Last night, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization hosted an “action” with all 4 of the candidates for Massachusetts Governor. JOI staff and Fellows were proud to be counted among the over 1200 people who were there.
One of the most exciting pieces of the evening was the over 150 teenagers who were present. They were there representing YMORE or Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy. YMORE is a coalition of 7 youth organizations in Massachusetts that cross race, class and religious lines fighting for increased investment in our future.
Current Fellow Nina Mukherji is working with Boston Mobilization, one of the coalition members, this year. Because of the incredible organizing these teens have been doing (with the help of Nina and a number of JOI alumni), all 4 of the candidates committed to dedicate 8 million dollars in their first budget proposal for youth jobs to combat violence.
The candidates also all agreed to sign a pledge to oppose 2 of the ballot initiatives that will be up for a vote on November second. These were question 2, which would repeal the state’s affordable housing law and question 3, which would cut the sales tax from 6.25% to 3%.