Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Will Honor U.S. Representative Jim McGovern at Event on November 4th

October 28, 2019

Rep. McGovern to be recognized with Catalyst for Change Award for his work on behalf of people living in poverty & his leadership in promoting human rights

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) will honor U.S. Representative Jim McGovern as the recipient of its 5th Annual Catalyst for Change Award at an annual event on November 4th. MLRI is a nationally recognized nonprofit poverty law and policy center that advocates to advance laws, policies and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. Rep. Jim McGovern will be honored for his leadership on human rights issues, and his work to advance policies that help people in poverty, particularly his leadership to end hunger in America.  Rep. McGovern has served the people of Massachusetts’ 2nd Congressional District since 1996.

“Our mission is to fight for initiatives that provide low-income people in Massachusetts a life of dignity and stability,” said Executive Director of MLRI, Georgia Katsoulomitis. “Rep. McGovern has been a powerful voice on behalf of our nation’s most vulnerable people: low-income families, children, seniors, immigrants, veterans, people with disabilities. A relentless anti-hunger advocate, he has fought against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known food stamps), child nutrition programs, and other critical supports that provide a safety net for people struggling with poverty and income insecurity. He has been a champion for social justice and human rights, and a crusader—indeed, a catalyst—for change that has improved the lives of millions of people.”

“Rep. Jim McGovern is the quintessential anti-hunger champion of Massachusetts and the nation,” said Patricia Baker, MLRI Sr. Policy Advocate and chair of the statewide Food/SNAP Coalition. “Without him, millions of Americans would not have food on the table, would not succeed in school, at work, or be able to age in their homes with dignity.  As Congressman McGovern says, ‘hunger is a political issue and we can fix it.’ The Massachusetts anti-hunger community is profoundly grateful to him for his tenacious fight to end hunger, and to keep SNAP and child nutrition programs strong.”

In January 2019, Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi named Rep. McGovern the Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee during the 116th Congress. He is a senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Oversight. He also serves as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and is the Democratic Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission – both of which monitor, investigate and advocate on behalf of international human rights, the rule of law, and good governance.

“I am beyond grateful to receive this award,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “The leadership and vision of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is an inspiration to us all. When it comes to lifting up disadvantaged people and communities, MLRI doesn’t just talk the talk – they walk the walk. Their groundbreaking work on behalf of equality, justice, and the dignity of every person has made our Commonwealth a better place. I am proud to fight alongside them and support their work every step of the way.”

MLRI’s 2019 Catalyst for Chance Event, where the organization will issue the Catalyst for Change award, will be held in Boston on November 4th. To learn more about the event, please visit MLRI’s website.  MLRI was founded in 1968 as the statewide poverty law and policy center in Massachusetts. MLRI works together with its advocacy and community partners, in order to lead initiatives that benefit low-income people of Massachusetts. The organization has given out the Catalyst for Change award for five consecutive years to honor leaders who work to make a positive impact on the people of Massachusetts, who have empowered and provided a voice for low income, vulnerable or marginalized people, and who have stood out as champions of fairness and justice for all.


About the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a nonprofit poverty law and policy center. It provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. MLRI advances its mission through legal initiatives and policy reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity, and create a path to economic stability for low-income individuals, families, and communities.  For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@MassLawReform) and Facebook.


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