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.

Friends: please note that the first two items on this list are sponsored by a newly forming Brookline interfaith coalition that is joining together to strengthen our collective work on immigration solidarity. First Parish is hosting #1 below; the second is hosted at Temple Sinai. Centro Presente is a First Parish partner organization and the 4/30 event is an opportunity to deepen this relationship as well as those with other local faith communities.

1. Immigration Justice Film and Discussion

Hosted by First Parish in Brookline

When: Sunday, April 30, 3 pm

Where: First Parish in Brookline, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA, Lyon Chapel

A screening of Centro Presente’s short documentary, "The Invisible Crisis: The Female Face of Forced Migration" and a conversation with immigrant rights organizers Jennifer Hernandez and Patricia Montes (Executive Director of Centro Presente).

According to Centro Presente, “one group of women perhaps with the most to lose under a Trump Presidency are the women migrants fleeing violence and social instability in their home countries. Victims of systemic human rights abuses in their countries of origin, they come to the U.S. seeking to survive and to save the lives of their children. Yet upon arrival to this ‘nation of immigrants’ they again see their human rights abused by a system that fails to recognize their plight and their humanity. Until now their stories have been invisible.”

Light refreshments will be served.

2. Brookline Rapid Response Network Training

When: Sunday, May 7, 2 - 5 pm

Where: Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline, MA 02446

Join our Immigration Justice Group and an interfaith coalition in Brookline to learn how to respond if an immigration raid happens in our area. Faith communities all across the country are preparing and responding to stepped up immigration enforcement activities. The purpose of “Rapid Response” is to call attention to ICE activity, to show immigrants and their families that they are not alone, and create greater public awareness of what’s happening.

Open to all in Brookline, Boston, and surrounding towns


For any questions, please contact James Shillaber or Tania Erlij.

3. Black Matters Boston presentation: The Power of Now - Where do we go from Here?

Hosted by First Parish in Brookline

When: Tuesday, May 6, 9 am - 1 pm

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

Rev. Karlene Griffiths-Sekou offers this Level 1 workshop as a follow up to her inspiring presentation at First Parish this February.

The current political moment in the United States presents some not so new challenges in immanent ways. There are real opportunities for resistance, growth, cultivating authentic and connecting relationships, and building collective power within a strong mass social movement.

This Level I Workshop will:

  1. Use personal stories, film, case study, and/or role play to build and strengthen participant conversations
  2. Offer a framework for interpreting historical and current racialized, ethnic, and religious social and political violences
  3. Discuss what it means to grow--From Ally to Solidarity: Turning Privilege into Power and how we can support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Open to the public by pre-registration for $35. Workshop fees will support Black Lives Matter Boston.

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4. Celebrate International Workers Day and support our immigrant communities

Two events, the first sponsored by Cosecha and the second by our partner organization The Chelsea Collaborative

Where: Maverick Square, East Boston

When: Monday, May 1, 9 am - 3 pm

The 1st Cosecha/Harvest Festival! We need to continue to demonstrate our power with "A Day Without Immigrants" - by NOT going to work, NOT going to school, and NOT buying anything. INSTEAD come and learn about Cosecha, and participate as a community with music, dance, art and many other fun activities. We have to show this country that it cannot function without immigrants. This is just the beginning of our fight for permanent protection, dignity, and respect!

Where: Two simultaneous marches begin from Everett City Hall and Maverick Square in East Boston. Both marches will end together in a peaceful rally and cultural act in front of Chelsea City Hall.

When: Monday, May 1, 4 pm

This year’s event is symbolically being held in the City of Chelsea, which became a sanctuary city in June of 2007. The resolution that was approved by Chelsea’s City Council states that the City of Chelsea respects all people irrespective of their race, ethnicity or immigration status. It also establishes that all Chelsea residents have the right to work without fear, receive fair wages, and access secure working conditions. The resolution concludes that unwarranted raids and consequential family separations will not be tolerated in Chelsea.

5. Sign petition for warrant article (resolution) for Racial Equity in Brookline

This year the Town of Brookline became a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). We are the first municipality in New England to join the City of Boston in signing on to GARE. A group of Brookline citizens has submitted a Warrant Article to formalize the Town of Brookline’s commitment to use the GARE tools and sustain the work on advancing racial equity in our community. Our goal is to make Brookline a community that welcomes and values all.

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6. Take a class: Confronting Systemic Racism

When: Thursdays, May 4 - June 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: Anti-Racism Collaborative, 30 JFK Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

This course will focus on how to bridge a deep understanding of personal and structural racism into commitments and a solid plan to move forward!

Please join us for a powerful 5-week course facilitated by local multi-racial faciliatators. All are welcome but please note the course takes an explicit view that transforming both ourselves and our society into a racially just place implicates a responsibility in white and privileged folks to engage in this work more robustly.

Tution is $70 per person. Sliding-scale need-based scholarships are available.

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7. Black and White Women: Reconciling Our Past Re-Defining Our Future

When: Sunday, May 7, 9 am - 5 pm

Where: Cambridge Centre for Adult Education

Despite best intentions, relationships between black and white women can be inauthentic, lacking empathy, depth, and mutual support. This full-day session should particularly benefit women seeking inspiration and connection across the black/white racial boundary as we move participants into and through difficult conversations about our shared past and the impact of our history with each other. We’ll identify historical and personal barriers to creating authentic cross-cultural relationships. This is a challenging all-day workshop designed to uncover unspoken tensions in order to move beyond them.

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Instructors: Debby Irving, Faith English

Register (by April 24th)