Here are brief descriptions of the major projects that I am involved in.
CoRE (Co-Research/Co-Education) Partnership
The Massachusetts-based Solidarity Economy Initiative (SEI) was convened in 2015 to support grassroots organizations to lead a movement for a solidarity economy. SEI was developed by Access Strategies Fund, Boston Impact Initiative, Center for Economic Democracy, and Solidago Foundation. It organizes resources, technical assistance, and infrastructure for frontline organizations to develop movement-building strategies to transform American capitalism as a root cause of social and ecological injustice.
SEI’s community partners include Alternatives for Community & Environment, Black Economic Justice Institute, Boston Workers Alliance, Brazilian Women’s Group, Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity, Centro Presente, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association, City Life Vida Urbana, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement, Matahari Women Workers Center, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, and New England United for Justice.
Teaching Democracy is a training and web platform for Tufts students, faculty, and community partners to build their capacity in popular and community-based education methods. It was developed by a design team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners, toward the goal of sustaining a community of popular and community-based educators and as a resource for members of the Tufts community who want to learn about and integrate these methods into their teaching and research. Our community partners include Chinese Progressive Association, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Somerville Community Corporation.
Right to the City is a national alliance of community based groups that came together in 2007 to fight the displacement of lower income people and people of color in urban neighborhoods due to gentrification. I became involved with the Alliance while with Alternatives for Community & Environment, which is a member. I continue to advise and work with the Alliance’s Boston partners, which include Alternatives for Community & Environment, Boston Workers Alliance, Chinese Progressive Association, City Life Vida Urbana, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, and New England United for Justice.
This coalition brings together 40+ community, labor, and environmental groups across Massachusetts to advocate for greening of the economy that creates good jobs and more sustainable communities. The first campaign of GJC was launched in 2008 to increase energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts, ensure access to these resources for all communities, and support growth of good jobs in this sector. GJC is coordinated by Community Labor United. I helped co-found this coalition while I was with Alternatives for Community & Environment. I continue to advise the coalition and serve on the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, which oversees the utility-sector efficiency programs in Massachusetts.