Racial and Immigration Justice: Take Action This Week

We encourage you to save this link and check it early in the week. Action opportunities will be posted on the website each Monday.

In these especially challenging times it can be overwhelming to decide how to make a difference. The Diversity Caucus wants to help FPB members increase our collective impact in the critical work of racial and immigration justice and, at the same time, build supportive community.

For more information, contact Martha Leader or Almas Dossa.


1. Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series

Co-sponsored by First Church UU of Jamaica Plain Social Justice Action Committee and the Theodore Parker Church, West Roxbury.

Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

Schedule:

Friday, February 23, 7:30 pm: I am Not Your Negro (if you would like to go with other people from First Parish in Brookline email Martha Leader at )
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 pm: The Canary Effect
Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm: 13th

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2. A Five-Point Plan for the 21st Century with Chuck Turner

When: Wednesday, February 22, 6 pm

Where: Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren Street, Roxbury

Join the Boston Ujima Project community for the second lecture in their #BlackTrust lecture series! Former Boston City Councilor, Chuck Turner, will share his five-point plan for the 21st century, covering housing, income, education, public safety, and industrial hemp in the new economy.

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3. Creating Safe Communities Everywhere

When: Monday, February 26, 7 pm

Where: Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St, Quincy

Senator Jamie Eldridge, Senate Sponsor of the Safe Communities Act, will speak about the importance of creating safety for all who live in our community, as well as communities across our Commonwealth.

The Safe Communities Act:

  • Ends police participation in civil immigration enforcement
  • Protects public safety and public health.
  • Allows police to focus on fighting crime
  • Prohibits 287(g) agreements that deputize law enforcement personnel as ICE agents.
  • Ensures basic due process for immigrants held in our state and local facilities.
  • Prohibits state support for any Muslim registry.
  • Conforms to federal law. The bill contains several provisions ensuring compliance with federal law.

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4. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day with speaker, Bree Newsome - the activist who climbed the flagpole in S.Carolina and pulled down the Confederate flag

When: Wednesday, February 21, 5-6:30 pm

Where: Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley Hills, MA

Bree Newsome is a contemporary civil rights activist who garnered national attention for a daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C., Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Newsome brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.

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5. Call to Support Primary Caretakers legislation!

The Conference Committee is currently considering language written by formerly incarcerated moms to allow more parents to receive alternative community-based sentences. Families for Justice as Healing has engaged in this organizing effort for more than 2 years. Now it's crunch time. Please make time to place a few critically important phone calls!

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6. Support those targeted by ICE, those in detention and their families

  • Jose: Contribute to legal fees and rent for José and his wife Jessica in a time of grief. To help with his bail, contact .
  • Jessica & Pedro: Contribute to legal fees and rent - they have $530 left of their goal!
  • German: has been an organizer supporting other detainees inside South Bay and needs $2500 for legal fees. Donate through venmo @Rachie-Lewis, make a note for "German" in the comment section.

7. A Five-Point Plan for the 21st Century with Chuck Turner

When: Thursday, February 22, 6 pm

Where: Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren Street, Roxbury

Join the Boston Ujima Project community for the second lecture in their #BlackTrust lecture series! Former Boston City Councilor, Chuck Turner, will share his five-point plan for the 21st century, covering housing, income, education, public safety, and industrial hemp in the new economy.

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8. Interfaith Book Club and Discussion, Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland

When: Sunday, March 4, 3-5 pm

Where: Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland, 126 Boston Post Road, Wayland

Join us for discussion and fellowship with people of diverse faiths and backgrounds. This month’s book is: Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America, by Eboo Patel. (It is not required to have read the book to join the discussion.)

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