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Black Economic Justice Institute

 61 Columbia Road
 Dorchester, MA 02121
[P] (908) 800-2354
[F] --
www.bejii.org
[email protected]
Priscilla Flint-Banks
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INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 46-4951690

LAST UPDATED: 02/27/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI) mission is to educate, advocate, and assist Boston's communities of color in securing sustainable jobs, and/or creating our own businesses.We envision the existence of generational wealth by creating good jobs standards, and building schools to teach our culture, history, and civic engagement as part of the curriculum.  We want to see lifestyles of home ownership and safe neighborhoods.

Mission Statement

The Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI) mission is to educate, advocate, and assist Boston's communities of color in securing sustainable jobs, and/or creating our own businesses.We envision the existence of generational wealth by creating good jobs standards, and building schools to teach our culture, history, and civic engagement as part of the curriculum.  We want to see lifestyles of home ownership and safe neighborhoods.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $125,000.00
Projected Expense $125,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI) mission is to educate, advocate, and assist Boston's communities of color in securing sustainable jobs, and/or creating our own businesses.We envision the existence of generational wealth by creating good jobs standards, and building schools to teach our culture, history, and civic engagement as part of the curriculum.  We want to see lifestyles of home ownership and safe neighborhoods.

Background Statement

The Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI) was founded in October 2012 by Brother Lo Banks, Priscilla Flint, and others because the advocates and activists saw the need to be the voice for the unemployed and the under employed of Boston residents, people of color and females as it relates to construction and permanent jobs in the City of Boston. BEJI organized dozens of residents, other community based organizations, the faith community, businesses and elected officials to come out and protest against injustices in the construction industry.

Our first protest was conducted in Dudley Square at the Ferdinand Municipal building,(which is now the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building) where we took a stand against major construction companies and fought for compliance around the Boston Resident Job Policy (BRJP) ordinance. The BRJP ordinance states that there should be 50% Boston Residents, 25% people of color and 10% females.

BEJI protested at several other construction sites in East Boston, China Town, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to bring awareness of the injustice that happens in communities of color in Boston. 

BEJI partnered with the Boston Jobs Coalition (BJC) to bring about a change as it relates to construction and permanent jobs. Since its inception, BEJI has worked with several organizations to help them bring attention to the unjust and unfair labor practices from East Boston to Roxbury.

Our latest protest was against The Madison Park/Tropical foods construction site in Roxbury. Due to the deception that was present around the wages of the construction workers on the Madison Park/ Tropical foods construction site that led us to lead the major action that asked the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan over Sight Committee (RSMPOC) to adopt our Good Job Standards.

April 6, 2015, the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee adopted our Good Job Standards. We are currently working with John Barros Chief Economic Officer for the City of Boston and the Boston Resident Jobs Policy office on two issues. The first is getting the Good Jobs Standards enforced in Roxbury, and then City Wide.


Impact Statement

BEJI created the Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission, A coalition of community residents and stakeholders who are working together to ensure the community has a say in the development that is going on along the Blue Hill Ave. corridor. We worked with the Boston Jobs Coalition, and the Mayor of Boston to get a new Boston Resident Job Policy (BRJP) Ordinance voted by all Boston City Councilor. This new ordinance will allow for better enforcement of this ordinance. We are also working with Suffolk Construction and Wynn Resort to get residents from our community on to the Wynn Resort Project in Everett, MA. In partnership with four (4) of our City Councilors we conducted a grant writing class. We are creating space in our new facility to have a Ujamaa Mart Bazaar (cooperative economics) every Saturday in the month of February.  In partnership with the Mass Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) we will be having our 1st time home buyers classes March 11 and 18 of this year.  We will also be providing financial literacy workshops and we are continuing to establish a Civic Engagement Academy.  We will also be providing Grant Writing classes in May or June of  this year. We also have two radio programs on Boston Praise Radio and TV every Thursday from 8:00am-10:00am on 102.9 fm.  8-9 is the "BEJI Report and from 9-10 "People Power with Priscilla". These broadcast brings community residents, elected officials and businesses on the air to educate and inform the community of the work we are doing and also informs the community of meetings, rallies, public hearings and town halls meetings that will help the community get more involved in what is happening in our community and how we can work together to make change.

Needs Statement

BEJI is in need of finances as well as volunteers. We want to expand our programs and we need more capacity.  If we had $10,000 we could hire a part-time organizer to work with us to build up our Civic Engagement Academy. For the past two years we have been training our youth on voter education, registration and mobilization.  We now have the space to bring more young people in to educate them and have them learn from the work we do.  These funds would also allow us to increase our outreach for our Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission.

