Every year Episcopal City Mission sets aside a specific amount of funds for Out of Cycle grant opportunities for the Burgess Urban Fund. These funds are for opportunities/events that arise during the year that may not coincide with our annual grant cycle (that begins in May!). This allows us to respond quickly to key initiatives or events that may be happening and that we want to support through BUF. This year’s awards were presented to Essex County Community Organization & Neighbors United for A Better East Boston (NUBE)
ECCO – The grant will help ECCO take action on the President’s Executive Order (Nov. 2014) which created the ability for 4-5 million undocumented immigrants to obtain protection against deportation and a legal status to work, through Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expanded the eligibility of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for immigrant youth and young adults. ECCO will engage and train undocumented immigrants in community organizing and leading clinics. This should be a transformative process for all!
NUBE is a multi-ethnic, member-led, direct-action organization that holds public institutions accountable through grassroots organizing. Currently, East Boston is facing an off-cycle State Representative Special Election due to the former State Rep. resigning to join Governor Baker’s administration. This is a unique opportunity to change the voting electorate and increase voter turnout from unlikely voters who can potentially determine the next State Representative for East Boston.