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Applying to College: A Virtual Panel
for Worcester Black and African
Families

Please Join Us on Wednesday March 3rd from 6:00-7:00pm
  • Hear college admissions counselors clarify the college application process
  • Learn about benefits of attending a university in Worcester
  • Hear a current student’s perspective on the process
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions answered in a live Q&A
    Registration for event highly encouraged:
    https://rb.gy/mmbnvb
    Zoom Information:
    https://worcester.zoom.us/j/94710524932
    Hosted by Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption University, and Clark University
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         BLACK FAMILIES TOGETHER
We are Black people who live and/or work in Worcester. Our purpose is to address institutional and systemic racism and the inequities that exist for Black people in our society as it relates to the City of Worcester


February 22, 2021
Black Families Together (BFT) is encouraged by the steps that the City Manager and Mayor have taken to show their commitment towards addressing institutional and systemic racism in the city of Worcester. BFT has made many demands for city leaders to address institutional and systemic racism and the inequities that exist for Black people in our society as it relates to the city of Worcester.

In response to the communication filed by the City Manager for the Worcester City Council meeting on February 23, BFT recently became aware of this in-depth filing. As such, BFT will fully vet these filings and recommendations this week and will share a comprehensive response shortly.

In the interim, BFT offers the following response: The number one demand for our Education Reform and Policing/Criminal Justice Reform priority areas is to remove police officers from WPS.

As such, we are fully in support of the recommendation to remove police officers from WPS, however, we would like to see the timeline adjusted to an earlier date We fully support the Executive Order acknowledging that institutional and systemic racist exists in the departments of the city. Establishing a community/civilian review board was our third demand. We are disappointed that this was not included in the list of recommendations.

The Division of Investigations falls short of this demand. City employees investigating themselves is not reform. We hold firm on our demand that a community/civilian board is necessary to address institutional and systemic racism in the WPD and to have the accountability and transparency that all residents deserve.
For more information, please contact BlackFamilesTogether@gmail.com
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RENAISSANCE MEDICAL GROUP WORKING TO ELIMINATE THE
BARRIERS TO VACCINATION IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:
Beatriz Contes, Vice President, Renaissance Medical Group
bcontes@renaissancemedgroup.com
774-420-2311, ext. 102

Sarai Rivera
srivera@renaissancemedgroup.com
508-579-3015

Southbridge, MA – On Monday, February 22, Renaissance Medical Group (RMG) will begin offering one-on-one vaccine registration assistance to RMG patients and adult day health care members at the RMG Center for Health and Wellness - Southbridge. Bi-lingual caregivers will work directly with patients and members to explain the benefits of vaccination, identify vaccination appointment availability and complete appointment registrations. As a Latino healthcare provider, RMG is uniquely poised to help a community that has seen one of the highest infection rates, yet lowest vaccinations rates.
Recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the largely disproportionate share of eligible Latinos registering and receiving COVID-19 vaccines, with non-Hispanic whites accounting for 81% of vaccines administered in MA, compared to only 5% of Hispanics. The Centers for Disease Control attributes this gap to language and technology barriers, as well as accessibility to medical facilities and vaccination sites.
Over the weekend, MA state legislators including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, State Rep. Nika Elugardo joined a roundtable hosted by Sen. Ed Markey to discuss the importance of improving access and distribution of the vaccine to underserved and communities of color.  In response to that dialogue, Jesus Suarez, CEO of RMG, says “We appreciate Sen. Markey’s leadership and the attention that he is bringing to the burden our communities have carried throughout this pandemic. We have seen that burden firsthand and RMG is ready and able to make a significant impact.”
For more information about RMG’s vaccination registration program, or to schedule a visit to the RMG Center for Health and Wellness, please contact RMG Vice President, Beatriz Contes at bcontes@renaissancemedgroup.com or 774-230-0391.
Renaissance Medical Group is a 360 health care company providing a wide-range of wellness programs and services including primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy, adult day health care, dental and in-home services. Our bi-lingual caregivers care for English and Spanish-speaking communities at locations in Lawrence, Springfield, Southbridge and Worcester.
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Community Organizer Job Description

Organizational Overview

 


Founded in 1993, Worcester Interfaith (WI) develops leaders & organizes power to work for Racial and Economic justice. We are a collective of congregations & community-based organizations in Worcester, MA which represent the racial, socio-economic & geographic diversity of the city. WI combines faith values, community organizing and leadership development  to engage our community  in issues that disproportionately affect residents of color, and those of low-income or newcomer status. Over the course of 25 years, we’ve leveraged community support & funding for neighborhood pools, parks & recreation, Community Schools, infrastructure improvements, workforce development & employment opportunities for youth & adults, education and health equity while advocating for policy changes at the local & state level.

Position Overview
Worcester Interfaith is looking for a Community Organizer to lead a few of our active campaigns including our Education Equity work. This includes organizing Parents and youth as well as working with our Faith and lay leaders with our member Congregations. The Organizer will work with new and existing organizing teams. The Organizer will engage our leaders in our campaigns, identify new leaders and work on identifying systems and policies of inequity. The Organizer will then work with leaders, WI and the community to identify strategies to address those inequities. We are looking for someone that is excited about relational organizing, leadership development and is investing in addressing issues of Systemic change.

