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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.
1. Support important Criminal Justice Reform bills: Attend hearing or call legislators
When: Monday, June 19, 1:00 pm
Where: State House, 24 Beacon Street (can enter through back entrance on Bowdoin Street)
- S.819/H.741 End Mandatory Minimums, Sen. Creem/Rep. Carvalho
- S.1296/H.2248 Solitary Confinement Reform, Sen. Creem/Rep. Balser
- S.1306/H.3071 Reduce Recidivism, Curb Unnecessary Spending and Appropriate Use of Segregation, Sen. Eldridge/Rep Homes
- S.1286/H.3092 Data Collection Solitary Confinement, Sen. Chang Diaz/Rep. Markey
Formerly incarcerated moms of Families for Justice and Healing wrote the Senate Bill 770 to increase community-based sentencing alternatives for people charged with nonviolent offenses who are primary caretakers of dependent children. Senate Bill S770 allows defense attorneys to file a motion to ask judges to consider a person’s primary caretaker status, so judges then have the opportunity to sentence parents and other primary caretakers of dependent children into community-based alternatives to jail and prison, which allow people to heal and advance their lives while they continue to care for their children. Community-based alternatives that are better for families than jail and prison already exist.
When parents are convicted, their children are punished too. According to the research group Human Impact Partners, about 2,500 people currently incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons and county jails are mothers and fathers would have been eligible for community-based alternatives had they been sentenced under this law.
Please share this call to action with your networks. We ask you to contact as many Judiciary Legislators as you can, especially if you live in their district!
JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
William Brownsberger (617-722-1280) D Belmont -Senate Committee Chair
Sonia Chang-Diaz (617-722-1673) D-Boston - Senate Committee Vice-Chair
John Keenan (617-722-1494) D-Quincy
Patricia Jehlen (617-722-1578) D-Somerville
Cynthia Creem (617-722-1639) D-Newton
Richard Ross (617-722-1555) R-Wrentham
Claire Cronin (617-722-2396) D-Plymouth -House Committee Chair
James Cantwell (617-722-2396) D-Plymouth- House Committee Vice Chair
Colleen Garry ( 617-722-2380) D-Dracut
Michael Day ( 617-722-2582) D-Winchester
Paul Tucker (617-722-2400) D-Salem
James Lyons (617-722-2460) R-Andover
Shiela Harrington (617-722-2305) R-Groton
Carole Fiola (617-722-2430) D-Bristol
Daniel Hunt (617-722-2540 D- Suffolk
Rady Mom (617-722-2030 D – Middlesex
Bud Williams (617-722-2140) D- Hampden
2. 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:
- Support the Safe Communities Act - Check to see if your legislator is a co-sponsor HERE.
- 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. Juana Matias (she's the House sponsor)
3. Take a class: White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action
When: 5 Wednesdays starting June 21, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Where: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge
People of all heritages/identities are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. We’ll examine the impact of white privilege and how unawareness of that advantage helps perpetuate racism. Seats are limited and fill up quickly.
4. Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising for Racial Justice :Free concert, one of hundreds nationwide!
When: Wednesday, June 21, 5 - 7 pm
Where: Copley Square, Boston
Join a radically-inclusive, multigenerational summer solstice gathering of several hundred professional and amateur musicians coming together to listen, learn, and unite for racial justice.
This Make Music Boston event will include:
- String Orchestra Elegy: String players are invited to perform George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings in honor of hate crime victims.
- Community Sing & Play: Singers and instrumentalists of every background are invited to join a sing/play of civil rights protest songs including the Civil Rights and African-American anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
- Youth Organizer speakers from Teen Empowerment: Carlos Barbosa and Taya Hopkins
- This is a volunteer performing opportunity.
- There will be no string rehearsal, but sheet music will be available for SATB choir and orchestral/jazz instruments by June 14th on our Facebook page.
5. 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.
6. 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.