The mission of Men of Color/Men of Action (MOC/MOA) is to serve as a support, referral, and leadership development resource for men in the Codman Square/Four Corners community. MOC/MOA will serve as a community stability agent by providing support and leadership in the areas of employment, education & training, parenting, health & wellness, personal finance, and leadership development. MOC/MOA believes that the oft times instability of this group of community members has a disproportionate negative impact on the health and vibrancy of the entire Codman Square/Four Corners neighborhood.

The goals of this community-led initiative are:1) to increase community members ability to secure employment through job readiness and soft skills training and development; 2) to increase community members access to information and growth opportunities through area education and training programs; 3) to expand community members connections with professional and community members for learning, career, and personal growth opportunities. In an effort to increase civic engagement and awareness, MOC/MOA will facilitate periodic voter registration and education campaigns and facilitate volunteer hours dedicated to community improvement activities.

MOC/MOA believes that increasing opportunity and viability in the stated goal areas will: 1) increase family stability in regards to housing and food security; 2) lower crime, violence & recidivism rates; 3) reduce stress related mental health crises; 4) increase the sense of safety in the home and public space, as well as; 5) create models of success to be replicated within the community.

MOC/MOA Civic Engagement Campaign - “Collateral Sanctions” at the RMV

Under current Massachusetts law, a person convicted of a drug offense – including those un-related to driving-loses his or her driving privileges for up to 5 years, and must pay at least $500 to reinstate the license. The majority of employers today value applicants who have driver’s licenses, even if the job doesn’t explicitly require driving.  This current penalty creates an unnecessary barrier for the formerly incarcerated in regards to securing employment, becoming self sufficient, and operating within the bounds of the law. MOC/MOA is organizing program participants and the broader community to have this law repealed. MOC/MOA is in full support of the current proposed bill (H.1644/S.671) that seeks to remedy this issue.

MEN OF COLOR/MEN OF ACTION ARE LOOKING FOR MORE MEN TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THIS COMMUNITY IMPACT INITIATIVE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO GET INVOLVED PLEASE SEE CONTACT INFO BELOW:

Jason Boyd, Director of Community Organizing and Resident Resources
Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. 587 Washington, St. Dorchester, MA 02124
Tel: 617.825.4224 x140 Fax: 617.825.0893 Email: jason@csndc.com