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2012 Issues Work and Recent Accomplishments

  1. Youth Jobs
    1. Continue to help staff the Youth Jobs Coalition in its organizing campaigns on state and city and federal youth jobs funding and related policy issues.
    2. Recent accomplishments—Organizing campaign got $4 million in emergency state funds in 2010 to prevent 50% cut/loss of 2400 jobs, $3 million increase for YouthWorks youth jobs program in 2011 and $750,000 increase for School To Career private sector youth jobs. Got policy change to target 15% of youth jobs to the most at-risk youth.
  2. Youth Violence Prevention
    1. Continue to staff the Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition in its organizing work for funding for the Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Grant Program, the DPH Youth Violence Prevention program, the DPH Youth at Risk Program and the Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative
    2. Recent accomplishments: Led campaign for original passage of DPH Youth Violence Prevention Program and helped in passage of Shannon program, in 2011 helped in getting $3.5 million increase for Shannon.
  3. Foreclosure Prevention
    1. Work on national program and policy issues like forbearance, principal reduction, and the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program
      Work on state and local foreclosure prevention laws
    2. Recent accomplishments: Played significant role in passage of $1 billion, which helped 568 unemployed homeowners in Massachusetts save their homes from foreclosure
    3. Played significant role in national policy for 12 month forbearance foreclosure
      protection for unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure.
    4. Played significant role in passage of 2010 State Foreclosure Prevention law.
  4. Jobs and Job Training
    1. Continue organizing work for state funding for job training and the Middle Skills Solutions Act legislation, as a lead group in the Workforce Solutions Group of SkillWorks
    2. Continue work on increase accessing to construction jobs to people of color on state funded projects through staffing of the Coalition of Equal Access to Jobs
    3. Contribute to campaign to increase the state minimum wage.
    4. Recent accomplishments: Helped in passage of around $30 million in state jobs training funds.
    5. Played significant role in Commonwealth CORI Coalition to pass 2010 CORI Reform bill.
    6. Played significant role in minority, women, and resident construction jobs access provisions in the UMass Boston Project Labor Agreement
  5. Immigrant Rights
    Support for State In-State Tuition bill, the federal Dream Act, national immigration reform
    1. Support for new revenue to prevent budget cuts and opposing referendums to cut tax revenue that would cause budget cuts.
    2. Recent accomplishments: Contributed to campaign to defeat tax cutting referenda in 2008 and 2010. Contributed to campaign in 2010 to pass sales tax increase to prevent $800 million more in budget cuts.
  6. Support for our affiliates in Brockton Interfaith Community, United Interfaith Action of New Bedford and Fall River, MICAH/Framingham/Metro West, Essex County Community Organization/Lynn/North Shore, Worcester Interfaith, Pioneer Valley Project/Springfield, and coalition members
    1. Recent accomplishments: Many accomplishments on schools, crime prevention, youth issues, immigrant rights, foreclosure prevention, job training.
  7. Health Care
    1. Recent accomplishments: Contributed to national campaign for extension and increased funding for SCHIP/children’s health care. Contributed referendum signatures and other work to campaign to pass the Massachusetts law for health care for the unemployed.

Action for 2011

The deep Recession continues and calls us to dig deeper to build strong organizations and coalitions at the local, state, and national level that can stand up and accomplish the kinds of changes we need to increase opportunity and justice for more people.

We are mindful that this Recession was caused by the irresponsible financial speculation of large banks and Wall Street Investment companies along with inadequate government regulation of these activities.

We are guided by our religious faith values that call on us to "look to the Lord for strength and stand up and fight for our brothers and sisters" as the prophet Nehemiah challenged us. We are inspired by the leadership and courage of the participants in the labor, Civil Rights, and women's movements that have increased our opportunities today and build a democratic tradition we hope to build on.

