CEOC's 2023-2024 Public Policy Priorities
Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee’s (CEOC) mission is to empower people and mobilize resources to fight poverty’s causes and impacts through education and organizing. We envision an inclusive and diverse Cambridge without poverty where everyone has affordable housing, quality health care and education, food security and economic stability. In addition to providing direct services to achieve these goals, we have set out the following public policy agenda to target structural change that prevents poverty and promotes economic stability.
Public Policy Agenda
Eliminating Food Insecurity
|HD.2737/SD.63 An Act relative to an agricultural healthy incentives program|
|HD.766/SD.1013 An Act relative to universal school meals|
Promoting Affordable Housing
|HD.3625 and SD 1592 An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES Act)|
|HD.3657/SD.1082 An Act promoting access to counsel and housing stability in Massachusetts|
Lifting Individuals and Families Out of Deep Poverty
|HD.2794/SD.667 An Act to expand access to high-quality affordable early education and care (Common Start)|
|HD.2153/SD.778 An Act to ensure equitable health coverage for children (Cover All Kids)|
|SD.1224 An Act to reduce poverty by expanding the EITC and the child and family tax credit|
|HD.3457/SD.2122 An Act to increase family stabilization through the earned income tax credit|
|HD.3288/SD.2010 An Act establishing a child and family tax credit|
|HD.507/SD.501 An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty (Lift Our Kids)|
Eliminating Wage Disparities
|HD.662/SD.392 An Act prohibiting body size discrimination|
|SD.920 An Act to ensure gender parity and racial and ethnic diversity on public boards and commissions (Parity on Boards)|
|HD.217/SD.12 An Act relative to non-fault unemployment insurance overpayments|
|HD.2895/SD.1087 An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement|
|HD.783/SD.711 An Act addressing the racial wealth gap (Baby Bonds)|
Promoting the Wellbeing of Immigrants and Refugees
|HD.2459/SD.1937 An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents (Safe Communities Act)|
|HD.2694/SD.507 An Act establishing basic needs assistance for Massachusetts immigrant residents|
|HD.3616/SD.1066 An Act relative to language access and inclusion|
Tiers of Involvement
We cannot support this legislation and may even oppose it.
We support this legislation.
We sign on to letters of support as CEOC.
We include it in our list of advocacy efforts.
We attend coalition meetings when available but they are able to use our logo and signature to endorse this bill.
Includes Level 1 activities +
We actively use social media to endorse this bill.
We write to legislators to ask them to advance this bill.
We attend coalition meetings.
Includes Level 2 activities +
We are a leader in the coalition efforts.
We meet with legislators to expand our efforts.
We organize around the issue (e.g. rallies, canvassing, phone banking)
We provide written and verbal testimony for the bill.