Duties and Responsibilities

Congregational,  Community Leadership and Work in Coalition
  • Participate actively in our current and new coalitions: share ideas, build power analysis, contribute to campaign development, recruit community members to join and take public action to change policy
  • Support and convene Worcester Coalition for Educational Equity: 1:1 meetings with coalition members, cultivate strong relationships with members over time, maintain member list, schedule meetings, facilitate or co-facilitate, co-lead campaign planning and 
  • Represent Worcester Interfaith in calls on locally, statewide and nationally related to issues we are working on or interested in
  • Organize Parents and Youth
  • Create small groups of parents across the city to build a Network of Parents who have organized power
  • Work with Leaders of assigned congregations to build strong local organizing committees within member congregations
  • Facilitate active connections between Board members’ congregational social justice work, our coalitions, and other initiatives we hear about; motivate individuals and organizations to take deeper and more effective action over time
  • Maintain the issue work to which we are committed.
  • Coordinate the participation of leaders in training workshops and conduct sessions as needed
  • Regularly seek out and build relationships with new leaders and facilitate bringing in new member institutions/organizations (Particularly in Immigrant and Communities of Color as well as store front congregations)
  • Prepare materials for training session, printing handouts, technology and room set-up, prep flipchart etc.

Issue Development
  • Train leaders in the organizing model as laid out by MCAN, involving leaders in every step of the process.  Use that tool as a guide for identifying the issues that need to be addressed.
  • Support the development of leaders through regular one on ones to tackle the changes they are focused on in the most strategic and powerful way

Structural Development
  • Build an organizational culture based on strong relationships, a deep moral vision that shows up in public, and builds community.
  • Restructure the board to ensure a better balance of lay people and clergy, and to allow for the establishment of more ad hoc committees to carry out the work.
  • Staff Board committees; support annual meetings, conduct fundraisers, write and format newsletters, etc. as needed
  • Increase engagement with diverse congregations and congregations of color.
  • Revisit our membership and dues structure in order to ensure they don’t serve as barriers to participation.
  • Participate with the Board and Faith Leaders’ Caucus in an ongoing strategic planning process, including working with other leaders to give input and review
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly Staff-Meetings, strategic planning meetings, facilitating where needed and internal communications.
  • Attend and actively participate in bi-monthly Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN) All-Staff meetings, MCAN Leader Assemblies, and any other MCAN related trainings or events, including those
            which may be recommended in and out of state when appropriate.

Fundraising and Administrative
  • Work with leaders to engage and develop relationships with local businesses that can support the organization during the Annual Fundraiser
  • Coordinate with Executive Director to maintain Grant Calendar, crafting competitive grant proposals and building/maintaining relationships with foundation staff as needed
  • Coordinate leaders and staff for foundation site visits, facilitate those meetings;
  • Finalize and submit a minimum of one grant application by the end of the fiscal year. 

Other
  • Develop a working knowledge of the issues, challenges, history and political environment of the city of Worcester and surrounding towns
  • Reflect on the power analysis of the political, economic and religious leaders and structures of the city of Worcester and surrounding towns
  • Meet weekly with Executive Director for one on one coaching, development, supervision, and project support
  • Provide written content for newsletter as needed; coordinate and collect      written material from leaders for newsletter as needed
  • Engage in rebranding, including drafting a new mission statement and developing a strategic and robust communications program (website, social media and email).

Qualifications 
  • High level of consciousness and/or a willingness to learn and engage in conversations around race, class, gender, and faith/spirituality
  • Two to five years’ experience, with an openness to being coached and developed further
  • Self-motivation, detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process
  • High level of consciousness around race, class, and interfaith language and practice
  • Some experience or understanding of organizing work with an openness to being coached and developed further
  • A self-starter who’s detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process 
  • Relational work style: ability to listen well, collaborate, tell stories, and coach effectively 
  • Other qualifications that would be helpful include language skills (especially Spanish), computer skills (Google Suite, Microsoft, etc), and basic grant writing or fundraising 

This is a full-time Salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience 

To apply: Please send an electronic file of your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and your qualifications to info@worcester-interfaith.org

We will accept applications until the position is filled. Worcester Interfaith has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion - people of color, women and members of other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Worcester Interfaith ~ First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609
https://www.worcesterinterfaith.com/
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Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Continuum of Care is one of the recipients of HUD Renewed Funding to prevent homelessness

Contact: Leah Bradley, Executive Director                                            For Immediate Release
(508) 688-7375                                                                                           February 10, 2021
lbradley@cmhaonline.org                                                               


WORCESTER, MA- On January 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $2.5 billion in renewed support for local housing and homeless assistance across the nation. Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Continuum of Care (CoC) is one of the three recipients receiving $7,188,853.00 to continue funding programs critical to preventing homelessness in Worcester and Worcester County.
The funding will support CMHA, as the lead agency for Worcester City and County Continuum of Care, to continue working with its seven partner agencies to implement eighteen CoC-funded Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing and Safe Haven programs, providing 402 units for families and/or individuals experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the funding will fund three non-housing projects, Homeless Management Information System, Coordinated Assessment, and Planning, supporting CoC efforts to plan, coordinate and gather important data to inform and shape homeless prevention services and policy.
“Every day we hear stories of people desperate to find shelter and resources to keep them safe from this pandemic. No one should have to put their head on the pillow at night without shelter and resources to keep them and their families safe. People experiencing homelessness and those on the verge of becoming homeless are under immense strain. This funding is critical to make sure that our most vulnerable community members have shelter and the supports they need,” said Leah Bradley, Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Executive Director.
"We are the richest country on the planet, and it is simply unacceptable for any of our fellow Americans to experience homelessness," said Congressman Jim McGovern. "Fortunately, there are amazing groups such as the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance that are working to assist families that have fallen on hard times. I am so glad that this federal funding will help organizations working to make a difference in our community, and I'm proud of our state and our congressional delegation for advocating support for HUD programs that prevent homelessness. America can and must do more to address the issues that trap so many families in the cycle of poverty."
View a complete listing of HUD grantees and local programs by state by visiting the HUD's website
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Press Release:
Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Worcester, Massachusetts
February 8, 2021

