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Soccer Craze Continues with First Justice Cup

Photo Courtesy: Western Mass Jobs with Justice

Photo Courtesy: Western Mass Jobs with Justice

HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) — The soccer craze isn’t slowing down any time soon. The first annual Justice Cup kicked off today in Holyoke.

Western Mass Jobs with Justice held the soccer tournament to raise awareness of economic justice in the area.

“We wanted to put on a soccer tournament with a twist. One that really invests in the community, the organizations and businesses that are trying to make a better world,” said Rose Bookeinder, the organizer of Western Mass Jobs with Justice.

The coalition seeks to protect the rights of working people and strengthen job security.

“No matter where you are, jobs with justice are really important. Jobs where people have a living wage, where they have rights, where they have power, where they feel empowered for themselves to speak up and organize,” said Andrew Stachiw, an advocacy board member of Pioneer Valley Workers Center.

This was the perfect way to get the word out. Soccer fans of all skill levels joined in on the fun. Beginners and competitive players came to show their support. Several other organizations and businesses in the Valley came to network as well.

“We’re trying to bring together a lot of different people from different avenues,” said Stachiw.

A new center called Pioneer Valley Workers Center will offer free classes for workers in the Pioneer Valley. It will train and educate workers on the importance of social justice in the workplace.

Proceeds from today’s event will go toward the coalition and Pioneer Valley Workers Center.

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