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. Make a Call: Support the Safe Communities Act!

If you haven't done so yet, it's not too late to submit your testimony supporting the Safe Communities Act, which had a public hearing last Friday (Joint committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee). Here's some actions that you can take to help protect thousands of families in Massachusetts:

*Call and write your legislators and ask that they:

    1. Support the Safe Communities Act - Check to see if your legislator is a co-sponsor HERE.
    2. If your legislator supports this bill, ask that they advocate for it by calling the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Community Chairs, Senate President Rosenberg and House Speaker DeLeo

*Send your written testimony here - just click the link - the email is set up with address and a statement. Add a personal comment if you'd like and sign your name - thank you!!

Rep. Harold Naughton, Chair

Sen. Michael Moore, Vice Chair

Rep. Alan Silvia, Vice Chair

Sen. Michael Brady

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz

Sen. Michael Rush

Sen. Willim Brownsberger

Sen. Richard Ross

Rep. Tom Walsh

Rep. Bruce Ayers

Rep. Rady Mom

Rep Paul Tucker

Rep. Juana Matias (she's the House sponsor)

Rep. Chynah Tyler

Rep. Bud Williams

Rep. David Vieira

Rep. David Muradian

Rep. Peter Durant

2. Black Lives Matter Cambridge Symposium

When: Saturday, June 24, 9 am - 7:45 pm

Where: Lesley University, Washburn Hall, 10 Philips Place, Cambridge

BLM Cambridge is hosting a day-long symposium focused on achieving racial justice and social equity in the Metro-North, and beyond. Keynote speakers include BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and Executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Elle Hearns. Also featuring Future (Janaya Khan) and DiDi Delgado. Join us as we envision and work towards creating a lasting and equitable future!

Note: We encourage QT/POC and those with financial constraints to contact the organizers at for sliding scale accommodations.

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Register

3. Keep fighting to protect Francisco Rodriguez Guardado from deportation - Call ICE

You join dozens of elected officials, community leaders, the 40 people who accompanied Francisco to this ICE appointment, and thousands who signed a petition. We must keep the pressure on.

In the morning of his recent check-in, ICE said that Francisco has until December 13th for his next check-in, however, just six hours later, ICE said that Francisco has to return for his check-in on July 13th with travel documents. This is urgent -- please call ICE and ask them to grant Francisco his Stay of Removal! Call:

  • New England Regional ICE office Immigration officer Gary Roltsch: (781) 359-7500 X7625
  • Community Relations officer Alexia Koplewski: (781) 359-7511

Sample script: “Hi, my name is __ and I live in__. I am calling to ask you to grant Mr. Francisco Rodriguez Guardado’s stay of removal. His A-Number is 099-665-463.