  1. Youth Jobs Funding and Policy Work
    The Youth Jobs Coalition that we worked to form and provide staff support to will organize to try to maintain state and city funding for youth jobs and increase private sector support.
    A major teen march to the State House in support of youth jobs funding is planned for February 19.
  2. Youth Violence Prevention Program Funding
    The Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition that we organized will organize to prevent further cuts to the Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Prevention Program and the DPH Youth Violence Prevention Program.
  3. Organizing for New Tax Revenue to prevent budget cuts.
    The state faces a $1.5 billion -$2 billion budget deficit for 2011.
    In 2009, the state faced and $1.8 billion budget and the Legislature and Governor decided to raise the sales tax bringing in $800 million along with making $1 billion in budget cuts.
    The same choices are before us in 2011--either cut the budget by $1.5+ billion or do raise some taxes to lessen the amount of budget cuts.

    We will work with unions and community groups attempting to pass new tax revenues to lessen the budget cuts.
  4. Jobs and Wages
    1. We will support efforts to pass a state bill to raise the minimum wage which was last raised 3 years ago.
    2. We will continue the work of the Coalition for Equal Access to Jobs to work to increase access to construction jobs to lower wage earners, especially people of color.
    3. We will continue our work as part of the Workforce Solutions Group Coalition too on policy and funding issues related to workforce development.
  5. Foreclosure Prevention and Increase Responsibility from Large Banks
    1. We will work for passage of state and city measures that tie investment of public funds to the record of banks on foreclosure loan modification programs and reinvestment in communities.
    2. We will as a part of national coalition work as a part of the PICO National Network and with other allies to press large banks to improve their loan modification policies to lessen foreclosures.
    3. We will work to implement the $61 million Emergency Homeowner Loan Program for loans to unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure. We were a leader in the national campaign to pass this provision with its $1 billion in funding.
    4. We will continue to press the Obama Administration to strengthen the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) by allowing 12 months+ forbearance for unemployed homeowners and for implementing principal reduction called for in the HAMP program.
  6. Support for our 6 affiliated local organizations
    We work to support the organizing and leadership development work of our 6 affiliated organizations:
    Brockton Interfaith Community, Essex County Community Organization, United Interfaith Action of New Bedford and Fall River, Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope/MetroWest, Worcester Interfaith, Pioneer Valley Project.
  7. Developing new resources for support for community organizations through leadership development and training. We are at work at a joint initiative toward these goals with the Public Policy Institute.

Our Work on the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Issue Locally, Statewide, and Nationally (written 12/29/09)

  1. Who

    Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) is a federation of 12 religious congregations organized in 1990 to work on community improvement issues. Brockton has consistently had the highest or among the highest foreclosure rates in the state. www.brocktoninterfaith.org

    United Interfaith Action of New Bedford and Fall River (UIA) is a federation of 15 religious congregations that works on community improvement issues. It was formed in 1997. www.united interfaithaction.org Congressman Frank represents New Bedford and part of Fall River.

    Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) is a federation of 6 faith based community improvement organizations in Massachusetts including BIC and UIA. MCAN was founded in 1985. www.mcan-oltc.org

    PICO National Network is a federation of 52 local faith based community improvement organizations in 18 states. BIC, UIA, MCAN are affiliated with PICO. www.piconetwork.org
  2. Organizing History of the Foreclosure Prevention Campaign we've worked on
    1. First period of work 2005-2009

      Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) built relationships with local Brockton banks from its campaign to construct the BIC Nehemiah affordable homes.
      When the foreclosure crisis started to worsen four+ years ago, BIC, represented by Carol DeLorey joined with local banks, housing non-profits and the Mayor's Office to form the Mayor's Task Force on Foreclosure. Together BIC and the banks and other groups developed a loan program for purchase of foreclosed homes and organized three mortgage fairs where homeowners facing foreclosure could meet with banks about loan modifications. Carol DeLorey was haunted by the many calls she received from desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.

      Many homeowners were referred by BIC to its ally the Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore (part of Neighbor Works) who tried to work with the homeowners to prevent foreclosures but the banks/servicers are very unresponsive in many cases.

      But as the crisis deepened last fall, BIC decided to mobilize more of its organization to act for solutions. It held listening campaigns to hear stories on foreclosure inside its member congregations. It did outreach to homeowners who attended the mortgage fairs to speak to banks about loan modifications and found few had gotten loan modifications.

