ECCO receives $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation!

June 1, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that ECCO has been granted $100K from the Cummings Foundation to support our immigrant advocacy and deportation defense work. Thank you to everyone who has joined our solidarity efforts and earned ECCO this honor, which will allow us to be even more effective at standing with immigrant families!

Stop Sen. Warren and Markey from voting to give ICE $25 Billion More, Again! CALL TODAY!

March 14, 2018

Last week I spent many hours at the hospital visiting Maria, a woman many of us met at ECCO’s March Community Meeting.  After a long labor, Maria gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I have three daughters of my own and I know that the birth of a child should be a glorious moment for a new mother.  But Maria is scared…

Join the Lynn Wage Theft Ordinance Hearing on Tuesday at 7:15pm!

March 8, 2018

As an ECCO board member, I am blessed also to be involved with one of ECCO’s key allies, the North Shore Labor Council (NSLC).  I am writing to invite you to an important Lynn City Council Hearing on Tuesday Night on the Lynn Wage Theft Ordinance…

Happy Purim / Community Meeting Thursday 3/1 on Creative Direct Action!

February 23, 2018

The Purim Story: Esther Saves the Jews Through Creative Direct Action!

In the Jewish calendar, this coming Wednesday begins the holiday of Purim. In the Purim story, a young Jewish woman named Esther becomes queen to King Ahashverosh…

ECCO Call-In Campaign, Update on U.S. Senate Bill that is Nightmare for Dreamers and Immigrant Families

February 15, 2018

The Immigration Security and Opportunity Act that is being voted on RIGHT NOW in the U.S. Senate is an abomination to those of us who believe in the inherent dignity of EVERY human being. This bill would give $25 billion to ICE to militarize not just the border but every community in our nation…

Refusing to Be Silent: An ECCO Minister’s Reflection on Our Work to Free Fabiano de Oliveira from ICE Detention.

February 11, 2018

Fabiano de Oliveira, a Brazilian man detained by immigration officials, was allowed to come home. Karah de Oliveira, his wife, found out around 2:30 p.m. Friday that he was being released, when her husband called from the Plymouth County Correctional Facility…

Call Your Legislators TODAY to Save the Life of ICE Detainee Cecilia Larias!

February 8, 2018

I am writing to urge you to call Senators Warren and Markey and Congressman Seth Moulton to intervene in the case of my congregant Cecilia Larias, who now who is now being held in the South Bay Detention Center and whose life is in serious danger…

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY! Protect Immigrants, Support the Safe Communities Act

January 31, 2018

Can you take 3 minutes to protect immigrants?

We need you to call your legislators TODAY to get the Safe Communities Act Bill out of committee!

The deadline to the Safe Community Act Bill is next week so we need your help to give a final push to get the bill out of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to the next phase by calling TODAY Wednesday, January 31st…

Building Racial Justice Within ECCO

January 25, 2018

I am so grateful to have been part of ECCO’s efforts for racial justice over the past four years.  While there is SO much more to do, together, we have improved police relations, made our communities safer for immigrant families, and are on the cusp of passing major statewide criminal justice reform…

Not Too Late to Support ECCO

December 14, 2017

In this perilous moment, when our democracy is being dismantled, when our elected officials champion policies that exclude and exploit the poor, when racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-semitism are on the rise, what does prophetic leadership look like?…

You Helped Make Criminal Justice Reform History

November 16, 2017

Thank you so much for your efforts this past week and over the past three years.  The House passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill 144-9 on Tuesday night.  This legislation, which was unimaginable five years ago, will improve the lives of tens of thousands of people, and is stronger because of YOUR work…

Victory! We Won Sanctuary in Salem…Again!

November 13, 2017

We did it!  On Tuesday, the people of Salem voted to keep Salem’s Sanctuary for Peace ordinance making it clear that Salem welcomes immigrants regardless of status.  And, we sent a message statewide that voters WILL stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters and with sanctuary city policies…

Urgent Action Needed on Criminal Justice Reform

November 8, 2017

After three years of work, we are at the cusp of passing landmark criminal justice reform.  Yesterday, the State House came out with its criminal justice proposal, and we have just gotten all the details today.  Thank God, the bill is much stronger than we feared, though still not nearly as comprehensive as the Senate version…

Election Day Signature Gathering on Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave

November 3, 2017

reetings!  I am ECCO’s new communications intern, and I am looking forward to getting to know you.  I am writing to invite you to join our efforts on Election Day to gather signatures to get proposals for a $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave on the 2018 ballot.  These proposals will improve the lives of over 1 million MA workers…

Victory: Lynn Police Pledge to Partner with ECCO

October 23, 2017

Congratulations to everyone in ECCO for making our meeting with the Lynn Police last Thursday a resounding success!
With Cherish and Rabbi Margie’s inspiring guidance, ECCO leaders identified our priority issues, planned the agenda, and ran the meeting ourselves…

The Signature Sabbath Packet Has Arrived!

