Thanks to all who joined us for a celebration of United for a Fair Economy's past, present and future! For a quarter century, UFE has been at the forefront of supporting movements for economic justice. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we gathered in community to view performances by local and national artists, listen to presentations from movement leaders, and enjoy food.
If you would like to look at our photographer Pedro Cruz’s photos from the event, you may view them here.
We wanted the event to reflect UFE’s core values – values like inclusion, respect, compassion, fairness, solidarity, pluralism, transparency, intersectionality, equity, and justice. As you think about the event – the music, the discussions, the awards, the people in the room – We hope you’ll agree that we succeeded! More than 150 of our friends and supporters came together to share food, stories, music and community in honor of our 25th anniversary.
Guests included participants from our popular education training program, previous staff members, local community partner groups, supporters, sponsors, members of the press, honorees, artists, entertainers, volunteers and more.
Our director Jeannette Huezo welcomed everyone to the event. Then, emcees Eroc Arroyo-Montano (Director of Cultural Organizing), and Jay- Marie Hill (board member), kick-started the evening’s events with a joint performance that ended with the whole room singing together. UFE co-founder Chuck Collins shared reflections on the importance of our work. This was followed by a passionate dialogue about recent economic history between Anne Price, our Board chair, and renowned economist and labor organizer Bill Fletcher in a discussion on movement building.
We presented three awards at the event: we held up the leadership of José Palma, the coordinator of the National Temporary Protected Status Alliance, with our Voz de Justicia Award; we lauded the Boston Ujima Project’s visionary mix of community organizing and impact investing with our Transformative Economics Award, in recognition of the critical need for wealthy people who share our hope for broadly-shared prosperity, we presented Abigail Disney with our Chuck Collins Class Traitor Award.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported the event and thank you for making the last 25 years possible!