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. “Embodying Equity:” A Black Lives Matter Boston Fundraiser

When: Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm

Where: First Parish in Brookline, Pierce Hall, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA

Please join us for an inspirational evening of activist theater and poetry. Two acclaimed theatre artists, Neiel Israel and D. Farai Williams will perform. Neiel Israel is a vocalist and arts educator and seven-time National Slam Poet. D. Farai Williams is Founder and Facilitator with Dynamizing Equity and Idjeli Theater Works.

(Tickets: $35. No one will be turned away for lack of funds (please contact for more information).

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2. G.R.A.C.E. Webinar: The Richness and Challenge of the Journey

When: Thursday, April 19, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Online Event

Facilitated by the New England Region G.R.A.C.E. Team (Growing Racial and Cultural Equity). Learn one New England congregation's story about remaining gracefully engaged in the work of anti-racism, racial justice and multiculturalism -- and share your congregation's story. Free event!

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3. Come to the Detention Center Prayer Vigil!

When: Sunday, April 29, 2-3 pm

Where:  Suffolk County House of Detention, 20 Bradston Street, Boston

Let immigrants being held in detention know that they are not forgotten!

UU Mass Action and Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester are organizing this vigil. Let’s have a strong UU Turnout!!

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4. Come to International Workers Day!

When: Tuesday, May 1, 4 pm

Where:  4:00 PM Liberty Park, East Boston
4:30 PM Chelsea City Hall
5:30 PM Glendale Park (Elm St) Everett (Main Event)

Our Immigrant leaders and partners are calling faith communities to Action! Please plan on coming and bring a group of friends from your congregation!

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5. Forum with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team: West Roxbury / Roslindale Interfaith Conversations on Race

When: Tuesday, May 1, 7-8:30 pm

Where:  Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury

The event brings Boston Globe reporters Nicole Dungca, Liz Kowalczyk, and Adrian Walker to discuss the recent Globe Spotlight series, “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.” Come to hear the reporters and to dialogue with neighbors and friends on the critical issues of race in our daily lives.

This Forum is the most recent in a series of West Roxbury / Roslindale Interfaith Conversations on Race, co-sponsored by Holy Name Church, Stratford Street Church, Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, and Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church.

Open to the public. Free. Tickets required:

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6. First Parish in Bedford – Sanctuary Benefit Celebration!

When: Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Where:  First Parish in Bedford, 75 Great Road, Bedford

You’re invited to benefit for our sanctuary for immigrants in fear of deportation. Rev. Billy and 20 members of the Stop Shopping Choir will be with us. Rev. Billy is somewhat indescribable: part high-energy ecstatic theatre, part politics, part non-sectarian all-inclusive religion. THEY ARE AMAZING! They’re performers from New York City who got their start in the anti-consumerist movement but have expanded far beyond.

$10 / no one turned away.

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7. Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series Presents: 13th

When: Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm

Where:  First Parish Church, Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain

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

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

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