DEVELOPER'S NOTE: This section of the website will allow for a brief run-down and description of each and every one of the participating members who are part of the MPAOC organization. Within each section that presents a group's information, there will be the option to follow through a link to that particular group's very own dedicated section of this site.
ORMA GROUP MEMBERS
We are proud to introduce the dedicated individuals who form the backbone of our organization. Our committee members represent a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and passions, coming together to drive our mission forward. Each group listed below contributes their unique strengths to create a cohesive and effective team. These expandable sections briefly describe the form, function, and goals of the respective groups, and also provides an in-stie link to a page that has further information and resources about the particular organization.
The Massachusetts Peace Action Network (MAPA) is a grassroots peace and social justice organization based in Massachusetts, USA. MAPA's primary focus is on advocating for peace, disarmament, and social justice issues at the local, national, and international levels.
MAPA engages in various activities and initiatives to promote its goals, which may include:
- Anti-War Advocacy: MAPA works to oppose U.S. military interventions and wars, advocating for diplomacy and peaceful conflict resolution instead.
- Nuclear Disarmament: The organization is committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons and lobbies for policies that reduce nuclear arsenals.
- Social Justice: MAPA often aligns with social justice movements, addressing issues such as racial equality, economic justice, and environmental sustainability.
- Legislative Advocacy: MAPA engages with elected officials and policymakers to influence legislation related to peace and social justice concerns.
- Public Education: The organization conducts educational programs, conferences, and awareness campaigns to inform the public about the consequences of war and militarism.
- Coalition Building: MAPA collaborates with other peace and justice organizations to amplify their collective impact.
Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) is a grassroots political organization that operates within the state of Massachusetts, USA. ORMA is affiliated with the national Our Revolution organization, which was founded in the aftermath of Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
ORMA's primary mission is to promote progressive policies and candidates at the state and local levels. The organization focuses on issues such as healthcare reform, climate change, economic justice, and social equity. It works to engage and mobilize grassroots activists and volunteers to support progressive causes and candidates in Massachusetts.
ORMA typically endorses and supports candidates who align with its progressive values in state and local elections. It also conducts outreach and educational efforts to raise awareness about key issues and mobilize voters.
The North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) is a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, that serves the Native American and Indigenous communities in the Greater Boston area. NAICOB provides a range of services and support to Indigenous individuals and families, including cultural preservation, educational programs, social services, and advocacy.
Some of the key aspects of NAICOB's work include:
Cultural Preservation: NAICOB is dedicated to preserving and promoting Native American cultures and traditions. They often organize cultural events, workshops, and activities to celebrate and share Indigenous heritage.
Educational Programs: NAICOB offers educational programs and resources to support Indigenous youth and adults in pursuing academic and career goals.
Social Services: The organization provides various social services to address the unique needs of Indigenous individuals and families, such as housing assistance, healthcare referrals, and support for Native veterans.
Advocacy: NAICOB engages in advocacy efforts to raise awareness of issues affecting Indigenous communities and to promote policies that support their well-being.
Community Engagement: The center serves as a hub for the Indigenous community in Boston, providing a space for community members to connect, share experiences, and support each other.
The Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is a national grassroots organization within the Democratic Party that advocates for progressive policies and candidates. They work to advance issues like universal healthcare, climate action, social justice, and economic equality.
The Massachusetts Chapter of PDA, like other state chapters, operates as a local branch of this national organization. Its specific activities and structure may vary over time, but generally, the chapter would engage in activities such as organizing grassroots campaigns, endorsing and supporting progressive candidates, advocating for specific policy reforms, and mobilizing volunteers for various progressive causes.
MPAOC Identity Document
MPAOC (Massachusetts Progressive Action Organizing Committee) Overview
Mission: The Massachusetts Progressive Action Organizing Committee, (MPAOC), is an alliance of MA State-wide Political and Community organizations, formed to increase progressive political power. We aim to support progressive candidates and progressive legislation and increase the unity and clarity of the progressive movement.
