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Labor, education activists mobilize for Boston Women's March

Members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Service Employees International Union — two of the most prominent and active labor unions representing more than 200,000 workers in the Bay State — are mobilizing to participate in the Boston Women’s March for America on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The Boston Common march, inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, is one of more than 600 sister marches occurring across the United States and around the globe. The peaceful, nonpartisan march will demonstrate solidarity with communities most affected by hate, intolerance and acts of violence perpetuated throughout the country — including women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and people with disabilities.

"If we stick together we will be more powerful than the 'cabinet of billionaires.' "

— Barbara Madeloni, MTA President

“As we watch the Trump administration take shape, it is clearly bent on weakening workers’ rights, dismantling public education, and marginalizing the concerns of the vulnerable,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni.

“But I assure you,” she added, “that if we stick together we will be more powerful than the ‘cabinet of billionaires.’ And with that power it is our duty to protect the gains and rights earned through hard-fought struggles and go even further to create a more peaceful and just world.”

Kindalay Cummings, a personal care attendant from Springfield and a member of 1199SEIU, said that “through my involvement with my union, I found my voice and learned to speak out and stand up for what’s right. We cannot sit on the sidelines when too many of our families, friends and neighbors are victims of intolerance.”

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She continued, “I am proud to join my sisters and brothers in labor and in communities across Massachusetts as we unite to build a movement for true social, economic and racial justice for all.”

Roxana Rivera, vice president of 32BJ SEIU, said that “as the new president begins his term with the lowest approval rating of any president-elect in recent memory, families in Massachusetts and across the country are planting the seeds of a movement to defend the democratic values of our republic and oppose Trump's rigged agenda for the 1 percent.”

She added that “Trump’s early anti-labor secretary pick — who sees raising wages as a problem rather than a solution — and the Trump/Ryan plan to Make America Sick Again by cutting taxes on the rich at the expenses of people´s health care are already proof that the new anti-worker, Republican-controlled Congress and the incoming administration are of the billionaires and for the billionaires.”

The MTA and SEIU locals in Massachusetts — 32BJ SEIU, 1199SEIU, SEIU 509 and SEIU 888 — joined as official community partners of the Boston Women’s March for America, and several hundred members of these organizations were expected to participate in the march.

The march is a unique opportunity for union members to unite with thousands of other energized Massachusetts residents interested in working for equality, dignity and justice for all.