BOSTON A coalition of Black and Hispanic/Latino/a residents of Worcester today filed a federal voting rights lawsuit alleging that the City’s at-large system for electing School Committee members discriminates against communities of color. The plaintiffs also include community organizations Worcester Interfaith and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Worcester Branch.
According to the lawsuit, the use of an at-large system for all seats on the Worcester School Committee dilutes the voting power of minority voters in Worcester, violating the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts and second largest city in New England. Communities of color in Worcester make up nearly half of the City’s overall population (approximately 44%), with the largest minority populations being Hispanic/Latino/a (21.3%) and Black (12.1%). This represents an increase of 574% and 500%, respectively, of these populations since 1980. The student population of Worcester Public Schools, over which the School Committee presides, is even more diverse. In the 2019-2020 school year, 43.1% of students identified as Hispanic/Latino/a and 16.9% identified as Black or African American. Despite this composition and the rapid growth of the Hispanic/Latino/a and Black communities, Worcester’s six- member School Committee is all-white and with very few exceptions, has been all-white during the course of the City’s history.
The courts have ruled that at-large systems such as Worcester’s are unfair and illegal. Worcester’s winner-take-all system deprives communities of color of the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice,” said Oren M. Sellstrom of Lawyers for Civil Rights, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.
The right of representation is fundamental to our democracy. Worcester’s communities of color deserve to have their voices heard, especially as crucial decisions are made by the School Committee directly impacting the children and families of those communities,” said Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, who is leading a team of attorneys representing the plaintiffs on a pro bono basis.
The complaint filed today describes the City’s “polarized voting,” whereby the predominantly white voting electorate consistently defeats the candidates preferred by minority communities. The complaint cites the example of the 2019 election, in which the six School Committee candidates (all of whom were white) who received most support in the ten whitest precincts in the City all won election. By contrast, candidates of color who were strongly supported in the ten most diverse precincts in the City were unable to secure enough votes citywide to win office.
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Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Worcester, Massachusetts
We have serious disparities in the Worcester Public Schools impacting our students of color who make up 70% of the schools’ population. These disparities are directly linked to policies that fall under the purview of our all-white School Committee, which is not accountable to communities of color. The current all at-large School Committee structure makes it impossible to have fair representation and policies and infrastructure needed for our students to thrive,” said Isabel Gonzalez-Webster, Executive Director of Worcester Interfaith. We need to change Worcester’s electoral system in order to have true representative democracy and to deliver equal educational opportunity to every Worcester Public School student.
“We need fair representation in the Worcester Public School System,” agreed Fred Taylor, President of the NAACP, Worcester Branch. “Changing the current election system regarding the School Committee would be a good start.
Nelly Medina, a Latina resident of Worcester and a plaintiff in the lawsuit, added, Without appropriate and equitable representation on the School Committee, Worcester’s communities of color will never get anywhere with creating the schools that our children deserve, especially around addressing racial disciplinary disparities.” Medina attended the Worcester Public Schools and she has a child currently attending Worcester Public Schools.
Worcester is the last large city in the Commonwealth to elect its School Committee through an all at-large plurality electoral system. Other cities and towns in the Commonwealth have moved to a system that includes at least some district-based seats. In a district-based system, a city is divided into a number of districts, and residents of each of those districts vote for their own representative on the School Committee (as Worcester currently does for some of its City Council members). In 2019, following two years of litigation, the City of Lowell settled a similar federal lawsuit filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights, ultimately agreeing to change to a district-based electoral system for both the School Committee and City Council.
Elected bodies should reflect the diversity of their communities and this lawsuit seeks to change Worcester’s School Committee election system to a fairer system, to provide opportunity greater diversity and neighborhood representation.
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Brown Rudnick is deeply committed to public service. Pro bono work is an integral part of our culture. Our lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff dedicate their time and talents to help individuals and organizations pursue civil rights and racial justice and in other matters.
About Lawyers for Civil Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners. We focus on impact areas that represent the front lines in today’s battle for equality and justice. LCR is headquartered in Boston. We represent clients across Massachusetts and surrounding communitiesand the impact of our life-changing work ripples across the country.
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About NAACP Worcester
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, thousands of dedicated members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
About Worcester Interfaith
Founded in 1993, Worcester Interfaith is a multi-issue, multi-racial broad-based community organization, comprised of 21 dues- paying institutions that reflect the religious, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the City. Worcester Interfaith has built bridges between congregational and community leaders and across religious, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic boundaries to accomplish much in the areas of jobs, neighborhood improvements, public safety, education and youth, and draw attention to the disproportionate ways in which these issues affect low-income and minority populations.
Media Contacts:
Paul Liu
Brown Rudnick LLP
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Oren Sellstrom
Lawyers for Civil Rights
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Here it is!!!! Civil service has listed the police officers' exam for 2021.

KEY DATES!

Application Period Begins: January 27, 2021

Application Deadline: April 20, 2021*
Notices to Appear for Written Exam: TBD; See the Next Step below.

Written Examination Beginning Date: June 12, 2021

Score Release Date: TBD
Employment/Experience (E/E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD
Eligible List Established Date: TBD

Examination Processing Fee for ONLY Municipal Police and MBTA Transit Police: $100

Examination Processing Fee for ONLY State Trooper: $100

Examination Processing Fee for Municipal Police, Transit Police AND State Trooper: $150

*There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after this date. Applications will not be accepted after May 4, 2021.

