We can restore a sense of pride and hope to our community.


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Who We Are

Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE) harnesses and focuses the fierce love and protectiveness of mothers to create neighborhoods where playgrounds are safe and sidewalks are not threatening. MJE was founded in the fall of 2010 with the vision of a world in which it is never normal or acceptable for children to be murdered. Our children’s lives have value and they must have the support of the entire community so that they are ensured a promising future.

What We Believe

quotebox-about-odomMJE believes that mothers are powerful change-makers in our communities. If given the right tools, mothers can become catalysts for change at home and advocates for change in their neighborhoods. Ultimately, MJE believes that change will occur as the internalized expectations of what is acceptable in our neighborhoods changes. Our children deserve to grow up free from fear and to have the support of the entire community. Mother to mother, family to family, block to block, we can change the story of our streets.

Our Place in the Community

quotebox-about-groganMJE’s approach is innovative; we counter violence with a focus on changing internal expectations and perceptions. We offer two areas of programming designed to support and inform each other: Education and Engagement. Engagement offers opportunities for involvement in civic action; Education teaches the tools of civic action. Combined these programs create and nurture new leaders. We collaborate with other service organizations, academics, and governmental agencies to explore opportunities for creative, effective actions and interventions. We leverage the combined experience and expertise of various sectors and the resolve of a committed community against the intransigence of urban violence.

Mission Statement

The mission of MJE is to end neighborhood violence by empowering mothers and youth to challenge the normalization of violence and become effective catalysts for change in their homes, schools, and communities. By reclaiming the identity of our communities we restore a sense of hope and purpose for children, youth, and adults.

MJE’s National Work
dsc_0867MJE successfully hosted the second annual Mothers Against Violence: Empowering Women to Action National Conference on September 30 and October 1, 2016 at Wheelock College. This event is designed to be a training opportunity for women from across the country who have lost children to violence to come together, support one another, and gain skills that they can bring back to their communities. MJE benefits from a wealth of resources and experts in Boston who contribute their knowledge to this event.
MJE Recent Recognitions
  • MJE has been recognized for its leadership with the following awards:
  • Brigham and Women’s Health Equity grant of $60,000 in 2016
  • Department of Early and Secondary Education grant of $31,000 in 2015, with a subsequent two-year contract awarded in 2016
  • Massachusetts Office of Victims Assistance contract for $160,980 for two years in 2016
  • In January 2016, MJE was recognized by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at the National Conference on Mayors in order to introduce our work to Mayors from cities across the country
  • Cummings Foundation’s $100k for 100 grant in 2015
  • Boston Business Journal’s Extraordinary Leadership Award
  • Boston Globe Innovators Award
  • Boston Magazine Idealist award
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Community Leadership Award
  • Asian American Civic Association’s Community Leadership Award
Recent Accomplishments
  • One Million Hurting Souls to the Polls – MJE is conducting a voter engagement drive and to date over 600 individuals have registered to vote with our support. Phone bank activities will begin in mid-October and run through the November election.
  • MJE was recently selected to form a Parent/Police Partnership advisory group with the Boston Police Commissioner. The goal of this group is to improve community policing by addressing issues of families and engaging the police in community meetings.
  • MJE recently became a Department of Transitional Assistance work service site. As such we are supporting chronically unemployed mothers with workforce training.
  • MJE hosted A Conversation with Women of Color Leading Change in Boston in April 2016, with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Gloria Fox, Monalisa Smith MJE CEO, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Mia Alvaro, MJE Board Chair. This event was profiled in the Dorchester Reporter: http://tinyurl.com/jqwdw63
  • MJE is an approved provider for the Boston Public Schools. This includes parent engagement training and offering our Youth Peer Leadership programs to students at various BPS sites.

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