JALSA has a long history of creating, joining, and staffing coalition efforts to maximize our effectiveness. Current coalitions include:
Raise Up Massachusetts
Member Organization and Steering Committee Member
Raise Up Massachusetts is a grassroots coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions committed to reducing economic inequality. The Coalition is focused on three issues of critical importance to working families in Massachusetts: raising the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 per hour, paid family and medical leave, and passing the Fair Share constitutional Amendment. Both the most recent raise in Massachusetts’ minimum wage and the Earned Sick Time ballot victory were the result of Raise Up work.
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization works to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Greater Boston across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for the public good. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious groups work together on issues chosen by the members. Affordable housing was the key issue of this summer’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) ballot victory; criminal justice reform is the key concern going forward into the next legislative session.
Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Founding Member and Member Organization
The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence started in 2013 after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As an umbrella organization, the Coalition brings together organizations and institutions across MA to address the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities and takes the lives of so many of our citizens, in suburbs, in rural areas, and certainly in cities. The Coalition had a major role in the passage of the most recent Massachusetts legislation to prevent gun violence.
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
MIRA is the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. MIRA advances this mission through education and training, leadership development, institutional organizing, strategic communications, policy analysis and advocacy.