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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. Lobby Day to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals that hold it
Join First Parish members to support the work of our partner organization, Centro Presente.
When: Wednesday July 26, 10 am-1 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston
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.
In the next two years, the current Administration, through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will consider whether to extend designations of TPS for all nationals that currently hold it.
We are urging our state policy makers to use their leadership role to send a positive message to the Department of Homeland Security, to ensure that TPS remains in effect for the more than 300,000 TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua currently living in the U.S. This is quite literally an issue of life or death for many of these individuals.
If you would like to attend Lobby Day with a First Parish in Brookline member, you can text Jody Leader at 617-947-1974, and be sure to include your name. She will leave Brookline village T stop for Park Street at 10:15 a.m.
For more information contact: Patricia Montes, Centro Presente at (617) 483-2937.
2. These calls for immigration justice continue to be important.
The links provided will guide you.
- Safe Communities Act: If you didn't get a chance yet, please call your state Senator and Rep and ask them to sign on to the letter of support to the Committee Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. All the info and script is available here. The Safe Communities Act will protect the health, civil rights and safety of all state residents in a time of unprecedented targeting of immigrants. The bill had overwhelming support at its June 9 hearing (attended by many First Parish in Brookline congregants) and is now awaiting action by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Information and Script
- Stop Francisco's deportation: We are demanding that Francisco Rodriguez not be deported and be immediately released from ICE detention. Calls & emails are still needed and helping! There is a special request for calls to Gov Baker & donations to Francisco's family.
Information to contact ICE and elected officials
3. Listen to Black Lives Matter Boston Radio Program
When: Every week on Thursday at 7 pm
Where: Listen live online (only available live)
Black Lives Matter Boston hosts a radio show featuring members of the black community in Boston who are doing amazing things.
4. Housing Justice organizing in Boston: Film Screening and Updates on the Fight Against Displacement in the Washington St Corridor (JP/ROX)
When: Friday July 28, 7:30 pm
Where: The Space, 128 Brookside, Jamaica Plain
Join us to watch a film together, build community and hear updates about the organizing in the Washington St Corridor in JP / Rox. Residents and community groups are fighting back against displacement on many fronts - come and hear how you can support the fight for real affordable housing and racial justice.
5. Take a class: White People Challenging Racism: moving from talk to action
When: Five Mondays, July 31 to August 28, 5:45-7:45 pm
Where: Dudley Branch – Boston Public Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury
Facilitators: Lavette Coney and Michelle Chalmers.
Suggested Donation $80—Scholarships Available—All Welcome
6. Movement for Immigrant Rights Workshop
When: Monday, July 31, 6-7:30 pm
Where: 375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
Learn more about the past and present of the ongoing struggle for the rights of immigrants in the US. From ending deportations to defending immigrant workers’ rights on the job, find out how you can join the fight! Hosted by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice.
7. Systematic Racism & The Legacy of Education (five-week course)
When: Starting Monday August 7, 6:30 pm
Where: 30 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This five-week course is designed to support educators, teachers, parents, administrators, para-professionals, after-school staff, and related service providers, to understanding the systems at play enforcing racism from internal bias to ideology.