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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.
1. Important legislative call this week! Take action for ending Mass Incarceration
Make one call to your Representative to Support Bold Criminal Justice Reform
- Why right now? Those working for criminal justice reform have developed proposals for the House and Senate, many of which will likely be combined into one package bill. From 9/18-9/28, House Judiciary Chair Claire Cronin is talking with every house member to learn what reform bills they will support. Our role is to raise enthusiasm for the concept of broad and ambitious criminal justice reform. What Rep. Cronin really needs to hear is that lots of state reps are inclined to support a package bill that she brings forward, and they want her to make it strong and ambitious. She and her staff will include more if they get the message that state reps are broadly enthusiastic about a strong reform package. And state reps are more likely to give that message if they hear it from their constituents—i.e., us!
- Who to call and what to say:Please call your state rep and let them know you want bold criminal justice reform to pass this session. Find your representative HERE.
Find an overview of what's happening and a short call script HERE. You don't need to be knowledgeable on specific bills - at this point in the process the End Mass Incarceration Together Team, along with our Criminal Justice Coalition members are just trying to elevate criminal justice reform as a priority. House Judiciary Committee Chair Claire Cronin needs to hear this message and she, in turn, will get this message to House Speaker DeLeo.
2. How to Be an Effective Citizen Lobbyist
With State Senator Cindy Friedman and Colleen Kirby
When: Monday, September 18, 7-9 pm
Where: 630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington - First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington (vestry)
Would you like to learn more about how to make your voice heard and influence government decisions? Join us for a conversation with State Senator Cindy Friedman and Colleen Kirby, the Criminal Justice Legislative Specialist for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and a member of First Parish Arlington’s Mass Incarceration Working Group.
This free program is sponsored by First Parish Arlington’s Mass Incarceration Working Group and is open to all.
3. The Fight to Save TPS Continues! Educational briefing about the Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
When: Wednesday September 20th - 11 am
Where: Massachusetts State House, Room 350
Event organized by Centro Presente and sponsored by State Representative Christine P. Barber and State Representative Adrian Madaro.
Centro Presente is advocating for the maintenance of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of more than 300,000 Central American and Haitian immigrants in the U.S. living and working under this program.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status that provides employment authorization and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries.
There are approximately 186,403 Salvadorans, 70,281 Hondurans, and 46,558 Haitians who currently hold a valid grant of TPS, for a total of approximately 300,000 individuals.
Deporting all Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS holders would cost taxpayers $3.1 billion dollars. Ending TPS for these three countries would result in a $6.9 billion reduction to Social Security and Medicare contributions over a decade.
In the case of Central Americans and Haitians, TPS was granted following natural disasters. Ending TPS will return thousands of families to these countries, two of which are among the deadliest countries in the world after Syria.
As part of our campaign SAVE TPS NOW! Centro Presente, has produced a video to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining TPS and fighting for a permanent residence.
Help us to raise awareness and SHARE this video!
4. Shifting the Narrative & ART-ivism: On Immigrant Workers
When: Wednesday September 20th - 6-8 pm
Where: Mass. Jobs with Justice 375 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
Join us for a communications training on the “Battle of the Story” on Immigration and immigrant workers and an inaugural conversation on art and activism on immigration! We will be collecting resources and ideas and setting up Art workshops on screenprinting, puppet making, Altares, etc.
5. Dorchester Standout for Black Lives
When: Thursday September 21, 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Ashmont T station plaza
Join Dorchester People for Peace to hold a "We Believe that Black Lives Matter" banner and signs, and hand out fliers. Please join us; all are welcome! Contact:
6. Organizing Platica/Talk with Vermont Migrant Justice
When: Thursday September 21, 6-8 pm
Where: Mass. Jobs with Justice, 375 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
Join Vermont-based human rights organization Migrant Justice for a stop on its "Human Rights Cannot Wait Tour." Migrant Justice will inform the public about the human rights concerns facing dairy workers in Vermont, and the innovative steps they are taking to improve conditions.
7. Nonviolent Civil Disobedience (NVCD) and the Age of Antifa
When: Thursday, September 28, 7-9 pm
Where: First Parish in Brookline, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA
Please join us in a critical conversation regarding recent visibility of NVCD along with Antifa protests. From Charlottesville to Boston, peaceful protest strategies included alignment with the historical anti-fascism group known as Antifa. We will discuss the following questions:
- What is the legacy of Antifa?
- What role does it play in the BLM Movement and beyond?
- What role does it play in combating white supremacy?
- How do we understand the spectrum of strategic resistance?
- Join others in this courageous and critical conversation.
- Help to debunk myths, deepen your own, and share in respectful conversation about this important topic.
This is a free event, but just so we can anticipate the number of people, please register: