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. Two opportunities to join with our community partner, Chelsea Collaborative

Bring yourselves and your families to Las Posadas in Chelsea!

When: Tuesday, December 19, 5 pm

Where: Chelsea Collaborative, 318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150

For the fourth year in a row, The Chelsea Collaborative has invited us to join them in Chelsea for this very special holiday ritual. Las Posadas is a beloved Latin American tradition that recreates the perilous journey of Mary and Joseph, running from danger and seeking shelter. As we walk and sing together in solidarity with all immigrants and refugees, we will celebrate our partnership and raise awareness of all those who are seeking safety, justice and equity in our communities. All are welcome to this intergenerational event! People may wish to carpool.

Donate supplies for families arriving from Puerto Rico

When: Sunday, December 17

Where: Hospitality hour at First Parish (look for the table)

As they continue to take action in solidarity with communities in Puerto Rico, the Chelsea Collaborative is also seeking donations to welcome families from who are arriving in greater Boston. Members of the Immigration Justice Committee will receive with gratitude your contributions of new or gently used winter clothing for children and adults, school supplies, toiletries, diapers and other baby articles.

For more information on both of these, please contact Ellen and Tania of the IJC (, ).

2. Act to support immigrants - Join the network for accompaniment volunteers

When: Saturday, December 16, 11-1 pm

Where: First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street, Cambridge

Building Our Resistance: UU Mass Action, along with our faith partners and volunteers from other organizations, is continuing to build an expanded accompaniment network and is currently focusing on Greater Boston, as well as Burlington. This work is evolving and changing in response to the needs identified by our front-line partners. If you would like to be part of this network and have not already done so, please complete the on-line form.

Expanded accompaniment includes: accompanying immigrants to Federal Immigration Court, District Court, writing letters of support for bond hearings, and fundraising for emergency family support and legal fees. Work is continuing to strengthen our legal resources support, as well.

Please RSVP by sending an email to Peter Lowber:

3. Panel Discussion in commemoration of international Migrants Day - organized by our community partner Centro Presente and sponsored by Rep. Mike Connolly

When: Monday, December 18 at 11 am

Where: Massachusetts State House Library, Room 341, 24 Beacon Street, State House, Boston

On December 4, 2000, the U.N. General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world proclaimed Dec. 18 “international Migrants Day”. Join us in a conversation about the impact of the Trump administration’s policies in the Latin American region and in Massachusetts, as well as a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that the immigration community faces in making real social change. Panelists are:

  • Natalicia Tracy, Exec. Director of the Brazilian Worker Center
  • Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Exec. Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
  • Oscar A. Chacon, Co-Founder and Exec. Director of Alianza Americas
  • Patricia Montes, Exec. Director of Centro Presente will facilitate the conversation

4. Support Black Lives Matter Cambridge's Holiday Bailout!

Did you know that more than half of people held in jail have not been convicted of a crime, but are awaiting trial and can't afford bail? When a person can't pay bail, they can lose their job, housing, and even their kids. Black Lives Matter Cambridge and the MA Bail Fund are working to free as many people as possible this December to be home with their families for the holidays.

Learn more about how you can donate, fundraise, or volunteer

5. “Circle Up” Film Screening co-sponsored by thte Louis D Brown Peace Institute

When: Tuesday, December 12, 6-8 pm

Where: Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, 270 Columbia Rd., Dorchester

Free public screening of the documentary film Circle Up as part of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (SHVAM). The film tells the story of a group of Boston mothers who seek true justice for their sons' murders – justice that involves not revenge and mass incarceration but forgiveness, accountability, and community peace.

The 69-minute film will be followed by a community discussion facilitated by filmmaker Julie Mallozzi, film subjects Janet Connors and Clarissa Turner, and other survivors of homicide victims.

Event co-sponsored by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery.

6. Immigrant Rights Street Team Orientation with Jobs with Justice

When: Tuesday, December 12, 6-8 pm

Where: Jobs With Justice, 375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Learn more about all of the immigrant rights projects we’re working on and opportunities for you to take action, as well as build community.