Written examination location: Various sites across the Commonwealth
Eligibility:    Entry-level, open to public


NEXT STEPS!

  Read texts on the preparation guide.
Apply for the 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper Exam!

Notice to Appear for Examination: TBD
Two weeks before the examination date you will receive a notice to appear by e-mail.  The notice will tell you the location and the time to appear for your examination.  Please check your junk or spam mail folder for the e-mail before contacting this officer's

Score Release Date: TBD
You will receive your examination results by email.

Employment/Experience (E/E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD
Eligible List Established Date: TBD
When the eligible list is established you will be able to view your rank on the online list.

HOW TO APPLY!

Find the application for 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper exams/

Read about the exam information in the 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper exams and find out if you’re eligible to take the exams.

Click Apply in the top right corner of the exam poster and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Once you’ve successfully submitted your application, you’ll see a Click to Pay button. Click the button to pay for your exam. Be sure to pay for the correct exam.
You’ll receive two confirmation emails when you’ve completed the process:

♦ an email confirming that your application has been received
♦ an email confirming that your payment has been received

Your application is not complete until you have received both confirmation emails. Once you receive the successful payment confirmation email, you may ignore the option to Submit Payment which may still be displayed in your account.


Exam link!

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/2021-municipal-police-officer-mbta-transit-police-officer-and-state-trooper#key-dates-

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Please find the key dates and other information for the entry-level examination.
 
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The New England Chapter of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) has launched it “Best” awards to highlight inclusive, diverse projects, media and creative works initiated in New England.


For more information, see below or go to NAMIC New England's website, by clicking here
Submit your entry: The competition is is open for entries by communications professionals, creatives, corporations, micro-firms, nonprofits, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leaders for work completed in 2020.
Contact: Kamilah Avant (shown in photo) Email: namicne@gmail.com
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City Council Sends ShotSpotter Connect Proposal to Subcommittee


January 20, 2021
Contact:​ ​defundworcesterpd@gmail.com All quotes attributable to Defund WPD
City Council Sends ShotSpotter Connect Proposal to Subcommittee
On Tuesday night, the Worcester City Council delayed the implementation of the controversial ShotSpotter Connect predictive policing proposal by sending the Chief and City Manager’s plan to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee for public review and discussion. City Council also instructed the City Manager to hold direct conversations with both Black Families Together and Worcester Interfaith, two community-based organizations actively working to address systemic racism within the Worcester Police Department.
Clearly, City officials did not fully comprehend this program. Many Councilors and Deputy Police Chief Paul Saucier conflated ShotSpotter Flex -- a program that the City already uses and pays for -- with the more expensive and expansive ShotSpotter Connect, the predictive policing program in question.
Officials also repeatedly insisted that without facial recognition or personal data, the AI could avoid racial bias in its decision-making. Unfortunately, these programs would rely on Worcester's historical crime data -- data which is inherently biased and prejudiced. As AI researcher Rashida Richardson says, ​“I don’t understand how [municipalities] can be actively dealing with settlement negotiations concerning racially biased practices and still think that data resulting from those practices is okay to use.”​ Considering Worcester’s segregated neighborhoods and the WPD’s own history in court, it seems likely that ShotSpotter Connect would make crime models based on faulty premises.
We thank Councilors King, Rivera, Rose, Rosen, and Russell for listening to their constituents, researching this issue on their own, parsing out the actual issues at hand, and encouraging further investigation.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last Spring, our city government promised reforms to the WPD. Instead, it has continued to accept the status quo: increasing the police budget, stonewalling investigations into police officer misconduct, avoiding discussions with the Board of Health, and remaining silent when the police chief claimed racism doesn’t exist in the WPD (even as multiple lawsuits demonstrate otherwise). Now, not only has city government increased the $53 million police budget by another $150,000, but it attempted to do so by side-stepping the transparency requirements of the budgetary process. We hope the Worcester community continues to join us in encouraging local government steer money away from policing and towards education, employment, housing, and public health.
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Black excellence academy flyer updated

email: sluster@worcester.edu

For families with children in grades 1-6.  Unique opportunity to accelerate learning, improve self esteem and knowledge of Black History and Culture. This free virtual afterschool program has very limited seats.  Application link and flyer below. Stay well, Stacey

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The Worcester Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program provides 8 weeks  of career exploration and hands-on exposure to the building trades and prepares participants for placement in a union apprenticeship.  We are partnered with several contractors looking for laborers, carpenters, iron workers, and many more trades!

•            Hybrid training will be held in Worcester and is scheduled to occur February 22 to April 16, 2021!
•            All applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a driver’s license, physically be able to work in construction, be low-income, be authorized to work in the U.S. and consent to Drug Testing.
o            Preference given to women, minorities, and Worcester residents!

To apply to the program view flyer for more details.


 https://masshirecentral.com/construction-apprenticeship-building-pathways/
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Interfaith
Dear Friends,

We are living in extraordinary times. Our communities and future generations call us to action. If you have not Voted yet, you still have opportunities to Vote. We have just 4 days before Election Day. Your Vote is Your Voice.

YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU TO VOTE!

1.Today is the last day of Early Voting in person. For a list of early voting locations visit  early voting search tool.

2. If you are voting by mail and have received your mail ballot, you can drop it off at One of the Following Vote by Mail Drop Boxes:

* Worcester City Hall - City Hall Garage Entrance and 1st Floor Entrance facing the Worcester Common.

* Drop boxes will be available at each Early Voting location during the scheduled voting hours.

* Drop boxes will be available at every Worcester Fire Station.

