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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. Resisting Surveillance Forum
When: Saturday, January 20, 1-4 pm
Where: UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury
Police surveillance has increased dramatically in the Boston area. For detailed information about the impact on affected communities, use the Tool-Kit below link and scroll down for a list of topics.
Join us at this community forum to learn and discuss local methods of surveillance and share tactics and strategies to resist! Co-sponsored by our Resisting Surveillance partners (American Friends Service Committee, Defending Rights and Dissent, and Boston Worker's Circle); Northeastern Somali Student Association and ACEDONE.
We'll have incredible organizers from Young Muslim Collective in Minneapolis as well as local speakers and light refreshments.
2. Social Justice Conference on Mass Incarceration as a New Jim Crow
When: Saturday, January 20, 9 am-1 pm
Where: All Souls Church of Braintree, 196 Elm Street
Corner of Church and Elm Streets. Park on Charles Street or in the church parking lot off Charles Street. Handicap Accessible.
Elizabeth Herbin-Triant of UMass Lowell, and Jon Huibregtse of Framingham State University will talk about what our society faced under Jim Crow and relate that to what we face today. A panel of five people will present views and discuss issues we face regarding mass incarceration as, in the words of Michelle Alexander, a racial caste system that requires a great social movement to effectively deal with it. Her argument is that today’s criminal justice system functions as a framework of social oppression and political suppression, comparable to those of Jim Crow and Slavery, and requires serious consideration.
Franklin Baxley, Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Rahsaan Hall, Director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, Susan Tordella, from End Mass Incarceration Today, will talk about the issues we face and initiatives under way to build democracy and oppose racial injustice.
3. Black Lives Matter Boston Imagine! Art as Resistance
When: Sunday, January 21, 3-5:30 pm
Where: Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St, Boston
Join our community partners BLM Boston for this event that will center on the black radical imagination, revolutionary art and its role in social movements. What is the role of art in radical Black liberation struggles? The evening is filled with ritual, art and artistic expressions, audience participation and dialogue for deepening community understanding, strengthening human solidarity, and radical movement building.
For more information, email
4. Speak Out Against Wage Theft
When: Thursday, January 25, 6 pm
Where: Brazilian Worker Center, 14 Harvard Ave, 2nd Floor, Allston
Lead Sponsor: Brazilian Worker Center
A Community Speak-Out on Wage Theft. What is the Social, Economic, and Emotional Impact of Wage Theft on the Family in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? We will hear from elected officials from our district, workers, and allies. Join us!
Can you imagine? You work really hard, sometimes seven days and then you Do Not get paid. Unfortunately, it happens too many times. Help us fight against Wage Theft. #stopwagetheft
5. Support Primary Caretakers legislation!
The Conference Committee is currently considering language written by formerly incarcerated moms to allow more parents to receive alternative community-based sentences. SURJ has supported Families for Justice as Healing in this organizing effort for more than 2 years. Now it's crunch time. Please make time to place a few critically important phone calls!
6. UU Mass Action Black Lives Matter Working Group
When: Saturday, January 27, 12-2 pm
Where: Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St, Winchester
In the Winsor Room (off the parking lot in the back)
Join us for the next quarterly Meeting of UU Mass Action Certified Working Group (CWG) - Black Lives Matter. Please feel free to join us, even if you are new to the group.
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