CEO Statement

As the Executive Director and co-founder of the Black Economic Justice Institute, I am very compassionate about my community. Having been born and raised in Boston, I have witness unfairness and inequality in my community for a long time.  As the former Executive Director of the Greater Roxbury Workers Association, (co-founded by Chuck Turner and Herb (Aku ) Jackson) I have worked for over 30 years making sure Boston residents, people of color and females get good jobs.  Having lost a son in 2002 to senseless violence I realize if the young man who killed my son had a good paying job, he may not have been out that night robbing and killing my son.  I am committed to the work BEJI is doing because I can see change come as we organize our community. With the help of the community, we have been able to stop a liquor store from opening in the Grove Hall Area. We have had the Stop and Shop shut down because of the evidence of rodents in the store and was promised several changes to the store including its management and scholarship for youth in the Dorchester area. We also were able to help a developer get approved to build a laundromat on his property on Blue Hill Ave.  I am committed to this work, and I hope to see our organization grow.  Our organization sits on the Access and Opportunities board for the gaming commission.  We also monitor several of the construction sites in our community.  This work allows us to hold ourselves, our elected officials, our clergy and our community accountable for the conditions of our neighborhoods.  

Board Chair Statement

  • The Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI) is an organization that really cares about their community and has proven that they can organize their community around issues that are important to them.  They have led several demonstrations against developers and contractors that do not adhere to the Boston Resident Job Policy (BRJP) They worked in collaboration with the Boston Jobs Coalition (BJC) to get the Mayor of Boston to submit a new BRJP ordinance that was voted on by the City Council.  They have worked with several communities in Boston, China Town, Roxbury, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester.  They believe that if community is at the table, community can make change.  I volunteer with them because I see their potential and I have witnessed them make change and hold themselves as well as their elected officials accountable.  I am proud to be their Board Chair and I hope to see them prosper. 

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
BEJI services Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale, Hyde Park, and Jamaica Plain, however we also work with organizations in China town, and East Boston.  

Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Job Training
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Children's Rights
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Economic Development

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission

The Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission is a program we created through a grant from TSNE.  The commission was created because the community saw a need to be at the development table to ensure the community along the Blue Hill Ave Corridor had a say about what was going to happen in the future around development and displacement.  
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Adults Blacks, African Heritage Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 2017, this project will be recognize by the City of Boston as a legal entity that developers will have to engage with before they receive final approval for building. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success will be when we as the Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission create a project that will bring Economic Development to the Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods. If approved this project will bring great financial opportunity for the communities that live, work, worship and play along this corridor.
Program Success Monitored By  We will create surveys, hold monthly meetings as well as attend other meetings that will have an impact on the corridor. We will employ some interns to do research studies and reach out to businesses, faith based organizations, schools, community based organizations and community residents to get their feedback, input, analysis and approval to the direction we will be heading in.
Examples of Program Success  We need to see home ownership increase from 10% to 35% for people of color.  We will measure this by continuing our relationship with Mass Affordable Housing Alliance and One United Bank.  This will help us see how many people have been able to stay in Boston and not be displaced by increasing rents.  Boston has been named the number 1 in income inequality and the number 1 most gentrifying City in the United States.  MIT report states if a person is not making at least $17.50 per hour in Boston, they will need food stamps and help with their medical needs.  Rents in Boston are rising so much that a family of four would have to have an average income of $60,000.00 plus to continue to live here. Because of housing cost burden for renters, people are now using over 50%  of their household income to stay in Boston.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The most challenge we have is capacity and funding.  We have a lot of things, we would like to do, but cannot because of capacity. However our Board of Directors and our members contribute to our organizing and have really helped bring this organization to where it is today.  We have stated some of our victories, however we have had disappointments as well.  We had our first Appreciation and fundraiser Banquet on October 8, 2016 and we did not make a lot of money, however it was our first one, and we were happy that we were able to honor some of our community leaders who helped us get to where we are.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Larry Banks
CEO Term Start Oct 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Larry Banks (Brother Lo) was the Executive Director for the Greater Roxbury Workers Association where he worked to help  bring people of color, Boston Residents and females to construction jobs.  He was a pile driver for local 57.  He has owned 2 photography and video studios.  His compassion for his community has allowed him to lead several demonstrations around the injustices of people of color.  He teaches and educate our youth around voter education, voter registration and voter mobilization.
Co-CEO Ms. Priscilla E Flint-Banks
Co-CEO Term Start Oct 2014
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience Priscilla Flint-Banks, worked in Banking, and she worked for the City of Boston as the Payroll Manager for over 15 years.  She is the author of the book, "I Look Back and Wonder How I got Over.  She is a founding member of Mothers for Justice and Equality, the Leadership Forum and the Black Economic Justice Institute.  Ms. Banks also worked for Mass Affordable Housing Alliance.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

We are in collaborations with Action for Regional Equity, Boston Jobs Coalition, Jobs not Jails, Boston Praise Radio and TV Networks, Mass Association Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Jobs with Justice