      BIC sent a representative to Washington along with UIA and MCAN to meet with Congressman Barney Frank in November of 2008 on the foreclosure crisis and the legislation on judicial loan modificaton/bankruptcy he was advancing.

      In March, more PICO groups took up the issue sparked by the Contra Costa Interfaith Community Organization which organized a bus trip of homeowners facing foreclosure that went from California to Washington, DC holding rallies in 8 cities and it was called the Recovery Express.

      In March, BIC and UIA and MCAN leaders met again with Congressman Barney Frank on the foreclosure issue.

      BIC leaders were extremely upset when the judicial loan modification bill was defeated in the Senate and they saw news accounts and a tape of the American Bankers Association crowing about their victory and the millions they had given to 8 of the swing vote Senators who voted against the bill. Senate Majority leader Richard Durbin said then, "the banks own the Senate".
    2. Local campaign for home rule petitions

      With the Senate defeat of judicial foreclosure, BIC decided to work for state legislation on this. They researched and wrote up home rule petitions on judicial foreclosure, a 6 month moratorium on foreclosures, and just cause eviction rights for tenants in foreclosed buildings.

      In May, BIC organized a meeting of 300 residents on the foreclosure issues and other local issues it was working on related to youth programs and crime prevention. The Mayor and a majority of City Councilors committed to vote for the home rule petitions on foreclosure.

      BIC followed up at 3 City Council meetings to get these home rule petitions passed and they are pending in the State Legislature along with parallel statewide bills on these issues.
    3. National campaign on foreclosure prevention

      PICO and an allied group named National People's Action (NPA) met with Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Board Chair, in March and asked him to send senior staff to hearings/meetings held around the country on the financial crisis. He agreed to this request to co-sponsor 9-10 such hearings/meetings with local affiliates of PICO and NPA.

      BIC agreed to organize such a Federal Reserve meeting in Brockton.

      On July 28, Treasury officials met with the major banks/servicers about the HAMP loan modification process as indications started appearing that the program was going forward slowly. PICO organized an action outside of Treasury of homeowners who were not getting loan modifications. Through it's outreach, BIC had heard the story of Jonas St. Pierre of Brockton. Mr. St. Pierre and his wife had credit scores of 720 and had requested a fixed rate 30 year mortgage. They later discovered they got an adjustable rate mortgage and their mortgage went through several owners/investors including Ameriquest and Bank of America. He was facing foreclosure. He flew to Washington to participate in this event.

      Seeing the failures of the HAMP program in being slow to grant loan modifications, MCAN decided that we needed to meet with senior Treasury officials. MCAN wrote up a letter that other PICO groups joined with in requesting a meeting with Assistant Secretary of Treasury Michael Barr about the HAMP issues.

      BIC and MCAN and allies met with Congressman Frank in August. We spoke about legislative and regulatory routes to strengthen CRA. Congressman Frank committed to come to the November 1 action meeting BIC was organizing. When we said we had sought a meeting with Assistant Treasury Secretary Michael Barr but had not gotten a commitment yet, Congressman Frank had his staff call Mr. Barr and urged him to meet with us.

      PICO leaders from cities around the country including BIC leader Clay Reichenberg and MCAN director Lew Finfer met with Assistant Secretary of Treasury Michael Barr on October 8 in the Treasury building in Secretary Geithner's huge conference room. Mr. Barr bounded into the room telling us the good news of several hundred thousand trial loan modifications having been done. Then when he listened to a litany of testimonies of homeowners facing foreclosure and getting a run around by banks/servicers when they applied for loan modification, on the impact of foreclosures causing deterioration and declining property values, his tone changed. The leaders each got up and walked to the head of the table and presented Mr. Barr with scrap books with stories about foreclosures and pictures of foreclosed homes. It became a stack of scrap books about 2 feet high in front of Mr. Barr. Six policy proposals were presented by PICO on ways to strengthen the HAMP

      Mr. Barr said what we said had an impact. They were meeting with the banks/servicers that afternoon and would push them harder. A White House representative at the meeting said copies of the scrap books would go to the White House too.
    4. November 1 action with Congressman Frank, Congressman Lynch, national and local Federal Reserve officials, and state banking officials.

