ARISE for Social Justice

Michaelann Bewsee: ARISE for Social Justice

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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 11:15am to 12:45pm


917 Campus Center
917 Campus Center, UMass Amherst

In 1985 a group of women on welfare organized Arise for Social Justice to support the rights of low-income people in Springfield, MA. Twenty-seven years later, Arise continues to work to provide direct services to people in need and to organize Springfield residents—especially poor, homeless, at-risk, unemployed, and otherwise marginalized people—to tackle the deep-rooted causes of poverty in their city.

Arise is currently focusing on three areas, all of which would benefit from the assistance of committed student interns: housing and homelessness; environmental health and climate justice; and reforming the criminal justice system. In tackling these three inter-related issues Arise is helping to create a vision of what a just, sustainable Springfield would look like.

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