On October 29th, MCAN hosted our 30th Anniversary Celebration, and enjoyed an evening gathering with grassroots leaders, donors, elected officials, business leaders, and allies including unions and community organizations. You can see more pictures from the event on our Facebook page.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Secretary Jay Ash, Governor Baker’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, both gave heart-felt remarks and commended our work over the years. They recognized our history of accomplishments – from helping to raise the minimum wage and pass earned sick time, to increasing youth jobs and violence prevention, to our support for construction job programs and vocational school access. All of this work over the last 30 years would not have been possible without the support from friends, allies, thinking partners, and donors, and we are deeply grateful to all of them.
Another highlight came from a testimony by Keturah Brewster, a MCAN youth organizer with our affiliate, the Youth Jobs Coalition. She told this story: “The first time I chaired an action with thousands of youth to build support for youth jobs, I was so anxious. As I walked toward the podium to begin that day’s agenda, I came to a sudden realization that I was standing as a symbol of community. That day I ignited thousands of young people to strive for positive change in their lives. But that was just the beginning. Later, I became one of the biggest faces behind increasing minimum wage. For the first time, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others across the State heard my story. These experiences increased my confidence. For the first time in my life, I felt like a valued organizer. Young people believed in me to stand behind truth and faith.”
Thank you again to the many who have worked with us and supported us over the years, and we look forward to what we have yet to achieve together.