WHO WE ARE:
Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) is a network of faith-based community organizations in MA working for economic and racial justice. We are inspired by our faith traditions’ deep and enduring call to justice.
Our network was started as a community organizing training center called OLTC in 1985 and has evolved into a powerful movement of faith leaders throughout MA acting prophetically on collective campaigns. Within MCAN there are local organizations in Boston, Brockton, Lynn/North Shore, New Bedford & Fall River, Springfield and Worcester. MCAN is an affiliate of the PICO National Network.
HOW WE WORK:
We know the best organizing happens when those who are the most affected by the issues we work on are at the center of our work, so we actively ensure that the leaders who are guiding our work are representative of the cities and issues we organize. Everyday people from various religious, racial and economic backgrounds lead our organizing efforts.
Our organizing approach includes story telling, relationship building, and training to develop our leaders. We also often bring together large numbers of people in action meetings to gain commitments from community and political leaders. We also engage in a wide array of creative actions aimed at shifting the public opinion around racial and economic issues.
WHAT WE DO:
MCAN works with local volunteer leaders from our member congregations or community institutions to decide on campaign priorities through shared decision-making, with an emphasis on allowing our leaders to guide our work. Currently, our campaigns include:
— Ending mass incarceration and confronting racial injustice
- Working in the Jobs Not Jails Coalition on passing the Justice Reinvestment Act bill
- Local organizing around police accountability, especially in Lynn
- Immigration reform around detention & incarceration through DAPA/DACA clinics and organizing around the Safe Driving Bill
- High school disciplinary policy in Brockton
— Creating an equitable economy
- Collecting signatures for the Fair Share Amendment Campaign
- Youth Jobs organizing including an annual rally and creative movement building around young people of color
- Supporting the other Raise Up Massachusetts priorities – Fight For $15 and Paid Family Leave