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 Racial Justice Action Committee wants to help FPB members increase our collective impact in the critical work of racial and immigration justice and, at the same time, build a supportive community.

For more information, contact Martha Leader or Almas Dossa

1. The City Talks: Collective Power

When: Wed. Nov. 20 7-8 p.m
Where: Museum of Fine Arts Gallery 332, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston
How can working together strengthen our efforts towards transformation? Join Boston-area thinkers, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials and artists for a discussion inspired by the Women Take the Floor exhibit. Featuring Nia Evans (Boston Ujima Project), Amelia Gonzalez Pinal (Movimiento Cosecha), Kamarie Weems (Unbound Bodies Collective) and moderator Cheryl Clyburn Crawford ( MassVOTE)
Free with Museum Admission

2. Free Lecture: Dr. Cornel West

When: Thursday Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m

Where: Tower Auditorium, Mass College of Art

Public activist, author, philosopher, and professor
Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.
3. Hearing for Safe Communities Act with the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

When: Monday Dec. 2 starting at 10 a.m.

Where: Gardner Auditorium, State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

UU Mass Action and other supporters hope to keep the auditorium packed all day. First Parish in Brookline signed 50 postcards during hospitality to restore community trust in police by avoiding entanglement in immigration matters, and protect due process for all. See this link for options to continue our support of this important bill.

Let us know how you are willing to participate

Need a refresher about what this bill includes?  Click here to find the Fact Sheet

If you can’t attend the hearing, please call your legislators! This is important – we know that people who don’t support immigrant families will be calling on this day.  Here is a helpful tool to assist you

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Did you know that you can donate airline miles to reunify immigrant and refugee families and to allow these families to make their way to their sponsors in the United States? Donating airline miles is a perfect way to make a difference in the lives of immigrant friends, families, and neighbors.

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services - https://www.raicestexas.org/ has partnered with Miles4Migrants and as part of our partnership, we want to ask our supporters to donate in a new way - their airline miles.

For more information, read the Support RAICES Campaign to Raise Miles FAQ and watch the following short video (3:30) to see how a Miles4Migrants case works.

5. Take the rent control pledge - We can bring rent control back to Boston

  • Communities of color, immigrants, working families - we all deserve affordable, healthy housing.
  • Renters, homeowners, and small landlords across the country are rising up and winning rent regulation.
  • In Boston, real estate giants and their friends at the state house banned rent control 25 years ago. Rents - and property taxes - have spiraled out of control ever since, pushing families and whole communities out of our city.
  • We need to place limits on big corporate greed in order to protect our neighborhoods.
  • Sign the pledge here.


6. Student Immigrant Movement DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Renewal Fund

The SIM DACA fund is being created to provide economic support to DACA recipients in MA. Applicants have to pay $495 in fees for their renewal application. Many members of our community, including DACA folks, live paycheck to paycheck and often are not able to pay for the application fees.