“UMN is about building power, not currying favor.
UMN is about changing systems and policies that hurt the poor and the powerless.
In their thirst for justice, UMN afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted.”
– Rev. Canon Ed Rodman, Professor of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge
UMN trains people of color to address the problems in their neighborhoods, in their regions, and in their country, and to work successfully for change. Our efforts are designed to strengthen democracy and to rebuild communities of color which continue to be pummeled by the pernicious effects of racism and resulting lack of economic, social and educational opportunity. Our goal is to create a unifying force to deal with the threats to our civil liberties and the discriminatory practices that limit our access to political, economic and social power.
From the classroom to the office, from the bank to the voting booth to the prison cell and beyond, UMN is working to make sure that communities of color are organized and skilled to access the resources that make a difference in people’s lives.
We are trainers, building new skilled leaders and activists. We are technical assistance advisors building organizational capacity of organizations locally and nationwide. We are organizers and coalition builders. Our programs and people are changing the political landscape of Boston and Massachusetts. 2016 marks the launch of our Campaign for Neighborhood Leadership, strengthening neighborhoods by developing skilled leaders.
UMN lives by the mantra, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.