RAISE UP MASSACHUSETTS
We believe that all people should be treated with dignity. Unfortunately, this is not the case for millions of Massachusetts workers who toil hard every day and yet do not earn enough to care for themselves and their families. The recent economic downturn has only made this situation worse. Two out of three jobs lost during the recession were good-paying middle-income jobs, while two out of three jobs gained since the end of the recession pay low wages. In many of our cities and town, more than one-quarter of the jobs available pay the minimum wage or just above. Many of you have heard the difficulties faced by people in these times and have seen its impact.
Our faith calls us to act to alleviate the pain of our people and heal our communities. That’s why many in the faith community have taken up a prophetic call to return some dignity to our people. Congregational members of MA Communities Action Network and MA Faith Voices – a network of faith-based organizations working for economic justice – are working to “Raise Up Massachusetts” and set an example for the nation of how we should treat “the least of these” by making the state minimum wage the strongest in the country and by giving full-time employees access to earned sick time.
Signature collection for ballot initiatives on these key issues will be open May 9 – June 15. HELP COLLECT THE 60,000 SIGNATURES NEEDED TO GET THIS ON THE BALLOT. Initiative petitions will be available June 8 and June 15.
If you are interested in being a part of this critical work, please contact Rev. Sarah.