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. Support immigrants and immigration justice

Over the summer, we watched in horror as young children, torn from their parents at the U.S. border, were incarcerated for seeking refuge from violence, terror and extreme poverty in their home countries. We may be less aware that the pain and trauma of family separation happens right here, in Massachusetts. Every week ICE arrests and detains our neighbors, including many parents, separating them from families and children.

Beyond, the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network of faith communities, activist organizations and other volunteers, works to accompany our neighbors imprisoned in immigration detention as they advocate for themselves under increasingly aggressive policies and try to reunite with their families. Join others at First Parish in Brookline in our commitment to support Beyond's Bond and Legal Defense Fund and make it possible for families to stay together in our communities.

Checks can be made to First Parish in Brookline with "Beyond Bond Fund" in the memo.

You can also make a contribution online. IMPORTANT: please choose "Make a One-Time Donation" and enter "Beyond Bond Fund" under Special Instructions.

Make a contribution online

2. Divest to Invest - Divesting Boston from the Prison Industry

When: Thursday, October 18, 6:00 pm

Where: 45 Milk Street, Boston

Please join New Leaders Council Boston, the Corrections Accountability Project and College Bound Dorchester to discuss a Boston-wide campaign to divest public and private funds from the prison industrial complex (which includes many ICE detention facilities). This will be an informational event for the public -- including Boston community organizations, student groups, criminal justice reform advocates, educators, and city employees -- to learn about Boston's connections to the private prison industry and to learn how other jurisdictions, communities, and individuals have managed to align their values with their investments.

3. Support #DADIFFERENCE: What a difference a DA makes (ACLU and others)

When: Sunday, October 21, 2-5 pm

Where: Harvard Law, Austin Hall 111 West, Cambridge

Volunteers are needed for data entry. The qualitative data from court watch needs to be entered into the database. Volunteers are asked to bring their laptop to this event. For more information, contact CourtWatch MA at .

Website

RSVP for Data Entry party

4. Anti-Racism Organizing in the Suburbs Symposium

When: Saturday, October 27, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where:  Regis College

Join with others who are committed to racial justice, equity, and inclusion at the Anti-Racism Organizing in the Suburbs (AROS) MetroWest symposium. Gain knowledge about structural racism, share strategies about anti-racist campaigns, and strengthen local anti-racism organizing efforts.

Tickets: early bird $75 / full $125 / student $15 (with ID)

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5. Transforming Public history: The Equal Justice Initiative’s Anti-racism Museum and Memorial to Lynching Victims

When: Sunday, October 28, 3-5 pm

Where:  Workman’s Circle, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline

Members of SURJ (Standing up for Racial Justice) Amelie Ratliff and Kenny Likis, who both grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s, will report (using slides and video) on the Justice Summit sponsored at the opening of this museum, and on the important work by the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization of lawyers devoted to defending people on death row. They will provide an extensive bibliography on anti-racism and lead a discussion on why this memorial and museum matter today and in New England.

6. Jericho Walks in Burlington

When: Tuesdays, October 16, November 20, and December 18

Where:  ICE Field Office in Burlington

Jericho Walks are a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walks draw inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. These walks are planned by Burlington Area Clergy 4 Justice (A.K.A. BAC4 Justice... don't you love it!?).

Contact Laura Wagner at for more information.