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.
1. Boston Voices for Trade Justice
When: Wednesday, May 24, 7 - 9 pm
Where: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 14 Cushing Avenue, Dorchester
Behind the Strand Theatre. Free parking at Belden Sq. municipal lot. T bus lines: 41, 15, 16.
What’s at the root of political and economic migration? How does NAFTA affect immigrant communities in Boston?
A forum bringing together:
- Patricia Montes, Executive Director, Centro Presente: Impact of Trade Deals on Central America
- Pablo Ruiz, Director, Community Action, SEIU/ Raise up MA: Income Inequality in MA Larry Stoodt, Greater Boston Trade Justice: The NAFTA Connection
- Gabriel Camacho, Immigration Program Coordinator, AFSC: MA Legislative and Community Response
Sponsor: Greater Boston Trade Justice (see flyer for list of co-sponsors)
This is a free event.
2. Upstander Workshop, With True Story Theater
When: Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Parish Hall, First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, Newton
Learn how to support people targeted by bigotry. Workshop includes dramatically exploring the challenges of intervening, short presentations and handouts, and role plays. RSVP requested, but not required.
Refreshments & childcare provided. Facility is wheelchair accessible.
Free and open to the public. Donations welcomed.
Cosponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, Newton Human Rights Commission, First Unitarian Society in Newton, Temple Shalom, The Walker Center, The Protestant Chaplaincy Council, Just Peace Players, Newton Highlands Congregational Church, and West Suburban YMCA. Food donated by BJ's.
For more information, send an email.
3. Learn How To Be An Active Upstander, Not a Passive Bystander
When: Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (registration and refreshments starting at 5:15 pm)
Where: Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain
Join True Story Theater to develop skills to intervene if you witness identity-based harassment. As the Trump Administration continues its wave of racist, sexist, hateful, anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant sentiment, we all need to strengthen our skills to take concrete action to defend our Muslim friends, as well as all of the other communities that are directly impacted by Trump's policies.
4. Safe Communities Act
When: Friday, June 9, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Hearing Room A1/ A2
This hearing will be for this bill only. The hearing room has capacity for 200 people or so - but the plan is to fill the State House! We need to send a clear message of support for this bill and show up for vulnerable communities who are being subjected to oppression.
This bill will:
- Prohibit any support for a Muslim registry
- Ensure basic due process rights
- Ensure that police resources are used to fight crime, not separate families
- Prohibit collaboration agreements
- Uphold constitutional standards
- Conform to federal law
Let UU Mass Action know if you are coming to this hearing.
5. White Awake Beloved Community and Racial Justice
Public conversation, workshops, or gatherings to combat white supremacy and build beloved communities featuring Eleanor Hancock of White Awake.
When: June 2 - 4 (details below)
ELEANOR HANCOCK is the founder and director of White Awake, an online platform (and growing network) that links spiritual practice to anti-racism education and community building for white people. White Awake combats white supremacy by focusing on educational resources and spiritual practices designed to facilitate white people’s engagement in the creation of a just and sustainable society.
Supported by Tara Brach and Insight Community of Washington DC (IMCW), Eleanor offers consultation to spiritual and activist communities across the country, and presented at the "Buddhism and Race Conference" at Harvard Divinity School. Eleanor trained with Joanna Macy in facilitation of the "Work that Reconnects," serves on the Steering and Accountability Team of the DC Chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and contributes to work of the SURJ National Faith Leaders team.
Eleanor joins the Boston community of anti-racism activists and educators for a weekend of activities. We hope you can join us for one or more of the following: