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. Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series: The Canary Effect

When: Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 pm

Where: First Parish Church, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

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2. March For Our Lives: Boston Rally

When: Saturday, March 24, 12-5 pm

Where:  Boston Common

In the words of survivors of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, “This is it.” Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin are just a few of the many students of Stoneman Douglas who endured the tragic shooting that lost the lives of 17 of their peers, faculty, teachers, and community members. But with 30 mass shootings in the meager two-month expanse of 2018, they stand amongst fellow students, survivors, and fed-up citizens across the country in demanding to lawmakers “this is it.” This must be a legislative turning point for our country in regards to gun control. This. is. not. normal. So together with fellow students and survivors they are calling for a “March for Our Lives."

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Change of Information!

Some First Parish members will still meet in front of the Main Entrance of the Boston Public Library (on Boylston Street), but at a new time: 12:30 pm. From there, they will walk together to Boston Common for the March.

The official start of the March For Our Lives is at Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston) at 11:00 am. From there, the March is 2.5 miles to the Boston Common, for a rally and speeches.

Feel free to join the March at Madison Park High School OR meet us at the Boston Public Library. We will walk to the Common and join the rally.

Contact Carol Spitzer with questions: 617-869-1437

3. Oh, Glory! @ First Parish in Brookline

When: Friday, March 23, 7-9 pm

Where:  First Parish in Brookline

Former Brookline resident Roland Hayes is one of the artists around which this program is built. Oh, Glory! is many things: a recital program; an old-fashioned black church partay; a history lesson; and mostly importantly, a damn good time! Spirituals easily share the program with Schubert, and art song melds into jazz, opera, and spoken word. We promise you, you will be invigorated and inspired. Come on this journey with us!

Entry by free will donation. Families and children welcome.

4. Post on social media to help END MASS INCARCERATION: Massachusetts Against Solitary Confinement – MASC

When: Friday, March 23

On the 23rd of each month, we remember the harm that being locked in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day does to a person. Each month we call people to advocate for significant reform. This month, on March 23rd, we have set a goal of 1,000 social media posts. Please post our message through Facebook posts and Twitter.

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5. Andean film screening and talkback: Eyes of the Journey

When: Sunday, April 8, 3-5 pm

Where:  First Parish in Brookline

Andean spiritual leader Hipolito Peralta Ccama and filmmaker Rodrigo Otero Heraud will join us for a screening of award winning documentary "The Eyes of the Journey," a feature-length visual poem exploring the fate of the Earth and her children. Talkback with the artists!

Co-sponsored by the Social Action and Immigration Justice committees.

6. Petition to demand PILOT Payments - Payment in Lieu of Taxes

A petition calling for our mayor and city councilors to demand our institutional neighbors contribute to the future of ours schools and community. Institutions such as Harvard, Northeastern, BC, BU, which together neglected to pay $36 million in PILOT payments continue to underpay.

Sign the Petition