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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May 13, 2021

COVID-19, Mass Incarceration

Activists demand prison population reduction

Recent data from the American Civil Liberties Union found that 800 inmates and staff in Massachusetts prisons have tested positive for coronavirus.  Decarceration advocates…

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May 6, 2021

COVID-19, Mass Incarceration

Decarceration short-sighted plan to curb coronavirus spread

Lawmakers and advocates looking to ease the spread of coronavirus in prisons through decarceration are playing a short-sighted, potentially dangerous game while…

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April 28, 2021

COVID-19, Economic Dignity

Mass Legislature Approves Measures to Protect Residents from Evictions & Foreclosures During COVID-19 Crisis

FRAMINGHAM – Earlier this week the governor signed into law legislation which set a moratorium on most residential and small-business evictions and…

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