United Interfaith Action (UIA), a faith based organization founded in 1996, promotes social and economic justice and improves the quality of life of all residents in Southeastern Massachusetts with a specific focus on the cities of New Bedford, Fall River and Dartmouth, by recruiting and training clergy and lay leaders to act on issues of greatest concern, founding social action on the teachings of our different faith traditions.

Throughout the fall of 2013 and 2014, UIA participated in the Raise Up MA ballot initiative campaign to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts and bring earned sick time to all workers. In the first stage of the campaign, Raise Up MA gathered over 285,000 signatures, surpassing their original goal 200,000 signatures. During this time, 36 congregations in the Fall River, New Bedford, and Dartmouth areas gathered approximately 18,000 signatures  for the campaign. In 2015, UIA will be joining MCAN and Raise Up in the “Fair Share” Amendment Campaign.

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August 6, 2019

Immigrant Justice

Editorial: Licensing the undocumented makes sense and dollars

We support state Sen. Brendan Crighton’s push to end a state policy banning undocumented immigrants from obtaining a driver’s license. This is…

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July 29, 2019

Immigrant Justice

Crighton sees licensing undocumented immigrants as safe

LYNN — It’s time to shatter negative myths dogging proposals to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, said state Sen. Brendan…

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July 25, 2019

The back-story to the ‘This Old House’ pilot

The public television’s show “This Old House” turned 40 this year. The first house featured in the program’s pilot — a beautiful,…

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