A rally of people in blue shirts outside the MA StatehouseIn the coming weeks, First Church Boston joins our partner, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, in their energetic campaign for housing justice in Massachusetts.

On Sunday, March 3, at 3pm, we’ll join many hundreds of Greater Bostonians from churches, mosques, synagogues, and other organizations for GBIO’s Delegates Assembly at The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), 100 Malcolm X Blvd in Roxbury (not far from UU Urban Ministry). First Church is committed to bringing at least 15 members and friends on March 3 to help push our housing legislative agenda over the finish line. Please join us! For the registration link, see our weekly enews.

Group of people sitting , many wearing masks, with a sign First Church Boston UUMembers of the First Church Social Justice Community have joined in actions throughout the past year, ever since GBIO made housing its central priority. We were on the State House steps for the kick-off rally for this campaign last spring, brought 12 members to a major rally in June, and on January 18, we attended State House public hearings on the Affordable Homes Act. This act, introduced by the Healey-Driscoll administration in October, is the largest investment in housing in Massachusetts history. We joined other GBIO members in bright blue T-shirts to remind legislators we are watching, as we listened to testimony from public housing administrators, advocates for the unhoused, public officials from Martha’s Vineyard to western Mass, and finally the moving and substantive testimony from GBIO’s own representatives.

To quote the GBIO website—“We believe in relational power—that the more we are connected to each other in our communities, the more ability we have to get things done.”