Eastern Bank Family Values @Work
$150,000 annually for 2 years
Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Paid Family and Medical Leave, Fair wages for educators, public access to care
To build a grassroots movement for progressive social change, rooted in communities that have been excluded from the economic benefits of the current system, with a focus on race and gender. We have played a leading role in campaigns on a wide variety of issues affecting struggling families.
The Coalition for Social Justice in Massachusetts has expanded the Common Start Coalition to 152 organizations including labor, business, early childhood, and organizations focused on health, economic, gender, and/or racial equity issues. Regional chapters with part-time organizers work directly with parents and providers. The Common Start universal child care bill passed the Senate in 2022, and was refiled at the start of 2023. Organizers hope that public investment in child care and early education will increase due to a recent state constitutional amendment that raises revenue for transportation and education through a tax on high-income earners.
Executive Director, Deb Fastino, said "CSJ is thrilled by the Senate’s passage of An Act to Expand Access to High-Quality, Affordable Early Education and Care. This legislation represents a substantial step toward implementing our full vision and tackling the ongoing multifaceted child care crisis."