Boston Workers’ Alliance
The Boston Workers’ Alliance’s work demonstrates that communities can be a part of the solution to reducing climate change, while also providing green jobs and reducing heating bills.
The Boston Workers’ Alliance (BWA) is a member-led organization that addresses discrimination against those with criminal records through grassroots campaigns and economic development projects. BWA recognized a need to build new businesses and a more sustainable economy in order to address economic disparities for the unemployed, underemployed and those with criminal records. In response, BWA’s Job Committee advocated with the Green Justice Coalition to bring green jobs to low-income families and people of color in their community. This includes training and supporting members to learn about green jobs and worker-owned cooperatives.
Hakim Cunningham, BWA’s deputy director, states that it is crucial to, “address the social and environmental needs of people.” He says that the support of CCHD has helped BWA build leadership and capacity, empower a member-led organization to address economic disparities, and bring about sustainable change for their community.
Through organizing and advocacy, BWA is addressing climate change, building healthy communities, and creating new economic opportunities. BWA’s efforts have brought more contract and green jobs to the community, and have given members new opportunities to work as weatherizers. BWA’s Campaign for Home Weatherization creates green jobs, while also making homes more energy efficient. The work of BWA shows that communities can be a part of the solution to reducing climate change, while also generating new green jobs and reducing heating bills.