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.

NOTE: It’s always good to acknowledge successes! The following racial and immigration justice bills are just some of those reported out of committees with a favorable vote - Driver’s License for all residents; Indigenous rights initiatives including changing the state flag and seal, prohibiting Native American mascots in public schools, protecting Native American Heritage; providing no-cost phone calls to people in state and county prisons. 
 
For other bills the deadlines have been extended, so please keep calling!

For more information, contact Martha Leader or Almas Dossa


1. LIFT THE BAN ON RENT CONTROL

The housing committee at the statehouse has postponed their vote on the Tenant Protection Act until March 31st. This means there are still 7 weeks left to call your legislators! Read more from Right to the City Boston here and find more information about calling here!

2.  Keep up the Push to Keep Families Connected and say no to Solitary Confinement

The Public Safety Committee extended the reporting date to May 1st for both the bill for stronger visits and the bill to further protections for people subjected to the torture of solitary confinement. Follow this link to find all the information you need to call the Commitee Chair as well as your own legislators about removing restrictions on visits (H.2047) and providing protections for people in solitary confinement (S.2413).

3. Safe Communities Act S.1401/ H.3573 An Act to Protect the Civil Rights and Safety of All Massachusetts Residents.  (Includes limits on law enforcement asking about immigration status or notifying ICE and more)

 Senate: Eldridge/ House: Miranda & Balser - FACT SHEET  New deadline May 1st

4. End Wage Theft S.1066/H.1610 An Act to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability, and enhance public enforcement. 

Senate: Domenico/ House: Donahue    FACT SHEET    June 

5. Support Muslim Justice League in Unmasking Fidelity

January 27th marked the 3 year anniversary of the initial Muslim Ban announcement. the following link shows correspondance with Fidelity requesting that they stop processing contributions to organizations advocating against LGBTQ, Muslim and other marginalized groups.  One step you can take today is to demand that Fidelity stop enabling bigotry - sign the petition and learn more.

6. Brookline for Everyone Monthly Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm
 
Where: Public Safety Building Community Room, 350 Washington St., Brookline
 
Brookline needs more housingaffordable housing, subsidized housing, work-force housing, and market rate housingand the town’s zoning policy needs to allow this housing growth by right. For Brookline to succeed in the future and to live up to the progressive identity we claim, we must ensure a socially just, environmentally sustainable, vibrant, and accessible community for everyone. You are invited to this month's meeting of Brookline for Everyone to help advocate for housing policies that promote economic diversity, racial inclusion, and environmental sustainability in Brookline.

7. Support Student Immigrant Movement:

Contribute to the 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. We are asking our community to help the DACA recipients here in MA who are part of our community with any monetary support for their DACA renewal application

8. Knotty Conversations for Anti-Racist/Multicultural Ministries

Our UU New England Region is offering a series of free monthly online conversations for congregational leaders who are navigating the challenges of dismantling white supremacy in and with their congregation.

You can check them out and register by clicking the links below.

Calling Out, Calling In, Staying Together: Tuesday, February 25, 2020  7:00-8:30 pm

Dealing with Shame, Fragility and Denial: Thursday, March 12, 2020  7:00-8:30 pm

Following the Leadership of People of Color: Thursday, April 30, 2020  7:00-8:30 pm

Allies, Accomplices, Partners: Tuesday, May 19, 2020  7:00-8:30 pm