NEW- BPS LGBTQ+ Student Meet and Greet
We invite LGBTQ+ students in Boston Public Schools to join us for a discussion and conversation with the district’s new LGBTQ+ Student Support Manager. Click here to sign up and meet other LGBTQ+ students and learn about resources that are available!
NEW- Help us get the Housing Stability Measure into the State Budget!
We’re seeing an eviction crisis unfold right here in MA. Please act now to stop evictions in MA by sending a message TODAY. Then follow up with a call to your State Rep to ask them to support and co-sponsor the Housing Stability budget amendments #585 / #763.
Carina Childcare: Connecting Families and Providers for Quality Child Care
The pandemic has created significant hardships for many families and access to quality child care is more important than ever. That’s why SEIU Local 509 launched Carina, a free online child care matching platform. The site allows families to quickly and easily connect with quality union family child care providers.
Journey for Justice Alliance Survey
While there are several polls that have the U.S. ranked as high as 14th in education when you remove poverty America skyrockets to number 2! Education clearly works for the richest Americans. But what about the rest of us? What about the voices of parents and students that are Black, Indigenous, and people of color? What would you like to see in a post-COVID public education system? Please take a minute and complete this survey in English or Spanish.
GoFundMe for Susan Arase’s Family
As many of you know, one of BPS’ beloved nurses, Susan Arase of Tech Boston Academy, passed away a few weeks ago. This GoFundMe, organized by the BTU Nurses, directly helps Susan’s young daughter. Please donate if you can.
ULA for Educators
The UMass Amherst Labor Center is excited to launch the ULA for Educators track of our Master’s program in Labor Studies, beginning January 2021. Please see the brochure. ULA for Educators is designed especially for education support professionals and teachers in the field of K-12 education. If you know anyone in particular who would be a good fit for the program, please put them in touch with Jasmine Kerrissey. The application deadline is November 15, 2020.
September P-EBT Funds
September P-EBT funds were recently announced by the DTA. They will be distributed to families to help cover days that schools were missed due to a delayed start and/or days where students are learning at home for at least 5 days in a row. Families that already have SNAP/ TAFDC or P-EBT from the past should have gotten funds on their cards on September 30. Families who are new to P-EBT will get a letter in the mail starting this week explaining eligibility and then will get a separate card in the mail.
Tell Your Legislators to Pass the Housing Stability Bill!
Community, housing, union groups are supporting and campaigning to get the Legislature to pass House 5018 (formerly H 4878) and Senate 2831, An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability During the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery. It would extend eviction and foreclosure protections for tenants for a year, extend forbearance to homeowners and small landlords owning 15 or fewer units. Call your state representative and state senator and ask them to speak to Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring this legislation to a vote now!