The Boston Ujima Project
collective work and responsibility
The Boston Ujima Project is organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community-controlled economy in Greater Boston. They are challenging poverty and developing the communities by organizing their savings, businesses and customers to grow local wealth and meet their needs.
UJIMA (oo-JEE-mah) is a Swahili word, the celebrated Kwanzaa principle for “collective work and responsibility.” Ujima inspires them to take responsibility for their communities, to see their neighbor’s problems as their own, and to build collective power to solve them together.
The Ujima Project demonstrates new ways to invest, work, buy, own, and advocate. They are driven by a belief that another world is possible, and that they create it together.
The Boston Ujima Project wants to end business as usual. Big corporations and developers shouldn’t get tax breaks and contracts while local businesses, tenants and workers struggle to survive. They believe in a new approach to urban development that puts community needs over unchecked private profit.
The Boston Ujima Project is working to unite working class residents and workers, small businesses, grassroots organizations and other local economy stakeholders in a democratic community development organization. Ujima’s multi-stakeholder membership will forge a new circuit of investment, production and consumption that meets local needs, creates jobs, distributes wealth, and models economic democracy. While they fight against the dehumanizing effects of capitalism, the Boston Ujima Project builds new infrastructure that allows the people to live into the future they seek to create.