Massachusetts Citizens’ Congress on Poverty

 

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:

  1. Held a well-attended and highly praise teach-in on poverty with Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House.
  2. Worked with Rep. Decker and Sen. Eldridge to set up an Anti-Poverty Task Force in the state legislature.
  3. Developed an initial steering committee to develop the campaign.
  4. Hired a seasoned organizer with 17 years’ experience on poor people’s issues.
  5. Created membership structure and structure for steering campaign.
  6. Successfully advocated for omnibus criminal justice bill, lift the child gap, and dental access to be included in the state budget.