The Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ) is a grassroots organization founded in 1994 to bring together people affected by and concerned about poverty to advocate for economic opportunity. We have developed a solid leadership core of dedicated activists who first joined the struggle for social justice through CSJ. We have developed a diverse organizing staff who started as volunteers that we met through our work, and who have been directly affected by our issue priorities.
We engage in ongoing outreach to people affected by poverty. This includes door-to-door canvassing to families in public housing developments and low-income neighborhoods outside of public housing. Our public housing and neighborhood outreach is conducted in multiple languages. In addition, we contact thousands of people throughout the community by phone, providing information about issues that affect their lives and organizing them to call their elected officials to have a voice on these issues.
We have played a leading role in campaigns on a wide variety of issues affecting struggling families. On each, we have mobilized our core bases in Brockton, Fall River and New Bedford, and have expanded our local focus areas into Taunton, Attleboro, Southern Boston and Falmouth as well. CSJ is a founding member and co-chair of Raise Up Massachusetts, and is the overseeing coalition for the Common Start Coalition.