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our most challenging issues are capacity and funding.  We are a small organization that has done a lot of work in our community, however we can not hire people we need because we do not have the funding.  It is difficult however because we are committed to this work, we continue to stay in the struggle.  We have been blessed to be able to work with people who support our work and help us when they can.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Sarah Ann Flint
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Jan 2019
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Priscilla E Flint-Banks
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2015 - Oct 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Frank Alfred NS Contracting Voting
Mr. Larry Banks Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Sheila Blalock Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Linda Edge Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Becky hobbs NS Contracting Voting
Mr. Kenny Johnson Mission Hill Family Collaboration Voting
Mr. Terrance Williams Mighty Mission Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Damian Oquendo Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Brittney Riveria -- Voting

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Mukyia Baker-Gomez Retired NonVoting
Mr. Anthony Banks Mass General Hospital NonVoting
Ms. Melonie Griffiths Jobs with Justice NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advocacy
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As stated previously, our major challenges are funding and capacity.  We are community based and community led.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $125,000.00
Projected Expense $125,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Forms 990

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Total Revenue $52,240 -- --
Total Expenses $51,712 -- --

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Corporation Contributions
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Individual Contributions $52,240 -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

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Program Expense $51,712 -- --
Administration Expense -- -- --
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Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

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Total Assets $6,778 -- --
Current Assets $528 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $6,778 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

2015 was the first year we filed tax returns.  We were incorporated in 2014 and had a fiscal sponsor until we received our 501(c)3 status in September of 2015

Foundation Comments

This nonprofit is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in 2015. As such, only one full year of financial data is posted above and is per the IRS Form 990-EZ.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

 Our organization hopes to assist the community in which we work to be gainfully employed in the construction and permanent jobs industries. We are working with Developers, Contractors, Community Development Corporation and City and State elected officials to ensure policy is in place for Boston residents to get good jobs with Good Job Standards. Long term success is when we see 50% Boston Residents, 50% People of Color and 25% females on all or most of these construction sites. When we people from our community working and not be gentrified out of our community.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategies are to organize our community around the issues and concerns they have. That is the only way we know how to bring everyone together. We have created a work plan in which we will reach out to the community by door to door canvassing, phone banking, meeting people at T-Stops, visiting churches. This is being done to bring awareness and attention to the many issues that plague our neighborhoods. Because we sit on different boards and coalition, this helps us learn more about what we have to do to make real change.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

BEJI has an active Board of Directors that works closely with us to make our organization move. We have two young adults working with us currently and we have one mature worker and one assistant. However we have a lot of volunteers, and community activist that work with us and support us and have been a part of our organization since its inception. Although our budget is small, the work we do matters and we have been fortunate to partner with organizations like the Boston Jobs Coalition, City Life, Mass Affordable Housing Alliance, Greater Four Corners Action Committee, New England United 4Justice, Mass Vote and other organizations. We support them and they support us. We have people who have expertise in a variety of skill sets, and we work together to help each other. We support them in rallies, hearings, community meetings and demonstrations.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We will know if we are making progress by how many people have gotten employed by our efforts.  We will know if we are making progress by how many people we can get to come out and support the work we are doing.  We have been able to stop liquor stores. Community members filled the hearing room and testified why they did not want or need another liquor store in the Grove Hall area.  It may seem like a small issue, but looking at the conditions of our community, we know it was victory for us.  We helped close a supermarkets (Stop and Shop in Grove Hall) because of rodents and unhealthy food.  We also advocated  for a developers of color who wanted to build on his own land.  We have had a new ordinance that we rewrote  and had it voted on and we are now in the enforcement stages. 

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

One of our long-term goals was to get the new ordinance approved.  We believed that with a new ordinance, it would allow more Boston residents, people of color and females on construction jobs and permanent jobs.  We know enforcement of this new ordinance is important to it being successful. We are in collaboration with several like minded organizations, and the ultimate goal for us is to see our communities grow and prosper.  As we work with several organizations and residents around the Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission, we realize that it is a hard battle to fight.  We are under funded, under staffed and over work, but we know we have to keep fighting for our children and our children's children.  We have been on the inside and the outside of government and we are working with other agencies to assist them as they assist us.  What we know works is when community gets together and fight for a cause, we win.  Being separated in working in silos does not work.  Having the correct information works. Having researchers who know the ins and outs and are willing to dig deep for the answers helps.  We need people who have the expertise.  We have change some of the things we are doing, however with the right capacity we can achieve our goals.  Another one of our goals is to establish a Civic Engagement Academy.  For the past two years, we have been working with our young people to educate them around civic engagement.  One of the risks and obstacles exist is capacity. We are currently building a street team to go out and door knock and bring the information to our community.