History: MPAOC was organized in December 2020 following a Massachusetts Peace Action initiated virtual political conference at which groups decided to explore the possibilities of greater collaboration and unification of activities. The first year and a half included monthly dialogues and presentations as we got to know each other’s organizational structure and priorities and heard from dozens of community organizations and political action organizing groups in the state*. MPAOC organized a second conference in December of 2021, that focused on strategies to build progressive political power.
MPAOC formally established itself in August 2022 as an alliance of progressive organizations that provides mutual support for elections, legislation, and grassroots organizing that increases progressive political power.
Issues: While we recognize that each member organization has its own organizing strategy, ideology, and priority issues, we agree that:
- To build power, we must forge coalitions of movements and groups composed of different racial, ethnic, class, and gender constituencies.
- We must seek to dismantle white supremacy and understand what it means to be an ally.
- We believe that to begin the process of building a political agenda we must include frequently under-represented BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
The issues that we currently focus on include, but are not limited to:
- Universal Single Payer Healthcare which includes reproductive health, transgender care, vision, dental, hearing and long term care
- Cutting the military budget and a peaceful foreign policy
- Support for unions and union-organizing …
- Confronting the environmental crisis
- The right to adequate and dignified housing
- Criminal Legal and Community Safety Reform
- Significantly reducing income inequality
Membership: There are two levels of membership in MPAOC. Organizations which send representatives who regularly attend meetings are full members with one vote per organization. To be eligible to vote, a member organization needs to have attended at least the two prior meetings. Missing more than four meetings in a row without a legitimate reason will result in an organization losing its voting membership.
Other organizations which attend occasionally and/or choose to continue to be part of the contact group without regular attendance will be consulting, non-voting members. Before the voting members take a vote, non-voting members will be briefed about the issue or candidate and asked to provide any information they think is pertinent to help guide the decision making.
Organizations wishing to become a member of MPAOC need to apply and be nominated by a current voting or non-voting member. A unanimous vote of the current voting membership is required. In general, MPAOC tries to be welcoming and inclusive.
The founding full members are Massachusetts Peace Action, North American Indian Center of Boston, Our Revolution Massachusetts, Progressive Democrats of America, Progressive Massachusetts, and Incorruptible Mass. Act on Mass has also joined as a full member. Initial consulting members include Democratic Socialists of America/Boston, Democratic Socialists of America/Cape Cod, Liberation Road, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, and Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts. Additional consulting members were Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution-now a full member, Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, Indivisible Mass. Coalition, and Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment.
Working Groups of MPAOC:
Membership: tasked with developing and facilitating groups onboarding process, developing tiers of membership, and recruitment.
Communications: develop a communications plan [or options] as a coalition or group of groups and bring back to the larger group :
Legislative and Electoral: Maintain ongoing activities in MPAOC.
Strategy, Development, and Implementation (SDI) Group will meet quarterly to review and assess progress within MPAOC.
Continued Education and Training: Create a select group tasked to research, develop, and implement training opportunities for MPAOC members,
Maintain an Annual MPAOC Conference organized by a “Conference Planning Sub-Committee”
Past and On-going Work of MPAOC
- We have convened annual conferences to unify the progressive movement in Massachusetts
- Presentations by various leaders/experts who help inform the members on issues
- A Slack hot line has been established for state legislators to use to disseminate information quickly to member organizations.
- On-going reports of what member organizations are working on and discussion about how organizations may collaborate on various initiatives.
- Educational forums are being planned on housing that will help to highlight the issues and possible solutions.
- Reports by committees of their work
DEVELOPER'S REFERENCE: The list below contains some of the current members of MPAOC, and is to be used as a reference point for the further development of this site. The groups who have hyperlinks already have an established presence on the web.
|Massachusetts Peace Action Network
|Our Revolution Massachusetts
|The North American Indian Center of Boston
|Progressive Democrats of [America]/Massachusetts
|Act on MA
|Democratic Socialists of Boston
|Cape Cod DSA
|DSA Pioneer Valley
|Neighbor 2 Neighbor Massachusetts
|New Democracy CoalitionNew Democracy Coalition
|Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution
|Western Mass Area Labor Federation
|Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants
|POPA (Political Organization for Progressive Action) SouthCoast
|ANY MISSING ORGANIZATIONS, INDIVIDUALS, OR GROUPS should be further researched and clarified.