      BIC had to organize three major events that day:
      1. A bus tour of Brockton neighborhoods to show the impact of foreclosure
      2. A Round Table meeting with the Federal Reserve officials, local banks, housing organizations from around the state.
      3. A major public action meeting to show support to Congressman Frank and the federal and state officials for the proposals that BIC, MCAN, and UIA were making on the foreclosure issue.
      BIC leaders wrestled with the proposals to be made in terms of how to make them substantial in content but still understandable to average residents in their organization.

      On November 1, the bus tour went off at 2:30, the Round Table at 4:00, and then the public action meeting at 6:00 at St. Patrick's Church in Brockton. 600 residents from BIC member congregations attended along with representatives from MCAN, UIA, PICO groups from Kansas City and Richmond, CA, and from NPA.

      What was accomplished with Federal Reserve and state officials at the November 1 action meeting:
      1. Federal Reserve Board in Washington agreed that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would meet with PICO and NPA leaders on the proposals made at this and the other 8 hearings/meetings including a proposal that federal regulators expand CRA to cover the lending activities of national banks outside of areas they had branches in.
      2. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the State Office of Business Regulation and Consumer Affairs agreed to convene meetings of banks with BIC and MCAN and allies to talk about and try to solve barriers to loan modifications being done.
    5. Congressman Barney Frank at the November 1 action.

      Clearly, Congressman Frank's presence and what he might say in response to BIC's proposals was the centerpiece of the November 1 action. Congressman Frank as the active Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee is arguably the most powerful Congressman in America on foreclosure and other banking issues.

      On November 1, some 600 people from our Brockton Interfaith Community filled the sanctuary of St. Patrick's Church in Brockton, a city with over 2000 foreclosed homes. Kris McDonald stood at the podium representing those people by asking for commitments from Congressman Barney Frank, the most powerful Congressman in the country on these issues. Kris was born in Brockton and had been baptized in that church.

      Kris said, "we have 4 questions for you tonight". The always quick witted Barney Frank shot back, "we're in a Catholic Church but I thought the Jews were the ones to ask the 4 questions (referring to the questions asked at a Passover Seder)".

      But Kris continued, "why is this night different from all other nights?" That is the traditional first question at a Passover Seder. Kris and the organization proceeded to make this a night different from all other nights as she and BIC leader Katie Sandford respectfully but firmly negotiated commitments from Congressman Frank.

      Although he made commitments around extending CRA to lending by national banks and by independent mortgage companies, the most important commitment he made was on the question about a loan program for unemployed homeowners.

      Unemployment had started to replace predatory lending as the main cause of foreclosure and will continue to be the main cause from now on. HAMP guidelines didn't even allowed homeowners to apply for loan modifications. So what was now the biggest cause of foreclosure wasn't even being addressed by the struggling to succeed HAMP program. Something more needed to be done.

      Being a thoughtful leader, Congressman Frank had already filed a bill called TARP on Main Street which called for such a loan program to unemployed homeowners.

      MCAN researched this and found out that Treasury could do such a loan program now out of TARP funds. Legislation wasn't required. Figuring that good legislation doesn't always pass very soon or can get defeated along the way like the judicial foreclosure bill was this spring, BIC and MCAN and UIA decided to ask Congressman Frank to fight to get Treasury to do this program now out of TARP funds.

      Congressman Frank made a strong commitment to support this. He even added that he would hold up other legislation the Obama Administration wanted if they did not set up this loan program to unemployed homeowner facing foreclosure. Congressman Stephen Lynch also attended the action meeting and made commitments too.
    6. What's happened November 1-December 29 on these issues

      Congressman Frank's commitment to fight for this program at the November 1 BIC action has galvanized a national campaign to get this done.

      PICO and national allies brought this proposal to Assistant Secretary of Treasury Herb Allison at a Washington, DC meeting attended by MCAN representative too. They said they were considering it.

      Congressman Frank has follow up several times on this proposal with Treasury Secretary Geithner and high officials at the White House. He also added an amendment to the Consumer Products Finance Agency legislation that passed on 12/10 for a loan program to unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure funded at $3 billion. He also took the time to personally call us to tell us he had followed up in this way.

