immigrant rights

Coalition: Safe Communities Coalition

The bill was drafted with the support and input of some 50 Safe Communities Coalition members. It’s far more succinct but at least as strong the 2017 version, with better due-process protections and new language on training, implementation and accountability.

SD.926 /HD.1520 An Act to Protect the Civil Rights and Safety of All Massachusetts Residents.   

Senate Sponsor: Jamie Eldridge

House Co-Sponsors: Liza Miranda and Ruth Balser

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SD.1143/HD.1719 Work & Family Mobility Act An act to provide drivers licenses to immigrant and refugee populations throughout the state.

Senate Sponsor: Brendan Crighton

House Sponsors: Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Christine Barber


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CLimate Action & Justice

Coalition: Mass Power Forward

The Outcomes we Prioritize:

Environmental Justice - Include communities impacted by climate change and fossil fuel pollution as participants in crafting new, equitable policy

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100% Renewables - Set an ambitious goal to equitably reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heating and transportation by 2045

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Green Infrastructure Investment - Use mechanisms such as equitable carbon pricing or the transportation climate initiative to invest today to create the future we want

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Our Priority Legislation

Which are related to these outcomes

1) SD.1885/HD.3878 and SD.1824/HD.3523 - An Act relative to Environmental Justice - Sen. DiDomenico /  Rep. Madaro and Sen. Eldridge/ Rep. Dubois & Rep. Miranda   

2) SD.1625/HD.3092 An Act Re-powering Massachusetts with 100% Renewable Energy - Sen. Eldridge / Rep. Decker & Rep. Garbally

3) HD.2370 An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions - Rep. Benson

     SD.1541/HD 3009 An Act to Advance Modern and Sustainable Solutions for Transportation - Sen. Lesser / Rep. Ehrlich 

(The two bills listed as priority three are complimentary to one another)

Click here to see a video overview of our priority created by our partners at 350MA for a Better Future

In Addition to these top three priorities, The Mass Power Forward Coalition is endorsing additional these bills which we believe will will help us reach our vision. This is not an exhaustive list - these were chosen because they address the problems we face in an equitable way. You can find the complete list HERE


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economic justice

Coalition: Raise Up Mass

The Fair Share Amendment: The Supreme Judicial Court’s narrow ruling last May means we cannot dedicate revenue to transportation and public education in a citizen’s constitutional amendment – but we can in a legislative amendment. The Fair Share Amendment (dedicating revenue to transportation & Education) has be filed as a piece of legislation this session. 

SD. 1709  Senate Sponsor Jason Lewis

HD. 3300  House Sponsor James O’Day

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In addtion to the Raise Up Mass Priority, UU Mass Action is has also prioritized the following worker rights bills. We are working in coalition with Worker Centers and Labor Unions on this effort:

SD.1464 An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement.  Senate Sponsor: Sal DiDomenico

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HD.1409  An Act updating overtime protections to protect the Commonwealth's middle class workers House Sponsor: Dan Donahue

SD.1182 / HD.2947 An Act protecting Injured Workers.  

Sponsor: Jamie Eldridge  House Sponsor: Tram Nguyen

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End Mass Incarceration

Coalition: MASC

Last session, the Comprehensive Criminal Law Reform bill included significant reform; however, LGBTQ data was excluded under the data collection section.  The MASC coalition, in collaboration with LGBTQ survivors of solitary confinement, have filed this bill:

SD.2094 /HD.1126 An Act to collect data on LGBTQI prisoners held in restrictive housing 

Senate Sponsor: Julian Cyr    

House Sponsor: Rep. Ruth Balser

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UU Mass Action is also engaged with efforts to ensure that the criminal law reforms that was passed last session are implemented. We are continuing to engage with the #DADifference Campaign, and support the Court Watch MA Project, as well.

Additional Criminal Justice Reform legislation that will have a positive impact