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Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

GBIO Housing Justice Action

Sunday, March 3, 3:00 –  4:30 p.m.
Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC)
100 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury

The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization will convene ALL of GBIO at ISBCC in Boston for an all-out housing justice assembly! We will directly ask our local legislative leaders to support our legislative and budget asks. GBIO stands to win billions of dollars for public housing, increased access to housing for people leaving incarceration, and the construction of new homes.

Every one of us has a role to play by showing up and bringing our neighbors! First Church is committed to bringing 70+ members, which includes YOU! Stay after worship for a light lunch before heading to the action together, by T and other means.

Register with this link!

MORE PEOPLE, MORE POWER!


GBIO Update: Bond Bill & In-District Meetings

Good news in GBIO’s Housing Justice Campaign! On October 18, 2023, Governor Healey introduced a bond bill with $1.6 billion dollars of reinvestment in our deteriorating public housing, as well as legislation enabling municipal transfer fees to fund more affordable housing. It’s a good bill! Back in June, nearly 50 First Church folks turned out at a big action at Temple Israel—had we and other institutions not shown up in such a powerful way, this bill wouldn’t be as strong. So, congratulations!

This bill’s passage is by no means a sure thing, however, so now our focus shifts to our state legislators. Members of dozens of different GBIO institutions (including ours) are organizing In-District Meetings between state reps and senators and their districts’ voters.

There will be over a dozen IDMs over the coming weeks and months. Some that are coming up:

Central Square/East Cambridge/East Somerville/Charlestown/Everett/Chelsea

Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (arrive between 6:30-6:45)
St. Paul’s AME Church, Cambridge
IDM with Sen. Sal DiDomenico and Reps. Dan Ryan and Mike Connolly (invited)
Register here.

Brookline/Newton/Wellesley

Monday, January 29, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (arrive between 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.)
Union Church in Waban
IDM with Sen. Cynthia Creem and Reps. Kay Khan, Ruth Balser, and Alice Peisch
Register here.

South End/South Boston/Dorchester

Thursday, January 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (arrive between 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.)
First Baptist Church, Dorchester
IDM with Sen. Nick Collins and Rep. Brandy Fluker-Oakley
Register here. 

Winchester, Medford, Somerville or Cambridge

(North of Garden St, and above Harvard Square)
Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (arrive between 6:30-6:45)
Reservoir Church, 170 Rindge Ave, Cambridge
IDM with Senator Patricia Jehlen and Reps. Christine Barber (confirmed), Marjorie Decker (invited), and Erika Uyterhoeven (invited). Register here.

Brighton, Watertown, Belmont or Cambridge

(South of Garden St. and above Harvard Square, West Cambridge)
Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (arrive between 6:30-6:45)
Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA
IDM with Senator William Brownsberger (#3 in the Senate!) and Reps. Kevin Honan, Mike Moran, John Lawn and Steve Owens. Register here.

Don’t see your neighborhood listed?

Check out https://www.gbio.org/idms.html


GBIO gathers 1,400 people for housing justice!

It was an inspiring evening at Temple Israel on Monday, June 26, 2023, as we heard moving stories from GBIO members and encouraged leaders to bring their power and influence to the fight for housing justice in Massachusetts.

Read the Boston Globe’s June 27, 2023 editorial on one of GBIO’s key housing justice issues:
Communities beg for a new tool in the housing toolbox.


GBIO’s Housing Justice campaign

First Church and the 60 other member organizations of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization are calling on elected officials to remember public housing in the state budget!

Learn more by following the links below:

GBIO Housing Justice Campaign Asks and Overview
Resource found at gbio.org

Massachusetts’ public housing is deteriorating. The cost to fix it could be billions. 
The Boston Globe – May 17, 2023

First Church and GBIO Head to the State House for Housing Justice
First Church Latest News – March 20, 2023


​Every GBIO campaign begins with listening. With GBIO, we listen to our own stories and those our neighbors.  Together, we identify the issues that affect our lives, our families, our communities, then choose issues we all can support. Together, we research specific, immediate and winnable solutions and we analyze the power levers we need to pull in order to make effective and lasting change happen.   Together, we act strategically, holding government and corporate power players accountable for the common good.

Participating in GBIO can mean many things. With others at First Church,  you could…

  • Show-up for a large-scale GBIO Action where as many 2000 of our interfaith members gather together in prayer and song and bring a common voice that speaks power to power!  GBIO Actions often include local and statewide politicians like the Governor, Attorney General or House Speaker  The “power of organized people” can often bend their ear and sometimes their budgets and policies in ways that respond to and advance GBIO’s campaigns. First Church regularly turns out 50 or more of our members for these actions!
  • Join a GBIO research or campaign team related to specific issues like police accountability, criminal justice reform or healthcare access and affordability.
  • Call politicians and send letters and emails to support GBIO’s campaigns.
  • Join First Church’s GBIO core team meetings to discuss how to connect GBIO’s work with our congregation, and with our stories.

 

Read more about GBIO’s active campaigns here.