Comprised of Chinatown residents, Chinatown Resident Association was founded in 1999 to increase the resident voice on issues that affect Chinatown. It is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to fight for the Chinatown working class rights and interest and advance their quality of life.
For years, CRA has been motivating and organizing the residents to voice out and participate in various activities and movements. Sweating under the burning sun in the summer and trembling in the freezing winter, active residents protested in the streets and expressed their desire for their rights, and affordable housing. During the election season, CRA contacted residents in different buildings throughout Chinatown consistently to attend the Voters Registration and Election workshop, explaining why voting is important. The turnout number of residents who voted in Chinatown has been increasing year by year.
Boston Chinatown has over 100 years of history. However, many Chinatown residents live in poverty. It is only recently that CRA has united the residents, asked them to speak out and protest, to fight for more affordable housing and to actively vote in elections in 2006, a historical voting victory came with the result that the bilingual ballot was provided. In recent years, the candidates for Boston Mayor and city councils have participated in Chinatown forum and answered residents’ questions. They see the increasing clout of the Chinatown vote.
In addition, CRA is still pushing for a public library branch in Chinatown. We also seek funds for Green Jobs from the government.
CRA continues to work for the residents. CRA needs your support. CRA is fundraising through friendly donations from businesses and individuals with a passion for Chinese community development. Your donation will be making a difference.
Hin Sang Yu Yoke Chew Mah
November 16, 2015
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