Dear Ujima Members,

Thank you for voting, volunteering, and spreading the word about our 2021 Citywide Investment Plan Vote! This February, we launched the ballot, featuring 75 businesses, at our virtual Citywide Assembly. Voting on this ballot closed on May 7, 2021— a ten-week voting period.

Quorum for Ujima is 50% plus 1 of all voting members. During this voting period, we had 352 eligible voters making a quorum of 177. 73 voting members casting their ballot, 20% of the total eligible voters. This means we did not reach quorum for this vote.

As a result, we will not have a Citywide Investment Plan for 2021. We will discuss the future of this list of businesses, as well as other lists that have been generated, at our #UjimaWednesdays Meeting on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00PM. This #UjimaWednesdays, Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00PM, we will conduct a debrief, where we will go over feedback that we received on the ballot, introduce our Member Voting Debrief form, as well as dig a little deeper into what the results mean. Please use the links above to RSVP for #UjimaWednesdays.

Additionally, we will release a FUBU (For Ujima By Ujima) wrap-up video that will further explore our process, results of the ballot, and other learnings from our vote.

Even though we will not have a Citywide Investment Plan for 2021, we have plenty to keep us busy! We have our three live Investment Plans: 1. Dorchester, 2. Mattapan, and 3. Roxbury. We’ve been working on these plans over the past year, connecting the businesses on these lists to our Care Fund as well as leading them through the Ujima Good Business Alliance application process. We have some exciting announcements around the corner!

Moreover, we have another opportunity for you to name BIPOC businesses you love in your neighborhoods and across Boston, your Personalized Investment Plan (available in your member portal). Our goal is that every Voting Member creates a Personalized investment Plan, which will feed our Neighborhood and Citywide Investment Plans in the future.

We thank you for your votes, and please be in touch with questions, comments, and ideas!

— The Ujima Team