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. Human Rights at Risk in Honduras

When: Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Where:  First Parish in Brookline, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline

Ely Castro Rosales is a prominent Honduran human rights activist who has helped lead the current resistance to the unconstitutional presidency of Juan Orlando Hernandez. Castro Rosales works with Radio Progreso, one of the few independent, professional media outlets in Honduras and a critical source of information about government repression and human rights abuses. Members of Radio Progreso have been targets of death threats and escalating government repression especially since the Honduran presidential election in November 2017, widely condemned internationally as fraudulent. Radio Progreso is a partner organization of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

2. What a Difference a DA Makes

Join the #DADifference Accountability Campaign! - Learn about this important criminal justice initiative

For many years District Attorneys heard that they needed to be "tough on crime" if they wanted to be elected. We need to send a different message about being fair, compassionate, humane, and protecting *all* members of our Commonwealth. And we need to encourage prosecutors to think deeply about how to implement these values in their day-to-day work. The upcoming events will be interesting for anyone who is curious about how our criminal legal system works and how its culture and practices could be improved -- not just in law, but in practical on-the-ground ways. Attendance sends a signal to all prosecutors that we care about what they are doing.

Upcoming speaker events:

When: Wednesday, May 23, 7-9 pm

Where:  First Parish Church, Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Dave Deakin - long-time prosecutor in Suffolk County, the head of its Family Protection and Sexual Assault Bureau, and a First Parish UU Arlington member.

When: Tuesday, May 29, 7-8:30 pm

Where:  First Parish Church, Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

*Rahsaan Hall in Boston: A former prosecutor, Rahsaan Hall is now the Racial Justice Director of the ACLU-MA (and a fabulous speaker). He will talk about What a Difference a DA Makes -- the key role that elected DAs play in determining the fairness and effectiveness of our criminal legal system and how we, as voters, can hold them accountable.

When: Thursday, June 7, 6-8 pm

Where:  First Parish Church, Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Suffolk County DA Candidates Debate in Boston: All seven candidates for Suffolk County DA will participate in this go-deep debate hosted by the ACLU of Massachusetts and more than a dozen partner organizations in the What a Difference a DA Makes campaign. Come hear the DA candidates describe their plans to create a more fair and less damaging criminal legal system, and decide for yourself who to vote for and/or support in other ways.

Informational Videos

3. Court Watch

A coalition of organizations is launching a Court Watch program to hold judges and district attorneys accountable for the decisions they make about our neighbors. We're looking for court watchers who want to challenge culture of white supremacy and punishment in our courts. Court Watch MA is a collective effort led by Families for Justice as Healing, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Bail Fund, and MA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

More Information and Registration

4. White Allies and the Immigration System

When: Wednesdays, May 23 and June 6, 6 pm

Where:  The Democracy Center in Cambridge, 45 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge

Come to a two-part workshop with immigration attorney, Matt Cameron, geared towards white people who have been in close proximity with the immigration system as allies and are seeking to understand the mechanics of the system, our roles in it, and how we can best offer support.

RSVP

5. Safe Communities Coalition

Make calls to support pro-immigrant budget amendments by phone banking with the ACLU: May 17, 22, and 23.

Sign Up

6. UU College of Social Justice

Did you see the recent opportunities offered by UU College of Social Justice?

The UU College of Social Justice’s mission is to inspire and sustain spiritually centered action for social justice, and we know that youth are leaders in this work. If you know a high school aged youth interested in deepening their understanding of social justice activism (or you are one), check out our 2018 Open Enrollment Activate programs!

Registrations are due by May 31st and generous financial aid is still available!

Register

Volunteer with RAICES in San Antonio – Spanish speakers are needed to support families in detention who are seeking asylum in the US. Volunteers are being sent through UUCSJ during the weeks of June 3, July 8, and August. Volunteers must be native or fluent Spanish-speakers. No legal experience is necessary.

More Information about RAICES