Be the Change Community Action: Economic Justice

Join Cambridge-Somerville for Change for a presentation and discussion on economic justice and Raise Up

“Raise Up Massachusetts,” a labor-community-faith coalition of over 100 organizations, has a two-edged mission: to raise up Massachusetts as an alternative to right-wing national politics, but also to raise up Massachusetts to BE an alternative.  Our own dirty secret, that our state is both a bastion of liberal values AND a case study in growing inequality, reveals the depths of the crisis in American liberalism, the crisis, I would argue, that cost Democrats the Congress, and now the Presidency. 

Through its victories in 2014, Raise Up has already moved the dial on building shared prosperity in our state.  The current campaigns -- for a statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave system, "Fair Share" progressive tax for education and transportation, and a $15 minimum wage -- will go much further, and we won't stop until we have an economy that works for all of us!

Harris Gruman is the Massachusetts Political Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Previously, he was Director of Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor, and, in the 1990s, health care reform organizer for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers. Since 2013, he has helped lead the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition. He also developed the innovative SEIU Community Action program in our Gateway Cities, which was essential to Elizabeth Warren winning her seat in the U.S. Senate.

Learn more about Be the Change here.

20% of sales from 3-5PM will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) grew out of the wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing an unexpected financial crisis.  As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, we are dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the country in their time of greatest need. The Foundation typically helps brick and mortar bookstore employees who have a personal financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances, including natural disasters like the recent hurricanes and wildfires.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140