3.    VOTE IN PERSON ON NOVEMBER 3RD’S ELECTION DAY
Additionally, if you would like to Support our Get Out The Vote Efforts, Please Sign up for our Phone and Text Banks this weekend.

a. Reach and text banking Halloween party on Saturday at 12:00: https://forms.gle/ckwYj8TzvYGMcadf9

b. Spanish-speaking volunteers only! Phone bank to Spanish-speaking voters on Saturday from 1:00-4:00.

Sign up at https://forms.gle/bZMxeEg4BeAsRB6V9.

GOTV phone bank Sunday from 10:00-1:00 and 4:00-7:00, Monday from 1:00-4:00, and Tuesday from 11:00-1:00 and 5:00-7:00 (RSVPs are linked to the times)
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at isabel@worcester-interfaith.org or call us at 781-913-4904

Sincerely, 
Isabel

 
Sutton disput
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office’s announcement1 of wage theft citations totaling $636,796 in penalties and restitution for 23 workers against three construction companies that had contracts to build the Sutton Police Station is a welcome conclusion to a long and painful experience for some of those that worked building it.
The members of Carpenter’s Local 336 would like to praise the hard work of the AG’s staff for closing this chapter and encourage municipalities to pass local wage theft ordinances to help prevent future wage theft occurences such as this.
We need to monitor more closely how our taxpayer dollars are being spent and make certain local municipalites have the ability to protect themselves. The fact that Federal OSHA health and safety inspectors and the Mass. Attorney General’s Office had to step in, first to protect workers’ lives and safety2 and then to protect some of the same workers from exploitation and wage theft on this project should be unacceptable to all of us and move us to action.
What happened in Sutton, happens far too frequently to other municipalities throughout Central Mass. and across the Commonwealth. We must all remain vigilante in addressing worker safety violations and wage theft and municipal leaders need to put in place stronger protections at the local level by implementing strong and firm local wage theft ordinances that help to keep companies that have been caught exploiting workers from just picking up and moving on to the next city or town.
More and more cities are putting local wage theft ordinances in place as preventative measures which will protect workers when a town or city builds a new school, library or firehouse as well as when a private developer comes to town and public tax dollars are used to finance the project through TIFs or tax credits.

Framingham is one community that wants to be pro-active. John Stefanini, a Framingham Councilor, believes now’s the time;
“We should care about how every tax dollar is spent, and we should be angered when our tax dollars end-up going to a fly-by-night contractor that engages in wage theft, robbing hard working men and women, and cheating local companies for the chance to compete. It’s for these reasons that I fully support the taxpayer and worker protections being considered by the Framingham Council.”
The fight against wage theft needs to be a shared effort between municipalities and our elected State Representatives and Senators. The members of Carpenters Local 336 recently endorsed Christine Creane in her Senate campaign because they believe Christine recognizes wage theft’s devastating effects on employees’ lives. Because of her many years as a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 509, Christine stands strong against wage theft;
“Wage theft impacts many different industries, in addition to construction it is prevalent in low-wage food service and retail jobs. I fully support the work of the Carpenters Union and the AFL-CIO to educate municipalities on how they can better protect against wage theft happening in their communities. Local wage theft ordinances are a proposal I’m interested in seeing in every community.”
Organizers for Carpenters Local 336 will continue to visit work sites in Central Mass, as well as Western Mass. and Metro West to document unsafe work conditions, take complaints from workers victimized by wage theft and educate local elected offiicials on the importance of implementing wage theft ordinances to protect workers.
Carpenters Local 336 represents 2,000 members living in towns and cities across our state. Our members participate in a union because they believe it is the best way to protect their economic rights and dreams. So far in 2020, Organizers and staff for Local 336 have made over 1,080 job site visits as our part of protecting workers and holding developers and contractors accountable. Many of these job site visits took place this spring when construction workers were classified as “essential workers” and both union and non-union workers were told they needed to report to work.
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Flag? Check. Mask? Check. Ready to vote? You bet!

By Whitney Johnson, Director of Visual and Immersive Experiences


“America needs to wake up,” Michael McAllister (pictured above) tells us while standing in line at a Brooklyn College polling site on the first day of early voting in New York. Photographer Stephanie Mei-Ling found this pent-up energy when she created his portrait and that of other voters this week in the Empire State.

If there’s one thing that distinguishes this U.S. election, it is how early and insistent citizens have been to practice democracy. In parts of the world, that energy to take part in political power has had to be submerged, reined in by oppression and force. Supporters of both U.S. presidential candidates speak urgently that their nation is under threat, too, beyond that of COVID-19—and that urgency has propelled electoral participation to a level that may be America’s highest in more than a century.

Below, we show a few of the people Stephanie photographed on assignment. Upstate in Rochester, Stephanie caught George McAllister (in red hat and mask, below) on his way to vote: “Black folks didn’t always have the right to vote,” he says. “People have died and marched. Why not use what they suffered for us to have?”

Randi Bragg, pictured below sitting with her mom and sister while waiting to vote in Brooklyn, agrees. “My vote matters because if I don't make that choice, someone is going to make it for me. I’d rather use my vote and make it count.”

Take a look at Stephanie’s images below and her full story with reporter Tucker C. Toole. Just four more days until Election Day!


 
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(Clockwise from top left, George McAllister of Rochester; Alexander Navarro, standing in line at the Madison Square Garden polling station and saying he’s hopeful for change; Ben Hoffman, waiting to vote in upstate Scipio; and Estela Bragg, at center, with her daughters Randi and Leah, in Brooklyn.)

