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. Standout for Black Lives

When: Thursday, October 19, 5:30-6:30 pm

Where: Ashmont T Station plaza, corner of Dorchester Ave. and Ashmont St.

Take a stand against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights.

Hosted by Dorchester People for Peace.

2. 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.

3. Establishing Justice: Prayer & Vigil Against Muslim Ban 3.0

When: Tuesday, October 17, 6:30-7:30 pm

Where: Memorial Church of Harvard University, 378 Harvard Street, Apt. 1, Cambridge

RSVP

4. Out of Many, One: A teach-in & solidarity with the Boston Muslim community

When: Sunday, October 22, 2-4 pm

Where: Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline

Hosted by Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) and Temple Beth ZionTemple.

RSVP

5. Call/Email for Safe Communities Act this week

The Safe Communities Act lingers in committee: If you haven’t called or written to your legislators about the Safe Communities Act yet, please do it today. Just click here and you could be done in 1 minute.

Send an email now. You could be done in one minute.

6. Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform

On Thursday, October 12, Joint Committee on Judicary Senate Chair WillIam Brownsberger, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate leaders called a press conference and rally in support of the Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Bill, S.2170.

The next step is for the Senate to debate and vote on the bill, which is anticipated to happen on 10/19. The Senate bill will then go to the house, where ammendments are anticipated. Then, the bill is expected to go to the conference committee where a final version is the goal. The final step is the Governor. This process could potentially be complete by the legislative break on November 15th.

Resources:

View a list of those who presented at the rally

Read more information about the bill and Senator William Brownsberger’s analysis

What you can do

Send a letter of support to your senator and representative.

Template for your senator

Template for your representative

Don’t know who your State Senator is? Find their contact info

7. The famous Days in Solidarity with African People!

When: Tuesday, October 17, 7-9:30 pm

Where: First Baptist Church in JP, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Do you want to be part of history in the making? If Malcolm X was alive today, would you want to hear him speak? Come to the historic Day in Solidarity with African People, a free event in a national speaking tour coming to Boston on Oct 17th! Come hear Akile Anai, a 20-year old African woman straight from the working class, who ran for office in Florida on a platform of reparations to the Black community; as well as keynote speaker Chairman Omali Yeshitela, an internationally respected Black Power freedom fighter, also of the working class, and leader of the Uhuru Movement since nearly 50 years!

Uhuru Solidarity Movement is the organization of white people created by and accountable to the African People’s Socialist Party, organizing in the white community for reparations to African people and in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere.

Register

8. White Privilege Symposium on Cape Cod

When: Friday-Saturday, October 20-21

Where: Nauset Regional High School

eaders and Friends on Cape Cod, in partnership with The Privilege Institute, we are pleased to announce the White Privilege Symposium on Cape Cod. This landmark symposium will take place at Nauset Regional High School on Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21, 2017.

In keeping with the annual, national White Privilege Conference (WPC), the White Privilege Symposium examines the challenging concepts of diversity, power, privilege, leadership and oppression, focusing on issues of systemic inequity through empowering courageous, educational and action-oriented programming. All workshops, keynotes and institutes will provide practical tips, tools and strategies for combatting systemic inequities. We are excited about the theme of White Privilege Symposium on Cape Cod “Understanding & Challenging Privilege: One Ally at a Time." #Accountability4Action

The Symposium is a unique opportunity to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, non-profit staff, community leaders and activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, members of the spiritual community and corporate arena, among many others.

Confirmed speakers include, but are not limited to Jackie Battalora, Chuck Collins, Debby Irving, Peggy McIntosh, Eddie Moore, Jr., Jasiri X & many others.

Cost: Adults $100 / College Students $75 / High School Students $50

Register

BONUS! We don’t usually post these but… let’s celebrate a couple of successes won by hard work and organizing! It’s good to remember that all of these efforts can make a real difference!

Housing justice: “City Council has passed the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act! WE WON!! On Wednesday the Boston City Council voted 10 to 3 in favor of the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act and on Friday Mayor Walsh signed! This act creates a mechanism for tenants facing eviction to be informed of their rights under existing state law. It helps the City track the rate of evictions so that it can create targeted solutions to address the displacement crisis. And, it provides new protections for former homeowners after foreclosure. Read more from WBUR here, Right to the City here, and the Boston Globe here."

Migrant Justice: Farmworker leaders from Migrant Justice and the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s jointly signed the Milk with Dignity agreement. This farmworker lead campaign has resulted in a legally-binding contract establishing Ben & Jerry’s as the first company in the dairy industry to implement the worker-driven human rights program.