Since 2003, Dorshei Tzedek has been a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). GBIO is a broad-based coalition of area churches, synagogues, mosques, unions and community development corporations that have built a loving and action-oriented community on the basis of shared values and a strong commitment to economic justice. GBIO is one of the only organizations in the area that brings people together across racial, ethnic and religious lines in relationships of equality to work together toward a common vision of justice.
Dorshei Tzedek’s institutional commitment to GBIO includes a significant annual financial commitment (1% of our annual operating budget) and an agreement to send significant membership representation to GBIO actions at which key elected officials and leaders of important financial institutions are asked to listen to our leadership and make concrete and specific commitments to our agenda.
GBIO and the Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act was approved overwhelmingly in Boston, in part as a result of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization’s “get out the vote” efforts. CDT worked with GBIO to ensure that Boston voted for the ballot initiative to obtain Affordable Housing, Parks and Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The average property owner in Boston will pay $24 per year for the CPA. Thanks to all CDT Bostonians who voted in support and to all who asked Bostonians to support the measure. Yasher Koach.
GBIO will hold its next Delegates Assembly on December 1, 2016. This will be a time to celebrate our victory, as well as to ratify a new Criminal Justice plan for the coming legislative session, amongst other efforts. The Delegates Assembly is an excellent time to experience the workings of this most effective coalition of Mosques, Churches and Synagogues, and to see democracy in action.