March 19, 2015 | Mashael Majid | Leave a comment With a crowd of over 45 members and supporters, Union United held a rally and press conference on March 11th to say loud and clear: this community deserves better! We heard from Union Square business owners Angelica Benatti and Pokye Casserly and local youth Bukhari Brown on the importance of addressing community needs and having development without displacement. We shared that we want to meet with the mayor to discuss our priorities and negotiate a community benefits agreement (CBA) with US2 that includes the whole redevelopment area. A recent Somerville Journal’s editorial asked Mayor Joe Curtatone to bring Union United to the table and help negotiate a CBA. We also had a strong presence during the Somerville by Design meetings this week to share our ideas, concerns, and bring the conversation back to a community-led CBA. Union United is proud to have four coalition members on the Union Square CAC, a City-appointed community advisory committee. Congratulations to Angelica Benatti from Master Printing, Pokye Casserly from New Reliable Market, Father Richard Curran from St. Joseph’s Church and the Somerville Tri-Parish Community, and Chris Mancini from Groundwork Somerville. We’re getting stronger by the day because of your hard work and persistence. We have over 100 members, 15 community groups, 14 small businesses, religious congregations, immigrant groups, and labor unions and are making waves in this city and beyond! To find out more about this campaign, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-776-5931 ext. 228. For a complete list of current news videos and articles, visit this page of our website.