See below for resources on economic justice, criminal justice reform, and immigration policy.
Economic Justice Resources
Fight for $15 and Paid Family Leave
ECCO is working with Raise Up MA to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and pass Paid Family Leave, so that all MA workers have the option to take time off when they or a family member needs care. In order to pass this legislation, we are working to gather enough signatures to get these measures on the 2018 ballot. See below for more information on our campaign and how you can get involved!
- Campaign Fact Sheet on Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave
- Mini-Guide: How to Run a Signature Gathering Drive in Your Congregation
- Congregational Planning Worksheet
- Signature gathering script
- Signature Gathering Do’s and Don’ts
- Frequently asked questions
- Soliciting Form that shows businesses that we are allowed to gather signatures.
Other Economic Justice Resources
- RaiseUp MA – The Coalition with whom we worked to pass minimum wage and earned sick time, with whom we are now working to raise the minimum wage again and pass Paid Family Leave. Has lots of good resources.
Info on the Fair Share Amendment, the Millionaires tax we are working to pass on the 2018 ballot.
Criminal Justice Reform Resources
Criminal Justice Reform in MA
- ECCO/MCAN Statement on Criminal Justice Reform
- Contains explanations of our six statewide policy priorities and information on how you can take action NOW.
- Mass Inc on Criminal Justice Reform
- A leading research organization. Contains many useful reports on criminal justice and the need for reform in MA.
- Jobs Not Jails Coalition Website
- ECCO and MCAN are working for criminal justice reform alongside the Jobs Not Jails Coalition, which includes faith, labor, and community groups, including those representing current and former prisoners. Their website contains useful information about the history and background of our campaign.
- ECCO’s Powerpoint on Statewide Reform Strategies. This presentation, especially in slides 5-20, explores non-violent direct action as a tactic to shift public narrative.
- ECCO’s Powerpoint on the Need for Bail Reform on the County and State Level
- ECCO’s Powerpoint on Options for Police Reform in Lynn
Background on Mass Incarceration
- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, the pivotal book that galvanized the fight against mass incarceration. To ingest Alexander’s ideas in shorter form, click here for a Jewish discussion guide that includes multiple excerpts from the book, click here for Alexander’s Ted Talk, and click here for an interview with her on PBS.
- 13th, a powerful documentary by award-winning director Ava DuVernay. Available on Netflix.
Immigration Policy Resources
Recommended Books / Reports
Chomsky, Aviva. 2014. How Immigration Became Illegal. Boston: Beacon Press.
Chomsky, Aviva. 2007. They Take Our Jobs and 20 Other Myths about Immigration. Boston: Beacon Press.
Fernandes, Deepa. 2007. Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration. New York: Seven Stories Press.
Golash-Boza, Tanya Maria, 2015. Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism. New York University Press.
Gonzales, Roberto. 2015. Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America. University of California Press.
Kanstroom, Daniel. 2007. Deportation Nation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Macías-Rojas, Patrisia. 2016. From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America. New York University Press.
A New Path Toward Humane Immigration Policy. American Friends Service Committee, 2013. www.afsc.org/resource/new-path
Immigrant Rights & Organizing
Cosecha – http://www.lahuelga.com
Detention Watch Network – www.detentionwatchnetwork.org
National Day Laborer Organizing Network – http://ndlon.org/en
National Network for Immigrant Rights – www.nnirr.org
American Immigration Lawyers Association – www.aila.org
Immigrant Legal Resource Center – https://www.ilrc.org
National Immigration Law Center – www.nilc.org
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild – www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Migration Policy Institute – www.migrationpolicy.org
Pew Research Center – www.pewresearch.org/topics/immigration