The Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers (MCDW pronounced MAC-DEW) was founded on December 7, 2010. The Coalition launched to bring about change and equal rights for domestic workers in Massachusetts. The founding organizations were: Matahari: Eye of the Day, the Dominican Development Center and the Brazilian Women's Group.
Today the Steering Committee of the ever-expanding Coalition includes 2 of the founding organizations:
The Dominican Development Center (DDC) works to improve the quality of life of immigrant communities residing in the Boston area. The DDC provide immigration services and referrals, citizenship clinics, and advocate for immigrant workers rights. They achieve their mission by allowing members to participate in the decision-making process and by allowing them to have direct participation in designing and organizing all grassroots programs.
The Brazilian Women's Group (BWG) was created in 1995 by a group of immigrant women interested in discussing the issues of being an immigrant woman from Brazil in the United States. The group is now composed of women of various ages and professions with different roles in the community. The Brazilian Women’s Group’s mission is to promote political and cultural awareness and contribute to the development of the Brazilian community.
And has grown to include three more organizations! As of Summer 2019, we are excited to welcome the Brazilian Worker's Center, MassCosh and WILD onto the Steering Committee:
The Brazilian Worker Center was founded in 1995 to support workers’ struggles in the Greater Boston area around issues of workplace rights and immigration. Their values are to help restores peoples’ sense of self-worth, respect, and dignity.
MassCOSH strives to ensure that all workers earn their living and return home alive and well. MassCOSH unites workers, unions and community groups with environmental and health activists, to end dangerous work conditions, to organize for safe, secure jobs, and to advocate for healthy communities.
WILD, which stands for Women's Institute for Leadership Development, was founded in 1986 by a group of women labor activists and educators. Over the years the group has sought to build bridges between labor and community groups to help increase the diversity of leadership within political and labor organizing communities.
Together, we are helping to implement the new law and work together to assure that we are committed to respect and dignity for domestic workers.