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 supportive community.

For more information, contact Martha Leader or Almas Dossa.

1. Jericho Walk at Burlington ICE Office

When: Tuesday, February 19, 1-2 pm

Where:  1000 District Avenue, Burlington

Organized by BAC4J (Burlington Area Clergy 4 Justice)

Please join us to walk, sing, pray, and be a witness against the policies of this administration. We will walk, rain, snow, or shine!

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2. Poetry Book Release by Morgan Parker

When: Monday, February 11, 7 pm

Where:  First Church UU in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street

In collaboration with Papercuts, we bring to Jamaica Plain award-winning poet Morgan Parker, to celebrate the release of her forthcoming book, Magical Negro (2/5/19, Tin House).

A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, NYLON, BuzzFeed, Publishers Weekly and Papercuts! Parker is the author of “There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce” and more. Her work has been published in numerous publications including The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times and The Nation.

3. Immigrants' Day at the State House

When: Monday, March 4, 10 am - 2 pm

Where:  Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

Lead Organization: MIRA

For the 23rd year in a row, we’re making our voices heard at the State House! Join us for Immigrants’ Day, the biggest lobbying day of the year for immigrants, refugees, and allies. Let’s fill those halls with new Americans and allies ready to share our stories and tell legislators why 2019-2020 is such a crucial session!

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4. U.S. Slavery in a Global Context, From the Bible to Today

When: Monday, March 4, 7-9 pm

Where:  First Parish UU of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Slavery is a continuing wound in the soul of our country. We were not alone. Before 1800, most societies included slaves. And only about 1 in 50 captured Africans ended up in the U.S. What was distinctive about slavery in the United States? How does slavery relate to global patterns of forced labor, race/ethnic/color prejudices, and gender inequality? Did slavery wound other countries differently?

Our speaker, Lori Kenschaft, has a Ph.D. in American Studies and is the author of Lydia Maria Child: The Quest for Racial Justice and co-author of Gender Inequality in Our Changing World.

This program is in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans in Virginia. It is co-sponsored by First Parish Arlington’s Racial Justice Coordinating Committee and STAR adult religious education program.

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5. Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Training

When: Saturday, March 9, 10 am - 3 pm

Where:  First Parish in Waltham, 50 Church Street, Waltham

Presenter: Laura Wagner, Executive Director UU Mass Action

Accompaniment networks support our immigrant neighbors who face overwhelming stress and the threat of family separation each day. For the past two years, faith communities, community-based groups and other organizations have organized networks of volunteers who provide accompaniment to their immigrant neighbors. Accompaniment network organizing is grounded in the idea of “Creating Sanctuary Everywhere.” Moving towards this goal requires being in relationship with those who are most directly impacted.

This workshop will also provide an opportunity to learn more about developing the capacity to meet the needs that exist in our community

RSVP to and let us know if you have any dietary issues. Lunch will be provided.

6. Exploring Roxbury's History: See Roxbury with Fresh Eyes

When: Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Where:  Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

Discover the history of the black community on Beacon Hill with a visit to the African Meeting House (the oldest extant black church in the US) and the Smith School. Many active abolitionists lived here in the early 19th century. Later the community moved from Beacon Hill to the South End to Roxbury.

Roxbury historian Rep. Byron Rushing will join us to talk about the movement of the black community from Beacon Hill to Roxbury. Don’t miss his engaged style and penetrating knowledge. From 1972 to 1985, he was President of the Museum of African American History and under his direction, the museum purchased and began the restoration of the African Meeting House.

Meet at the Museum at 46 Joy Street. Cost is $3.50 if we get a group of 20, otherwise $10. Lunch catered by Haley House will be available after the visit at 12:30pm for $12. Pre registration required to . In the registration, please state whether you want to stay for lunch.