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(Worcester, MA, October 26, 2020) – Worcester resident, Mary W. Kingori, RN, nursing supervisor, is the recipient of AdCare Hospital’s Excellence in Patient Care Award. Ms. Kingori joined AdCare’s nursing team as a CNA in 2001 and went on to become a LPN, RN, nurse manager, and nursing supervisor.

  “Mary shows exceptional compassion for our patients that struggle with substance use disorder, said Kara Levinson, RN, BSN, director of nursing. “She is a true champion of patient care, always considering the patient’s needs first and strongly advocating for the patient.”  
 
 
 
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has been instrumental in setting the standard for customer service and always quick to learn new procedures such as telehealth.” said Mary Cochrane, LICSW, director of AdCare North Dartmouth. “Vanessa is outstanding in her professional demeanor and treats every patient with compassion while providing comprehensive service from the first phone call in the morning to the intake at the end of her day.” 

Experience matters.  For 45 years, AdCare has provided life-changing substance use treatment. In addition to a level-4 hospital in Worcester, MA, AdCare has a residential program in North Kingstown, RI, and provides comprehensive telehealth treatment through its outpatient programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. AdCare … Your Recovery Begins Here.  
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Seeking justice: The struggle to get justice for Breonna Taylor, fatally shot in her apartment by Louisville police, has brought together people nationwide. Several have been profiled by photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, including Jamila (above), who did not want to give her last name. Speaking at a memorial to Taylor after weeks of protest, Jamila said: “Mentally, I’m a little drained, but I am looking to be the change I want to see. Even the small things that I do can affect change.”

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Join Amplify Latinx in celebrating the culmination of Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 -October 15) with a festive gathering honoring our 2020 Amplifiers. As part of the event registration, we will also give attendees the chance to select five Latinx-led non-profit Community Partners to receive a grant in recognition of their response to the most […]. RSVP:  Event Link
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The Worcester Bravehearts have created an After-School Recess program

The Worcester Bravehearts have created an After-School Recess program that will run through mid-December to help promote physical activity, especially with children who are currently doing remote learning from home. Bravehearts After-School Recess takes place 3:00 - 6:00 PM daily at Recess Take 2, located at 216 West Boylston St. in West Boylston and is open to children between the ages of 6 and 12*. Each day of programming is supervised by Worcester Bravehearts staff members with help from employees of Recess Take 2. The program allows children the opportunity to play games and socialize with others in a safe and structured atmosphere. All physical distancing and sanitizing protocols are strictly enforced with guidance from the Board of Health. Enrollment is limited to adhere with the current restrictions regarding the congregation of groups indoors.

Recess Take 2 is a 20,000 square-foot indoor warehouse converted into an activity center with a baseball / kickball field, human foosball, giant Jenga, oversized chess, cornhole, Battleship, and many other games. Children can participate in all of these activities weekly along with new games introduced throughout the course of the program. If you'd like to register your child for a day or week of this after-school program, you can sign up below.
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our vote is incredibly powerful, there wouldn’t be so many people committed to continued voter suppression if that wasn’t the truth. With one month until Election Day, we want to remind you that November 3rd is your LAST day to vote, but it is not the first day.

But it is the last day to register to vote in these states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Before you check Facebook or Twitter, double check your voter registration, be sure that your voter information is accurate, and make a plan to safely cast your vote! If you’ve recently moved, changed your name, or turned 18, this is crucial – it only takes two minutes and your vote can change the course of history.

Our NAACP Civic Engagement Team is working around the clock to register voters in crucial states like these and we need your help to make sure every eligible voter has access to the ballot box over the next 29 days.

We have a massive $250,000 goal for our Election Day Fund. This money will fund digital ads, registration drives, poll protection monitoring, and so much more. But without the necessary resources, we’ll risk having downsizing our programs! Can you chip in $25 today to help keep us on track?


This election continues to be contentious and things are changing every day. In many states early voting has already started and more than 3 MILLION votes have been cast! That’s incredible news, but we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas now.

Everything from healthcare, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights are all on the ballot. We can only make progress on these things with high voter turnout. It’s going to take each and every one of us working together to save our democracy.

This year's election will be a defining moment in our nation's history, and it is crucial that we ensure every eligible Black voter can cast their ballot safely this November.

The NAACP is leading the fight to make sure that happens. But in order for us to be successful in our efforts, it’s crucial that supporters like you have our back.

That’s why we’re counting on you to make a generous donation to our $250,000 Election Day Fund today. Your kind gift will immediately be put to use helping our teams across the country get out the vote. We can’t do this without you!

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Let me begin by saying that a COVID-19 diagnosis is an awful thing that far too many Americans have had to confront—including over 200,000 who have tragically died. I wish the first family and everyone at the White House who has been infected a full and swift recovery. Please, please, please — listen to the advice of medical experts, wear a mask, and follow CDC guidelines.

Last Thursday, House Democrats passed an updated version of the Heroes Act. Almost five months ago, we passed the original Heroes Act, which has been collecting dust on Mitch McConnell's desk ever since. He said it was "too big." That's laughable given the scope and severity of this pandemic. And over the last five months of his inaction, millions of Americans have been laid off, millions more have fallen ill, and tens of thousands have tragically died. Again and again House Democrats have tried to negotiate with McConnell, including our latest offer to cut $1.2 trillion out of our original package.

