BOSTON –State Senator Nick Collins recently sponsored an amendment to the annual Supplemental Budget in the Massachusetts State Senate which allocated $200,000 to the Boston Chapter of the NAACP for the National NAACP convention to be hosted in Boston next year. The amendment was unanimously adopted.

“We want to thank Senator Nick Collins for his leadership in the Senate and his partnership with the NAACP Boston Branch,” said Tanisha Sullivan, President of the NAACP Boston Branch. “The Senate’s action represents a critical and noteworthy step in bringing the necessary resources to bear to ensure that the 2020 NAACP Convention hosted by the Boston Branch is a success and shows the best of Commonwealth. This step would not be have been possible without the bipartisan support of Senate President Karen Spilka and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and the partnership of Senator Jamie Eldridge with Senator Collins resulting in unanimous passage by the Senate of this amendment.”

The monies will be used for preparation and execution of the 111th National NAACP Convention. The NAACP, a civil rights group focused on the success of African-Americans, was founded in 1909 by prominent Massachusetts Native, W.E.B. DuBois. Their mission is “”to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” Boston hosted one of the first NAACP conventions in 1911.

 “At this pivotal time in our Nation, I am thrilled to be able to play a part in ensuring a robust National Convention of the NAACP here in Boston,” said Senator Nick Collins. “As we all continue to grapple with legacies of discrimination, health disparities, and economic inequality, hosting this convention is an opportunity to contribute to the conversation around race, equity, and environmental justice with civil rights leaders from all over the country.”

The closeout supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2019 passed by the Senate also includes:

  • $10M for the creation of low-income housing units through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • $9.9M for nursing home facility rates
  • $5.7M for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
  • $5M for gun violence prevention grants