We know we can’t achieve change alone, so JPNDC works on city and statewide campaigns for policy changes promoting affordable housing and economic justice.
In 2016, JPNDC campaigned for voter approval of the Community Preservation Act in Boston (creating a small surcharge on property taxes to fund affordable housing, open space and historic preservation). The approval rate in Jamaica Plain was the highest of any Boston neighborhood!
In 2017, we joined with Rise Up Mass to collect signatures for ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage and ensure family and medical leave. JPNDC members, board and staff and members collected 1,100 petition signatures–a MUCH greater percentage of total signatures collected than our neighborhood’s portion of the state’s population! The legislature and governor were compelled to act and our state is now on its way to a $15 minimum wage.