Our negotiations with the Administration continue, and I am hopeful that we can get this done. However, we still have significant disagreement in some key areas, and I wanted to share an update from House leadership on the state of our negotiations around five policy priorities:
Unemployment Insurance – The GOP number does not measure up to the need that we both recognize, particularly as long-term unemployment rises and families are exhausting their benefits. This is separate from our disagreement over the dollar amount for the enhanced unemployment benefit.
Schools, and State and Local Funding – The September jobs report shows that 280,000 teachers and support staff have lost their jobs in the last month alone, with more than 800,000 fewer teachers and support staff employed compared to this time last year, overwhelmingly because of the coronavirus.  We have no right to salute our heroic frontline health care workers, police, fire, sanitation, transit and teachers if we do not give them the state and local funding needed to prevent them from losing their jobs.
Children – Essential to the well-being of America’s working families is the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. In the original Heroes Act, we allocated to $149 billion, which we have cut to $57 billion in the updated bill.  The Republican proposal had zero.  We are hopeful that the Administration will join us at our level for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit and are awaiting a response.  In terms of child care, we have $57 billion to their $25 billion, and are pushing them to come up to the higher level.
Testing & Tracing – Finally the Administration is coming closer to our number on the funds needed for the testing and tracing that science tells us is necessary to crush the virus. However we have not yet reached agreement on the language, which is critical to ensuring that the Administration uses these funds correctly to stop the spread of the virus.
Appropriations – Many of the priorities in the bill are addressed in the appropriation section, which we have reduced to $144 billion.  The White House is suggesting cutting $44 billion more. We await the changes that they are suggesting.
Let me make one final observation -- I've heard from pundits on the news that Democrats are passing "partisan bills" and that we should just "give in" and let the Republicans have whatever they want to get this done. Let's be clear here.

First, House Democrats have compromised -- again and again. We met Senator McConnell in the middle, and then he moved the goalposts. The American people put their faith in us and gave us a majority in the House to fight for their values, not to rubber stamp McConnell's proposal which, quite frankly, is crumbs compared to the needs of our country right now.

Second, we passed a bill five months ago. Mitch McConnell sat on his hands before finally calculating that the situation had become so critical that he needed to open up discussion. His inaction resulted in untold damage to our country.

Nevertheless, we will continue to negotiate in good faith and I will keep you updated on the status of those negotiations.

Stay healthy and stay hopeful.

Sincerely,
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Let me begin by saying that a COVID-19 diagnosis is an awful thing that far too many Americans have had to confront—including over 200,000 who have tragically died. I wish the first family and everyone at the White House who has been infected a full and swift recovery. Please, please, please — listen to the advice of medical experts, wear a mask, and follow CDC guidelines.

Last Thursday, House Democrats passed an updated version of the Heroes Act. Almost five months ago, we passed the original Heroes Act, which has been collecting dust on Mitch McConnell's desk ever since. He said it was "too big." That's laughable given the scope and severity of this pandemic. And over the last five months of his inaction, millions of Americans have been laid off, millions more have fallen ill, and tens of thousands have tragically died. Again and again House Democrats have tried to negotiate with McConnell, including our latest offer to cut $1.2 trillion out of our original package.

Our negotiations with the Administration continue, and I am hopeful that we can get this done. However, we still have significant disagreement in some key areas, and I wanted to share an update from House leadership on the state of our negotiations around five policy priorities:
Unemployment Insurance – The GOP number does not measure up to the need that we both recognize, particularly as long-term unemployment rises and families are exhausting their benefits. This is separate from our disagreement over the dollar amount for the enhanced unemployment benefit.
Schools, and State and Local Funding – The September jobs report shows that 280,000 teachers and support staff have lost their jobs in the last month alone, with more than 800,000 fewer teachers and support staff employed compared to this time last year, overwhelmingly because of the coronavirus.  We have no right to salute our heroic frontline health care workers, police, fire, sanitation, transit and teachers if we do not give them the state and local funding needed to prevent them from losing their jobs.
Children – Essential to the well-being of America’s working families is the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. In the original Heroes Act, we allocated to $149 billion, which we have cut to $57 billion in the updated bill.  The Republican proposal had zero.  We are hopeful that the Administration will join us at our level for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit and are awaiting a response.  In terms of child care, we have $57 billion to their $25 billion, and are pushing them to come up to the higher level.
Testing & Tracing – Finally the Administration is coming closer to our number on the funds needed for the testing and tracing that science tells us is necessary to crush the virus. However we have not yet reached agreement on the language, which is critical to ensuring that the Administration uses these funds correctly to stop the spread of the virus.
Appropriations – Many of the priorities in the bill are addressed in the appropriation section, which we have reduced to $144 billion.  The White House is suggesting cutting $44 billion more. We await the changes that they are suggesting.
Let me make one final observation -- I've heard from pundits on the news that Democrats are passing "partisan bills" and that we should just "give in" and let the Republicans have whatever they want to get this done. Let's be clear here.

First, House Democrats have compromised -- again and again. We met Senator McConnell in the middle, and then he moved the goalposts. The American people put their faith in us and gave us a majority in the House to fight for their values, not to rubber stamp McConnell's proposal which, quite frankly, is crumbs compared to the needs of our country right now.

Second, we passed a bill five months ago. Mitch McConnell sat on his hands before finally calculating that the situation had become so critical that he needed to open up discussion. His inaction resulted in untold damage to our country.

Nevertheless, we will continue to negotiate in good faith and I will keep you updated on the status of those negotiations.

Stay healthy and stay hopeful.

Sincerely,
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Dear Friends,
We are approaching a dangerous housing and public health crisis.

Governor Baker has decided to END the Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium on October 17.

This will enable the 10,000 eviction cases frozen by the April Moratorium to go forward in Court and many thousands of other cases owners will file against tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to unemployment during the pandemic. Unfortunately, many tenants decide to move when they get an Eviction Notice or the Summons to Court because they don't understand their rights, can't afford a lawyer, or are afraid of the courts.

