Arise, Inc.

Nothing about us, Without us.

aka Arise for Social Justice   |   Springfield, MA   |  www.arisespringfield.org

Mission

Arise is committed to the principle that poor and working people can solve the problems we face, if we work together to address them. Our mission is:
1. To educate, organize and unite low-income working people and people on entitlement programs to know what our rights are, to stand up for those rights, and to achieve those rights;
2. To educate the community at large as to its common interest in social justice for all;
3. To promote involvement in the electoral process;
4. To develop our self-esteem;
5. To teach ourselves to fight oppression in all its manifestations.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ms. Michaelann Bewsee

Main address

38 School St PO Box 5423

Springfield, MA 01101 USA

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EIN

04-2914511

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Minority Rights (R22)

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In defense of Poor People

Work to make sure people on public assistance get their rights, organizes with homeless people for a better sheltering system, defends families falsely accused by DCF, helps people fight for better housing. Fight for dignity, respect and human rights in dealing with the systems meant to help us.
Voting Rights: Fought for and won a change to the system of electing City Councilors and School Committee, so that people of color and working people can elect representatives from our own neighborhoods; organizes voter registration drives, works to protect the voting of all people, including ex-felons.

Population(s) Served

We fight for police accountability and an end to police brutality in Springfield and the War on Drugs in Massachusetts.
Court solidarity: We go to court and organize for people who are victims of police brutality and unjust laws.
CORI Reform: we help people file the paperwork to request and seal their CORIs
Documentation: We assist people in filing complaints against the police to the Civilian Police Review Board.
Petition: We’re collecting signatures to demand that all patrol cars and all police have cameras
Organize: We do stand-outs, rallies and conferences to help our community stand up for our rights.
Organize: We work to end the War on Drugs that is destroying our community.

Population(s) Served

We work on issues of economic justice for poor people.
“Taking It to the Streets:” We publish and distribute a street newspaper.
Advocacy: We point people in the right direction when they have urgent needs; we teach advocacy skills to people dealing with housing, homelessness, hunger and other issues.
S.U.N.N.: Springfield Union of Neighbors and Neighborhoods; Build a strong, citywide tenants organization. Work to educate tenants and owners about tenants rights and responsibilities. Helps tenants organize to create safe affordable housing. Helps tenants organize to stand-up for their rights.
Housing task force: We fight for recognition that Springfield has an excessive need for more affordable housing. This need is not exclusive to very poor people who need subsidized units or vouchers but includes working people in our city. We can not solve the housing problems Springfield faces now or in the future if we don’t know what we have.

Population(s) Served

We spread the word about threats to our community’s health and organize to stop them.
Organize: We’re fighting to stop any threats to our air quality and to clean up existing threats
Climate Change: We’re organizing to get a climate change plan for Springfield
Educate: We do workshops and produce literature to educate our community that “All environmental issues are public health issues.”
Solidarity: We promote community gardens in Springfield and support other organizations working for the environment.

Population(s) Served

We work to organize opposition to war and to redirect funding to jobs and other low –income needs.
Organize: In coalition, we march, demonstrate, organize workshops and conferences and do counter-recruitment in local high schools.
Bear Witness: Since the war began, we have held a vigil for peace every Monday at noon.

Population(s) Served

We work to end discrimination against members and groups in the community
Organize: We vigil, flyer, hold events and challenge homophobia wherever we find it.
Organize and Advocate: We help people find a way to challenge the discrimination they face and work to change the systems that oppress them.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Arise, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ivette Hernandez

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Term: 2018 - 2019

Muwakkil Aluqdah

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes