Massachusetts Citizens’ Congress on Poverty
The Massachusetts Citizens’ Congress on Poverty (MCCP) is a multi-issue, grassroots anti-poverty campaign engaging low-income people to advocate for changes in systems and laws that thwart their ability to escape poverty. This is a multi-issue campaign led by the disenfranchised.
The issues include: child poverty, education, health care, mental health, food insecurity, housing, addiction, immigration, fair employment practices, and discrimination, among others. We have made the following in-roads in setting up this campaign so far:
- Held a well-attended and highly praise teach-in on poverty with Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House.
- Worked with Rep. Decker and Sen. Eldridge to set up an Anti-Poverty Task Force in the state legislature.
- Developed an initial steering committee to develop the campaign.
- Hired a seasoned organizer with 17 years’ experience on poor people’s issues.
- Created membership structure and structure for steering campaign.
- Successfully advocated for omnibus criminal justice bill, lift the child gap, and dental access to be included in the state budget.