***The last thing we need during a pandemic public health crisis and colder months is thousands of people doubling up with others or going to shelters or the streets.

How you can help prevent this:

Community, housing, union groups are supporting and campaigning to get the Legislature to pass House 5018 (formerly H 4878) and Senate 2831, An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability During the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery

It would extend eviction and foreclosure protections for tenants for a year, extend forbearance to homeowners and small landlords owning 15 or less units.....see the attachment for all the provisions of the bill and other back up material on the case for the bill.

**1. Please call your state representative and state senator and ask them to speak to Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring this legislation to a vote now.

**2. Please call and email others in your organization about them making such a call.

**3. AND IF you know anyone or your group has members in these communities, see below, have them call to one of these "Big 5" legislative leaders:

 a. Revere and Winthrop residents for House Speaker Robert DeLeo

b. North End, West End, Chinatown, Northern South End residents for House Ways and Means Chair, Representative Aaron Michlewitz

    c.  Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick, precincts 1 to 5, inclusive, and 8, in the county of Middlesex; and the towns of Franklin, precincts 5, 6, and 8, and Medway residents for Senate President Karen Spilka

   d. Fall River and the towns of Freetown, Somerset, Swansea and Westport in the county of Bristol; and the towns of Lakeville and Rochester residents for Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues

    e. Quincy, Holbrook, Weymouth residents for House Majority Leader Rep. Ron Mariano

We are also asking the Governor to commit several hundred million to assistance for tenants and homeowners to help pay the rents and mortgages out of $818 Million in federal CARES Act funds they have not spent yet.

SAMPLE LETTER or EMail TO LEGISLATORS & PHONE CALLS TO LEGISLATORS

Dear Representative/Senator_____,

We need your help to pass House 5018 (formerly H 4878) and Senate 2831, An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability During the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery.

Governor Baker is ending the Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium on October 17.

So we need the Legislature to pass this bill to extend protections for tenants, homeowners, and small landlords. It would extend eviction and foreclosure protections for tenants and homeowners for a year if they’ve lost income because of COVID-19,  extend forbearance to homeowners and small landlords owning 15 or less units.

If this bill is not passed, the 10,000 eviction cases put on hold by the Moratorium in April will proceed along with many thousands more against tenants who haven't been able to pay all the rent due during this time of high unemployment. During the public health emergency of COVID-19 pandemic and with approaching cold weather, we don't need people being evicted and then doubling up with others or going to shelters or the streets.

**We need you to as soon as possible speak to Speaker Robert DeLeo or Senate President Karen Spilka about scheduling this bill for a vote very soon.

Please call or email Devra at (215) 764-9895   Devra@worcester-interfaith.org

Other groups from the Homes for MA Coalition and allies are also working on this campaign along with supportive legislators.

 Thanks for considering this.
Sincerely,
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ADCARE PROVIDES VIRTUAL HEALTHY PARENTING IN RECOVERY GROUPS

(October 1, 2020) -- At a time when many families are experiencing adversity amidst colliding COVID-19 and opioid epidemics, AdCare is providing virtual Healthy Parenting Groups to help parents in recovery from substance use improve their parenting skills and relationships.

Substance use often impacts one’s ability to parent effectively.  This is due to factors such as impairment caused by alcohol and drugs, difficulties controlling anger, and the amount of time spent away from children while seeking and using substances.

AdCare’s parenting groups help parents recognize the negative effects of substance use on parenting, gain valuable parenting skills, and learn how to make healthy parenting choices.  The group setting also helps foster therapeutic connection among parents in recovery that share similar physiological, emotional, mental health and spiritual needs.

For an assessment and to enroll in a healthy parenting group, call the AdCare Outpatient Program nearest you.
Healthy Parenting Groups are offered at AdCare:
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Worcester 508-453-3053
Warwick, RI 401-732-1500.


Experience matters.  For 45 years, AdCare has provided individuals and families with life-changing substance use treatment. In addition to a level-4 hospital in Worcester, MA, AdCare has a residential program in North Kingstown, RI, and outpatient programs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island that also provide virtual treatment.  AdCare … Your Recovery Begins Here.
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Friend,

As the coronavirus pandemic and continued systemic racism plague the Black community, our very lives are on the ballot in this year’s election. It is not enough for any one of us to simply vote, however. In this time of crisis, each of us is obligated to make sure that all people in our communities vote. We’re asking you to commit right now to volunteer in the fall to encourage less-engaged Black voters to vote.

In the weeks before Election Day on November 3rd, the NAACP will mobilize leaders in communities across the country to make sure that Black voters do not sit out this election. We’re asking voters like you to call and text Black voters who vote less frequently and encourage them to exercise their power at the ballot box. Research shows that nothing mobilizes our vote more than Black voters encouraging and reminding other Black voters to vote, and we need your help to make sure our voices are heard.

Our mobilization program will provide you with resources and a list of the names and phone numbers of up to 20 infrequent Black voters for you to contact. The common history and current challenges of our community bring us together and infuse broad trust in the conversations among us, whether we are friends or strangers, and no matter the distance of our relationships or where we live in the country.

We’ve done the homework and worked with data scientists this year to analyze where our communities need your help and where Black votes will have the greatest impact on election outcomes. We have identified a dozen states where your commitment to volunteer can change the course of history and save the lives of friends and family and the people in our communities all across the country.

Can we count on you to help mobilize our vote in this year’s election? Will you join us by calling and texting voters in the states where our communities and our country need your commitment?

Please visit www.naacp.org/volunteer now to sign up!

For more information about this program, you can visit www.naacp.org/volunteeror call us at 1-888-984-2510 (Mon-Fri).

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