> About the Coalition
The North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition is a strategic alliance between
the region’s five minority-led agencies (Spanish American Center, Hmong–Lao
Foundation, Three Pyramids Inc., Twin Cities Latino Coalition, and the Cleghorn
Neighborhood Center). The Minority Coalition also includes faith-based and agency
representatives, who are working within the coalition to organize, empower and support
racial, linguistic and ethnic minorities, as well as people with disabilities and
other disadvantaged poor and working class people.
Mission Statement: To build vision-lead collaborations between minority-lead
institutions and others by sharing information, power, and resources for mutual
benefit and to achieve systems change for the common good.
Vision: “Uniting People for the Common Good.” We are engaged
in empowering and working with people across cultures to build knowledge and understanding
of the need to better serve the disadvantaged and to hold the public interest above
narrow self-interest and group demands.
Methodology: To create an asset-based multi-cultural development strategy
which focuses on knowledge- based interventions that build individual, organizational
and community capacity.
Background: In the early 1990s, minority leaders responding to the dramatic
increases in the minority population in North Central Massachusetts, and to two
studies that addressed racial disparities in the region, agreed to form the Minority
Coalition. Our goal was to build unity and to empower the ethnic, racial and linguistic
minorities in the region. In the mid 1990’s The Minority Coalition received
DPH funding for HIV and STD education for children of color. In 2005 The Minority
Coalition was one of six agencies throughout New England to receive a Capacity-Building
Learning Project Grant through Third Sector New England.
The grant enabled minority-led agencies and others to develop a process to allow
diverse partners in the Coalition to learn and grow together; to assess needs, organize
resources and to begin to develop the power and potential of the growing population
of ethnic, racial, and linguistic minorities living in the region.
Primary Goal: In 2008 the primary goal of The Minority Coalition is to build
a movement based on equity and systems change. The Minority Coalition is building
a multi-racial democratic movement, where power and trust is rested in principals,
values and ideas. We are working to promote diversity in leadership particularly
among youths and females. We are creating a movement that values and respects the
dignity, power and potential of all human beings. Also, a movement based on equity
across class, gender and race, in the North Central Massachusetts region and beyond.
Three Pyramids is the lead agency for the Minority Coalition. Three Pyramids, Inc.
has operated as a state certified minority-led community and economic development
corporation since 1971. Three Pyramids mission is to promote equal opportunity,
personal responsibility, and social justice through the social, cultural, political
and economic empowerment of people of color, women, children and families.
In 1969, Three Pyramids was founded by Cape Verdeans, African Americans and Native
Americans in Duxbury on Cape Cod. During the past thirty-nine years the agency has
operated community development projects throughout Massachusetts and in Africa.
The agency has focused on empowering people to take control and authority over their
Throughout the years Three Pyramids has had the integrity and courage to take public
stands on social and racial justice issues that have been controversial or unpopular.
However, the agency’s work and commitment to social cultural and economic
justice has been recognized and supported by education, government, business and
other community based institutions and constituents. The agency has built a reputation
based on collaboration, advocacy and constituency volunteerism and empowerment.
Movement Building and Systems Change
The Minority Coalition works to bring those who are most and least advantaged together
for change. Our membership includes college and school leaders, neighborhood residents,
members of the banking and business community, health care, human services, government,
clergy and others who are creating together a movement for social, gender and racial
equity and systems change. They are establishing relationships by building unity
and trust across cultures. They are promoting the kind of hope that is made real
by embodying transformational change, where real results come from the people. People
who develop strategies that address solutions to the underlying problems we face
in the 21st century.
Executive Board: The Executive Board is the governance arm of the coalition.
The membership consist of the heads of the minority led organizations or their designees.
The boards membership will also include, learning network co-chairs and others who
will be appointed from the membership. The Executive Board membership should reflect
diversity of action, thought, people and geography. The president of the Coalition
will chair all Executive Board Meetings.
Administration and Management: The Technical Assistants and Management (TAM)
division is the administrative and management arm of the Coalition. The TAM division
is lead by the Coalitions administrator who will work with consultants capable of
helping to sustain the Coalitions long term operations. The TAM division is responsible
for fund and resource development, information and communication technology, marketing,
publicity and outreach, fiscal management, budget development and evaluations.
Learning Networks: Networks will gather financial, human and technical resources
to help build the capacity of minority-led institutions and the constituents they
serve. Network members will learn and grow together by operating through shared
leadership and by holding each other mutually accountable for developing strategic
performance-based entrepreneurial sustainability plans. The goal of the networks
is to affect meaningful change by focusing on the following areas:
- Health Care Disparities
- Leadership & Civic Engagement
- Business & Economic Development
- Race, Poverty & Justice Initiative
Our Membership: Champions for Change
The Minority Coalition is accountable to and receives direction from its membership.
The Minority Coalition continues to build on our successes and we are discovering
how to tap into people’s desire, commitment and capacity to learn and grow
The Minority Coalition, through our membership, works to live our vision of “Uniting
People for the Common Good”. We are actively engaging and working with people
across cultures to build knowledge and understanding of our interdependence. Our
commitment to the “Common Good” means pursuing policies and community
actions that benefit all individuals and balance self-interest with the needs of
the entire society.