      MCAN and PICO reached out to national policy people who were writing up policy papers in support of this and brought these papers to the attention of members of Congress and the Obama Administration. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the University of Wisconsin Business School, and the Philadelphia Unemployment Project have written policy papers on this.

      PICO groups and other allied housing groups have approached their members of Congress to write to Secretary Geithner to urge him to start this loan program.

      MCAN took the steps on behalf of PICO to seek a meeting with the White House National Economic Council to make the policy and political case for a program for loans to unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure. The housing staff person and other members of the White House NEC met with PICO leaders on this on December 14 and BIC and MCAN had representatives at this meeting.

      We also got to present this proposal for a loan program for unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure at a meeting that same week with Larry Summers, head of the White House National Economic Council, that was attended by a BIC and MCAN leader.
    7. National Negotiations with Bank of America about improving their loan modification policies to prevent foreclosures

      Leaders from Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) will join a national negotiations meeting with a senior Bank of America executive about the shortcomings of their loan modification program which has the lowest rate of completion amongst banks. This will take place on January 12 in California.

Update from 9/1/09 on organizing work of Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN)

  1. Organizing for funding for youth violence prevention programs and teen jobs programs.

    We are beginning a campaign for next year's state budget to restore funding cut for these programs in this year's state budget.

    The Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition of 35 community and youth organizations will lead this 2009-2010 campaign with MCAN providing staffing.
  2. Organizing for Jobs for Lower Wage Earners

    a. We are continuing our campaign to convince Governor Patrick to institute policies that will enable 15% of both federal stimulus and state funded construction and green jobs to go to lower wage earners. The Coalition for Equal Access to Jobs is leading this campaign with MCAN providing staffing.

    b. CORI Reform--We are an active member of the Commonwealth CORI Coalition working on legislation to enable ex-offenders to have a fair chance to get jobs.
  3. Organizing for job training and adult basic education funding

    We continue as a lead organization and Executive Board member of the Workforce Solutions Group of SkillWorks to organize on funding and policy issues related to job training.
  4. Health Care

    a. We are active in the national campaign for health insurance reform with the legislation pending in Congress. We are working with the PICO National Network's campaign as a part of the national campaign on this.

    b. We are members of the ACT/Affordable Care Today Coalition that worked for passage of and implementation of Massachusetts's health care law for the uninsured.
  5. Housing, Foreclosure Prevention, Strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act

    a. We are active on the foreclosure prevention issue at the national level with PICO and Americans for Financial Reform, at the state level working with MAAPL, and at the local level with BIC.

    b. We are active on organizing to strengthen the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) working nationally with PICO, NPA, and NCRC and at the state level with MAHA and MACDC.

    c. We are members of the Building Blocks Coalition which works on state funding and policy issues for affordable housing.
  6. Immigrant Rights

    a. We are part of the national immigration reform campaign working with PICO and other national organizations.

    b. We provide support to the state campaigns of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and the Student Immigration Movement (SIM).

    c. We helped from the MetroWest Immigrant Workers Center and provide on-going support to it.
  7. Support for labor unions

    We provide on-going support to organizing campaigns of labor unions such as SEIU Local 615, SEIU1199 Health Care Workers East, the New England Council of Carpenters, etc.
  8. Tax Revenue to Prevent State and Local Budget Cuts and Support Needed Government Funded Programs

    We have been active in the Stop the Cuts Coalition, in campaigns for revenue like the sales tax increase and the passage of the legislation to close the corporate tax loopholes, and in the campaign to defeat referendum Question 1 in 2008.
  9. Support for Local Affiliates in Massachusetts Cities and Towns

    We provide on-going support to the organizers and leaders of these local community improvement organizations:

    --Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC)
    --Essex County Community Organization (ECCO)/Lynn/North
    Shore
    --United Interfaith Action of New Bedford and Fall River (UIA)
    --Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope (MCAH)
    MetroWest
    --Pioneer Valley Project (PVP)
    --Worcester Interfaith (WI)

1. Health Care coverage for children

The role of MCAN and its affiliates BIC, UIA, MICAH and ECCO and of the PICO National Network in the Successful Campaign to Pass the SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) legislation which extends health care coverage to 4 million children.

1. We played a role in the passage of this major legislation which enables 4 million children to have health care coverage.

2. The attachment has photos from this weeks White House ceremony for signing of the SCHIP legislation which included a family helped by SCHIP that's a member of our PICO affiliated in New Orleans and clergy leaders from PICO affiliates in New Jersey and Oakland. It also includes photos of a rally and lobby day in Washington that leaders from your organization were part of. Your organizations met with and got Senator Kerry and Congressman McGovern to speak at this event.

3. Some of the actions we took here in Massachusetts to add to this campaign included:

a. Then Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) President, Diluvina Vazquez Allard, co-chaired an event calling for the passage of SCHIP that MCAN organized and that Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry spoke at along with an affected family that MCAN found from one of its allied groups.

b. Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) met with Congressman Tierney on this issue.

c. Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope (MICAH) met with Congressman Markey on this issue.

d. United Interfaith Action of New Bedford and Fall River (UIA) met with Congressman McGovern on this issue. UIA leader Rev. Don MIer spoke at a national event to push for SCHIP coverage along with Senator Kennedy.

e. Our affiliated organizations made phone calls and sent letters at various times during the 3 year campaign to members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation.

4. Your sister organizational affiliates in the PICO National Network did similar organizing work on this SCHIP campaign in 17 other states.

View photos from the signing ceremony here

2. Health care law for the uninsured in Massachusetts

MCAN is participating as a member of the ACT Coalition that worked for passage of this law and is now organizing for implementation of the new law

MCAN participated in the ACT press conference on February 26 towards influencing the Connector Board decision on the need to include prescription drug coverage in the new health plans offered under the new law.

3. Violence prevention

MCAN and its affiliates worked successfully for refunding of the $11 million Shannon Grant program we worked to get passed in December 2005. These go to cities for law enforcement efforts on gangs and prevention programs. The refunding was passed in may 2007 after an active organizing campaign in the cities of our affiliates and at the State House.

MCAN is playing a key role in developing a proposal for a major state funding proposal for prevention programs as part of its work in helping lead the Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition.
We organized successfully for passage in July 2007 of $2 million in state funds for a pilot proposal for violence prevention programs

MCAN's affiliates in Brockton and New Bedford, BIC and UIA, worked for increased state funding in the YouthWorks state budget program for funding for teen summer jobs. A $2 million increase was passed in July.

4. Job Training, ESOL, GED

MCAN helps lead the Workforce Solutions Group coalition which is working for increased state funding for job training, ESOL, GED. We met on February 23 and again in July with the Patrick Administration's new Secretary of Workforce Development, Suzanne Bump, on these issues.

Applications for the job training funding we helped win last year called the Workforce Competativeness Trust Fund are due on April 2 and grants were made in May.

MCAN and the Workforce Solutions Group helped get an additional $7 million in job training funds for another round of Workforce Competativeness Trust Fund grants for a fall 2007 funding round.

MCAN and WSG are playing a key role in implementing the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET) which could enable community based organizations, cities, and community college to get matching federal funds for 50% of the cost of training and education they are doing with low wage workers on food stamps. Applications for the funding can now be made to the State Department of Transitional Assistance.

5. Work with unions

MCAN and affiliates attended the SEIU 1199 rally for the organizing for the new union of personal care attendants and our New Bedford, Fall River, Brockton and Lynn affiiates are working in support of this campaign.

MCAN is working with the New England Carpenters Union on strategies to deal with employer violations of wage and hour, overtime, and safety regulations especially for immigrant workers. Together with MCAN's MICAH affiiate in MetroWest and MIRA and the Carpenter's Union, we've formed a MetroWest Immigrant Worker Center.

MCAN and affiliates are discussing ways to work with SEIU 1199 and the Painters Union on local issues in communities of our affiliates

MCAN jointly leads the Workforce Solutions Group with the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Mass. Assoc. of Workforce Boards and the Crittendon Women's Union. This coalition works on increasing funding for job training, ESOL, GED