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. 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.

2. Call and email in opposition to Gov. Baker’s new bill that weakens immigration protections

Background: Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police and court officers in our state don’t have the legal authority to detain anyone solely on a civil immigration matter. It was a landmark decision standing up for civil rights and due process, which rejected the anti-immigrant policies that have stoked fear in our communities.

Then, on August 1st, Governor Baker filed a bill to allow police across the state to honor civil detainer requests from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for any “removable alien” deemed to pose a threat to public safety. But Police can already keep people who've committed dangerous crimes behind bars – by charging them with actual crimes. They can also notify ICE if someone serving time for a violent felony is about to get out of jail. Holding someone for ICE is an arrest - and an arrest without probable cause of a crime and due process is unconstitutional.

Here's how you can take action to stop this bill:

  1. Read and share this op-ed from The Boston Globe
  2. Call the Governor’s office at 617-725-4005 to register your opposition to the bill.
  3. Call or email your legislators and urge them to kill the bill and support the Safe Communities Act. Find your legislators here

3. Attend Dorchester Standout for Black Lives

When: Thursday, August 17, 5:30-630 pm

Where: Ashmont T station plaza, Dorchester (1900 Dorchester Avenue between Talbot Avenue & Dracut Street)

We will hold a big banner saying "We Believe that Black Lives Matter" and Black Lives Matter signs (including about a variety of issues that impact Black lives), and hand out fliers to pedestrians and drivers stopped at red lights.

4. Confronting Systemic Racism

A 5-week course - Move beyond talking about racism and oppression to finding ways to take action

When: Five Thursdays starting August 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

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

Tickets and Information

5. Harvest of Empire: Screening and Discussion

When: Sunday August 20, 3:00-6:00 pm

Where: ASEAN Auditorium at Tufts University, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

The Untold Story of Latinos in America: At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now, the film takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration.

This Film is Free - but please register here for tickets to ensure space is not sold out.

Register

6. Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest & Resistance Rally

When: Saturday August 19, 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Where: Boston Common (or meet at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston at 10 am and march together to the Common)

On Saturday, August 19th, White Nationalists are converging on Boston Common to reinforce their white supremacist ideology and attempt to intimidate queer and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, POC) communities.

As we have seen with the events in Charlottesville and around the country, white nationalists are emboldened by the current political administration and growing police state. Rallies and marches organized by white supremacists are more prevalent than in recent years, and—as always—it is the most marginalized who are left vulnerable.

Walk with us as we March to Boston Common and Rally for Black Lives, LGBTQI Lives, Palestinian Lives, Cape Verde Lives, Latino Lives, Jewish Lives, and all who are marginalized!

For questions call: (617) 652-0151 or e-mail or e-mail .

Coordinated by: Violence in Boston, Angie Camacho, BLM Network, BLM Cambridge, BLM Boston