top of page

Organize

Ujima is Swahili for collective work and responsibility. Our vision for a just and sustainable Boston is based on the belief that we all have a role to play in creating an equitable economy.

Participate

Boston Ujima Project is fueled by people live you who believe in community power, culture and collectivity to bring together neighborhoods and make another Boston happen.

Endorsement Policy

Boston Ujima Project has crafted an endorsement policy aligned with our commitment to being member-led. There are three opportunities for Ujima members to review and weigh in on endorsement requests:​

Every 1st Wednesday | #CoDirect: on the first Wednesday of the month, we give members an opportunity to provide input through deeper organizational updates and space for discussion. As this happens on a monthly basis, endorsement requests that come to us with a minimum of 3 weeks' notice are ideal, however, we can accommodate requests with up to 24hrs notice. We encourage you to be present at #Co-Direct to present alongside staff, as well as answer any questions or concerns.

 

Every 2nd Wednesday | Endorsement Request Textline: Through the use of our texting service, members now have the ability to review and respond to requests via phone.

 

Every 4th Wednesday | Staff WIRE Newsletter: In our monthly Staff WIRE newsletter, we give members a final opportunity to give their feedback on any requests.

 

Please note our timeline above to time your requests to us accordingly. Ujima will make a decision regarding your endorsement request after these steps have been completed. If you have an endorsement request, please send it to comms[at]ujimaboston.com. We will continue to make further refinements to our process. ​In the meantime, we're happy to support campaigns by spreading the word via our newsletters and social media. Thank you.

MA Public Banking Coalition

MA Public Banking Coalition is a volunteer effort, endorsed by over 25 organizations across the Commonwealth. A Public Bank is a bank owned by the people through their representative government and operated in the public interest. Public banks can exist at all levels, from local to state to national. “An Act to Establish a Massachusetts Public Bank” is key to a just, equitable, and vibrant economic future for the Commonwealth’s communities and local businesses. The legislation would establish the nation’s second state-owned public bank. In partnership with Massachusetts chartered banks and community development financial institutions, the public bank would provide much-needed flexible and low-cost financing to municipalities, particularly Gateway Cities, as well as women- and minority-owned businesses, green economy, coastal communities, and local industries including agriculture. The public bank is designed to be responsive to evolving community needs while complying with standard safety and soundness regulations applying to private banks.

PILOT Action Group

PILOT Action Group is a coalition of community, faith, and labor groups who have come together to address concerns around the role of our wealthy nonprofit neighbors in the future of our city. PILOT Action Group is a growing campaign to hold Boston city government and large nonprofit institutions accountable for millions of dollars in unpaid PILOT contributions that could be benefitting our communities through equitable investment in education, employment, and housing in Boston.

Anchor Institution Organizing

The Ujima Anchor Institution Outreach Member Team helps Ujima to engage faith groups, hospitals, universities, or major corporations to support Ujima Businesses and programs. To get involved, send us an email at comms@ujimaboston.com.

Arts & Cultural Organizing

Imagination is an essential piece of our effort to build the new world. Cultural workers are economy builders. With that understanding we strive to provide artists with a space to organize and advocate on behalf of themselves and their neighbors. To get involved, send us an email at comms@ujimaboston.com.

Black Mass Coalition

The Black Mass Coalition is a group of statewide leaders, including Ujima, from grassroots organizations to institutional entities, that developed a list of actionable, tangible items for four groups -- the private sector, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and government -- to commit and follow through on in order to prove that their statement, "Black Lives Matter!," is more than words but a vision of a world they want to make true with us.

Business Support

Ujima's Business Support Team creates strategies and tools for supporting Ujima's Good Business Alliance to grow their businesses and foster strong relationships with the Ujima community and all local residents.

City Life/Vida Urbana

​City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power. Our partners provide political leadership and ground our work in ongoing struggles for housing justice, labor rights, youth empowerment, environmental justice, and more.

Matahari

Matahari Women Workers’ Center (“Matahari”) is a Boston-based organization committed to building a world without economic violence and exploitation. ​Our partners provide political leadership and ground our work in ongoing struggles for housing justice, labor rights, youth empowerment, environmental justice, and more.

Ujima's Time Bank

The Ujima Time Bank is a system of exchange where the unit of value is person-hours. Time Bank members share skills and provide services for each other.

Organize with Ujima

Find other ways to get involved:

bottom of page