October 18, 2018

With partner groups around MA, we are hard at work collecting the 129,500 signatures needed to put a $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave on the 2018 ballot.  We need your help to reach our goal and change the lives of over 1 million MA workers!…

From Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

October 9, 2017

From Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

Heritage isn’t only about history.  It is about how we remember it.  Today, our country marks the day Columbus discovered the New World.  For some, this day signifies progress and the promise of a better future.  Yet, for Native Americans, other indigenous peoples, and their allies, it marks the beginning of colonial brutality, slavery, rape, and even genocide.  So today, ECCO invites you to commemorate Indigenous People’s Day….

Join Us in the Final Push for Criminal Justice Reform

September 21, 2017

Happy Jewish New Year to our Jewish brothers and sisters! After three years of organizing around criminal justice reform,
thank God, the fruits of our labors are finally being rewarded.  Because we organized together, our legislators have
made criminal justice reform a priority for this fall.  Yet, we know that reform will only pass if we keep…

Shanah Tovah, Wishing You A Happy Jewish New Year

September 20, 2017

In the Jewish calendar, this is a season of repentance and renewal. In these troubled times, we insist that we and the world
are capable of change, that the wrongs of our past must not define our future…

Signature Gathering Starts Tomorrow

September 11, 2017

This Fall, ECCO is embarking on a signature gathering campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and to pass Paid Family Leave.  If we can get these measures on the ballot for 2018 and pass them, over 900,000 low-wage workers will be more able to provide for their families, and all kinds of workers can take much-needed time off for the birth of a child or for a serious illness for themselves or a close relative…

Trump Ends DACA for Immigrant Youth

September 5, 2017

Today President Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and thus has left over 800,000 immigrant youth
vulnerable to separation from their families and deportation. This action on the part of the Trump Administration is
immoral, an attack on the humanity of youth and the sacred unity…

Join To Fight for My Family and Other Low Wage Workers

September 5, 2017

Buenos dias!  I hope you are well! This Fall, ECCO will be working on an issue close to my heart: raising the minimum wage
to $15/hour.  Together, following our successful model from 2014 when we collected 23,516 signatures of registerd voters,
we are working to collect enough signatures…

A Moment of Danger and Opportunity

August 24, 2017

Thank you to all who supported ECCO financially by joining us on our Annual Boat Cruise this past Sunday; it was lots of
fun!! A special thank you goes to 7 Seas Whale Watch for the generous donation of their ship! …

Thank You For Making Our March for Racial Justice a Success

June 21, 2017

Thank you so much for helping to make yesterday’s march and rally for racial justice such a success!   People of every color
and creed marched from Zion Baptist Lynn to First Church Swampscott, insisting that even though communities like Lynn
and Swampscott can feel worlds apart, we are both geographically and morally interconnected.  Through powerful testimony,
preaching, and…

Join us to March for Racial Justice on the Anniversary of the End of Slavery

June 15, 2017

On June 19th, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that enslaved Blacks were
now free.  Commemorating this moment, former slaves and their descendents created “Juneteenth,” the oldest known national
holiday marking the end of Black slavery in the U.S.  We still celebrate it to…

Stand with Your Immigrant Brothers and Sisters This Week

June 8, 2017

Last month, a New Jersey grandfather named Catalino Guerrero faced a deportation hearing with ICE.  Catalino and his family
were almost certain he would be torn away from them and deported.  But when our sister group, Faith in New Jersey organized
100 clergy to accompany him to his hearing with ICE, Catalino was sent home to live free in the…

Support the Victims / Immigrant Action on May Day

April 21, 2017

Last night, over 150 ECCO community members gathered to mourn the passing of Lenny Clement and pray for Prince Belin, who
were tragically shot while walking home on Sunday.  Together, we affirmed that in our Beloved Community,
no one must stand alone…

Tragic Shooting of Two ECCO Leaders

April 18, 2017

Our hearts are heavy, as we share this tragic news with you. Two Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) leaders were
shot while walking home from Easter services. One man by the name of Leonardo (Lenny) Clement has passed away from injuries
sustained during the shooting, while the other Prince Belin is currently hospitalized…


What I Learned from Pope Francis

March 1, 2017

I recently returned from the World Meeting of Popular Movements in CA. There, I heard Pope Francis speak about his admiration
for PICO and its affiliates like ECCO. He said that we must be good neighbors, and come together to help anyone in need
by finding opportunities to respond with compassion to those suffering most from…

Beloved Community Strategy, Phase Two

February 7, 2017

On January 5th, nearly 100 ECCO members came together to ask questions about our strategy for enacting real, substantial
criminal justice reform in Massachusetts. We asked hundreds of questions to discern what the most pressing issues and
targeted strategies are. Here…

Call Today for Muslim and Immigrant Rights!

January 30, 2017

This weekend, the President’s politics of hate and fear that have swept our country took yet
another toll.  But we resisted.

Thousands of protesters flooded Logan airport on Saturday, and Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday, to say that we will
not stand by passively while people’s lives and livelihoods are being…

Immigrant Families Need You Now More Than Ever

November 11, 2017

Last night we filled St. Stephen’s Church in Lynn to listen to each others’ anger, sorrow, despair and fear. We shared thoughts
on the election and on how we will respond to the aggression against our communities.
Click here for news coverage of our gathering…

A Call to Community and Action

November 9, 2016

Our faith traditions exhort us to love one another and to love our planet. To us this means bearing witness to the pain and
despair among the vast majority of voters in our country.  It is not about blaming people for their political choices.
Throughout the election cycle we…

Take Action to End Mass Incarceration

November 7, 2016

I just returned from Standing Rock in North Dakota. There I joined over 550 clergy from across the U.S. representing over
20 faith traditions to pray in solidarity with the Lakota Dakota people as they stand up to protect the water source
for 14
th states as well as their sacred burial…

ECCO to Host Implicit Bias Training for Lynn Police Department

June 26, 2016

I am thrilled to share a holy and historic opportunity for ECCO and the Lynn police. In April, ECCO leaders met with the
Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger and 10 Lynn police officers in order to promote understanding and trust between Lynn
police and our Black and Latino sisters and brothers…


Voter Engagement Plan for the Home Stretch

October 20, 2016

In the Jewish community, we just concluded the High Holy Days, where Jews recommitted ourselves to the possibility of positive
change and transformation.  In our civic life, Americans are entering the homestretch of our election season, where we
as a nation reaffirm the possibility of positive change and…

Sheriff’s Forum a Success, All Candidates Commit to Our Agenda

October 12, 2016

Over the past several months, I have been blessed to get more involved in ECCO, and to witness the power that we have here
in Essex County when people of faith from all backgrounds work together.  Last week was no…

Facing the Killings of Young Black Men, ECCO Sherriff’s Forum

September 28, 2016

Over the past two weeks, we have witnessed the senseless killings of 13 year-old Tyre King from Columbus OH, 40 year-old
Terence Crutcher from Tulsa OK, 43 year-old Keith Lamont Scott from Charlotte NC, and Alfred Olango in El Cajon, CA,
all at the hands of police.  We lament the…

ECCO Vigil and Implicit Bias Training: Responding to the Police Shootings of Black men in MN and LA

July 8, 2016

This week, we have witnessed
two more senseless deaths of young Black men killed extrajudicially at the hands of police — Philando Castile in
St. Paul, MN and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA. Immediately following news of the killings, I received calls, texts
and voice…

Recap and Resources from Our Team Building Training

May 19, 2016

In the Jewish calendar, we are in the process of counting the Omer, the span of 50 days from Passover to Shavuot/Pentecost.
Each week is connected with one of the
sphirot, the ten aspects of God according…

The Problem With Working on Racial Justice

March 22, 2016

Since returning from maternity leave, I have met with dozens of leaders.  Together, we have been grappling with the question
of how we can confront racial injustice in our communities given all we are up against.  In this…

Action Alert: Call Your Legislators on the Jobs Not Jails Bill

February 11, 2016 

As you may have heard, ECCO has been working with the Jobs Not Jails Coalition to pass legislation to tackle mass incarceration
here in MA.  One of the most important actions we can take to prevent ex-prisoners from returning to crime is ensure
that they have…

Victory for Earned Sick Time for One Million Workers!

November 5, 2014

Last night, we won earned sick time as voters overwhelmingly approved Question 4! Because of your work over the last year
and half, one million people in Massachusetts will no longer have to choose between caring for themselves or a loved
one and losing…

You Made History!  Minimum Wage Passes!

June 27, 2014

Yesterday, you made history!  Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation to increase the state minimum wage from
$8 to $11, raising wages for
600,000 Massachusetts residents.  In 1912, Massachusetts became the first state to enact a minimum wage. Now,
one hundred and two years later, Massachusetts again has become the national leader with the
highest state minimum wage in the