The Ujima Business Alliance (UBA) is a local business association sponsored by the Boston Ujima Project for community-oriented companies within its network. Members of the UBA are business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing social and economic justice through the private sector. Ujima Businesses align their corporate practices with their values by creating good jobs, sharing ownership and wealth, meeting local needs, and generating community benefits. Business Alliance Members find strength in unity, and value cooperation over the competition to achieve shared success.
The current UBA members in this directory have joined based on relationships and information that comes out of our Neighborhood Assemblies, and are working to co-create the dues and criteria for the alliance moving forward. When Ujima’s governing body votes to approve our collective Community Standards, with the guidance of the Community Standards Committee, businesses will re-apply to join the Ujima Business Alliance based on the new standards.
LOCAL GOOD BUSINESSES DIRECTORY
“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.” -Toni Cade Bambara
Artists and cultural organizers have always play an essential role in creating the vibrant neighborhoods that make up Boston, though they’re often forced to work at the margins. Ujima is just as much about shifting the culture of our lives and economy in Boston, as it is about changing structures, and Ujima is dedicated to supporting the central role of artists and culture-makers in helping us reimagine a more just and beautiful future.
At our September 2017 General Assembly, we voted to award five artists a grant to support their community-rooted projects. Meet these artists.
CIERRA MICHELE - DEMO RADIO
Demo Radio is an online “radio show” created with the purpose of archiving hyperlocal communities and subcultures across the Northeast. Each show will be recorded, streamed and archived on Facebook Live and Soundcloud. With this project we are focused on community building across time and space. It aims to disrupt local radio and DIY media scenes which are usually artistically and culturally homogeneous. As a group of emerging artists, we seek to support creative individuals of the same stature by providing opportunities for under recognized, socially
engaged, young artists.
Our grassroots partners provide political leadership and root our work in ongoing struggles for housing justice, labor rights, youth empowerment, environmental justice, and more. Their expertise and membership bodies help to guide our process of creating community-led standards and investment plans for our local economy.
Email nia_at_ujimaboston.com to learn about becoming a grassroots partner.
UJIMA STAFF TEAM
CO - FOUNDER
MEMBER ORGANIZING MANAGER
Charles Wallace-Thomas IV
ARTS + CULTURAL
COMMUNITY STANDARDS COMMITTEE
Community Health Advocate, NAACP New England Area Conference Chair on Climate Change
Program Manager, Mass Cultural Council
Regional Coordinator, Right to the City
Director of Community Organizing, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Director of Operations, Haley House
Community Organizer, City Life/ Vida Urbana
Organizer and Former Boston City Councilor
Amine Benali, Fund Manager, Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF)
Kerry Bowie, Founder, Msaada Partners
Deborah Frieze, Co-Founder & President, Boston Impact Initiative
Maya Gaul, Director of Sales, CERO
Miriam Gee, Co-Founder, Co-Everything
Pat Miguel Tomaino, Director of Socially Responsible Investing, Zevin Asset Management
Bithiah Carter, President, New England Blacks in Philanthropy
Jed Emerson, Author and Strategic Advisor to Family Offices
Rodney Foxworth, Executive Director, BALLE
Darlene Lombos, Executive Director, Community Labor United (CLU)
Brian Nagendra, Assistant Director, Catalyst Impact Funds at Living Cities
Jessica Norwood, Entrepreneur and RSF Social Finance Fellow
Jocelyn V. Sargent, Executive Director, Hyams Foundation
Morgan Simon, Author and Founding Partner, Candide Group
Mark Watson, Managing Director, Boston Impact Initiative
Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO, Beneficial State Bank
Michael Curry, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers