, community empowerment; they teach advocacy, arts therapy, urban environmental work, education and more.  Their individual work address specific issues, but together our collaborative effort addresses root causes of social injustice. 

At the core of Community Works is a mission to create a community of people all working together for lasting social change.  This community includes non-profits and their constituents, corporate partners and individual donors who give to Community Works.  We believe that only by coming together to tackle the injustice of poverty, deprivation and abuse can we create lasting, systemic change in our communities and in people’s lives.  

While our non-profit members have been working with social workers for years in communities throughout the state, for the first time social workers now have a direct way to support Community Works’ individual and collective work.  Social workers can now give one-time and recurring gifts on a designated online giving site.  To find out more go to https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_socialworkers/.  

 

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So, What’s the History of Community Works you ask…? We’ll tell you!

Founded in 1982, Community Works is a cooperative fundraising effort among community-based and social justice oriented organizations. Our goal is to develop a stable and growing source of support for our member organizations, primarily through our partnership with local businesses as part of their employee giving campaigns. We do this by:

  • Expanding traditional definitions of charitable activity to include advocacy and community organizing;
  • Increasing employee awareness of community resources;
  • Demonstrating alternative approaches to pressing issues; focuses attention on issues not previously addressed;
  • And fostering the empowerment of donors as they choose where they will direct their contributions.

Membership in Community Works has grown to mean much more to our organizations than raising money. Community Works has provided an opportunity for member organizations to share resources among themselves and to collaborate on projects that benefit the broader community.

Currently, 52 private, public, and nonprofit employers in the greater Boston area, with over 120,000 employees, permit payroll deduction contributions to Community Works, including the city, state, and federal government campaigns. Since 1982, we have raised over $5 million for our member organizations.

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MassCosh Invites You to a Workers’ Memorial Day Public Commemoration

MassCoshinvites you to participate in Workers’ Memorial Day Public Commemoration!

When? Monday, April 28, 2014

What time? 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Where? In front of the State House 24 Beacon Street, Boston (rain location call 617-825-7233 x14 for info.)

What are we doing? Honoring workers who were killed, injured or suffered from illness on the job and press for strong workplace health and safety protections for all workers.

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No Shame in That! Via Every Day Feminism: “5 Reason’s Why It’s Okay If You Don’t Want Children”

In this still very patriarchal society, many women are finding it difficult to navigate through the strong feelings and societal notions of having children or not. Instead of promoting a quintessential idea of motherhood and blindly assuming that all women want to grow up to be mothers, let’s create a more inclusive narrative and push for a more understanding dialogue for those women who have decided that motherhood isn’t what they want. As a community, we should encourage the difference of opinions and stand by women who have decided (for a variety of different reasons) not to bend to society’s expectations and “norms”.

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“When it comes up in conversation, people are shocked by my choice. People who have or want children sometimes seem offended by it. Others brush it off, saying I’ll change my mind someday. Maybe it’s surprising that I don’t want to start a family – because I am a woman who doesn’t hate children. In fact, I’ve worked with children for years, and I’d like to think I’m fairly good at it. I have a tendency to nurture others and cater to their needs. Not to mention, I present myself in a relatively feminine way, which makes people assume I am straight (spoiler alert: I’m not!) and could bear a child whenever I feel like it (also a faulty assumption).”

Read more here.

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Social Media, Social Change, Social Good

Social Media, Social Change, Social Good

“According to a new global survey, Millennials: The Challenger Generation, by Havas Worldwide, a future-focused global ideas agency, some 70% of young people believe that social media is a force for change.”
(https://blogs.worldbank.org/youthink/social-media-and-social-change-how-young-people-are-tapping-technology)

With so many people plugged in to the interweb, following and re-posting people and organizations, and staying updated with what’s going on via social media platforms, it is important for social/environmental justice non-profits to keep in mind that their social impact could be magnified through these social media outlets.

Community Works stays plugged in daily and we hope to continue spreading the word about issues that matter, communities that are doing great things for our world at large, and community members who are making a difference. We believe that we can connect people to issues so that together, we can find possible solutions to the many issues communities face today. Social media isn’t just for following celebrities, sharing entertainment news, and chatting with friends – it can be used as an impactful avenue for people to develop compassion for others. Together, we can use social media for social good and inform the public on pressing problems that need solutions. Through online platforms we can advocate for each other and stand up for one another in a unique, creative, and public way.

So what are you waiting for? Follow us!

Massachusetts Senior Action Council’s Annual Celebration and Fundraising Event “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” Celebrating 33 Years of Senior Action!

Massachusetts Senior Action Council is a grassroots, senior-run organization committed to empowering seniors and others in Massachusetts to act collectively to promote the rights and well-being of all people.

For More Information or to RSVP please contact
Carolyn Villers @ Cvillers@MassSeniorAction.org
617-284-1234.