La Colaborativa has dedicated itself to grassroots leadership development and citizen mobilization for nearly three decades and the long-term impacts of this work can now be seen in our city of Chelsea, which is a leader in many ways in terms of civic participation, voter mobilization, and community education. In a city that is largely made up of immigrants, people of color, and low-income residents, we have bucked the trends by creating safe spaces for all voices to be heard and all members of our community to be involved in shaping our city.      

We support our members to identify and address the social and economic justice issues impacting their lives. The importance of civic engagement and the power of organizing as a united front is a cornerstone of our mission and day-to-day work. 


Current Organizing Campaigns

Housing Justice

La Colaborativa partners with local and statewide coalitions to advocate for policy changes that will increase housing security and justice for our community. Key organizing campaigns that are ongoing focus on:

The Right to Counsel (RTC)

La Colaborativa is the lead grassroots organization in the Massachusetts Right to Counsel Coalition, working to expand access to free legal counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction. More than 90% of tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction are unrepresented, while more than 80% of landlords go to housing court with an attorney. RTC legislation would level the playing field and help more families avoid the trauma and long-term housing consequences of eviction.


Voting Rights

Reclaim The Vote 


Voter Education & Engagement 

Immigrant Rights

Drivers Licenses 

ICE Enforcement

Workers Rights

Wage Theft 

Youth Organizing for Educational Rights

Our youth RIOT Squad has made it their mission for 2023 to end educational inequity for Chelsea students. This includes passing bills that make vocational school admissions policies more equitable and ensures the same educational access and benefits for students of all backgrounds.

Organizing News

Hear from Gladys Vega on the Giving Done Right Podcast

Hear from Gladys Vega on the Giving Done Right Podcast

In the season 3 premiere of Giving Done Right, La Colaborativa Executive Director Gladys Vega talks with hosts Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette about our community, the pandemic, and what it truly means to have "boots on the ground." She discusses La Colaborativa’s...

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