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. Seminar Series on Solidarity: “Racecraft, Castecraft, A Transnational Weapon to Criminalize and Dehumanize African American, Dalit and Romani people

When: Wednesday, April 24 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: Belfer B-200 Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St. , Cambridge

A panel discussion involving scholars Cornel West, Magda Matache, and Suraj Yengde moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Free and open to the public, seating available on first come, first served basis

2. Roxbury Youth Program Tour of Eliot Square

When: Saturday April 27, 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: Meet at First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Ave, Roxbury

A compelling opportunity to learn about the rich history of the Highland Park neighborhood from the young Roxbury Youth Program experts. The tour is 45 minutes; and we will meet at First Church at the end of the tour for discussion and feedback. Registration required because each tour can accommodate 10 people.

Cost $10 which can be paid at the start of the tour. Register by emailing

3. Join the Poor People’s Campaign “Truth & Poverty “Spill the Tea”Tour

When: Sunday April 28 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Where: Starts at Northeastern University, 1175 Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing

Bus Pre-registration required: https://www.facebook.com/events/313999292625205/ or follow the caravan in your vehicles

Join the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival as we welcome Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co Chair, of the National Poor People's Campaign, Carey McDonald, VP Unitarian Universalist and many more faith leaders, impactors, supporters, activist and students who will tell the truth about the Real National Emergency!

In the spirit of the Freedom Rides, you can GET ON THE BUS with us or meet our caravan at one of the FOUR STOPS along our route. At each stop (Dorchester, Roxbury and Downtown Boston); an impactor will tell the truth about the policy violence plaguing our nation and the real moral issues of our day. Hear the historical overview of the urban uprising, which happened in this city after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how today's leaders are continuing the plight 51 years later.

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4. Detention Center Vigil: South Bay Detention Center

When: Sunday, April 28, 2:00 PM

Where: Suffolk County House of Correction, 20 Bradston Street, Boston

Lead Organizer: MCAN, Mass. Community Action Network

Gather, bear witness and let those who are detained at this facility know they are not forgotten.

5. Support International Worker’s Day

When: May 1 UUs will meet at the Chelsea gathering location at 3:00 PM, march at 4:00 PM

Where: Chelsea City Hall @ Broadway, corner of Everett Ave.

Everett and Chelsea contingents will merge and march to East Boston May 1 Coalition Site: Liberty Plaza @ Meridian corner of Border St. for 5:30 PM Main Rally

This is a hugely important event and an opportunity for people of faith and workers everywhere to come together! UUMass Action is organizing a UU contingent to join the march and rally. Please join them!

6. A Special Mother’s Day Celebration and Reception to Remember our Foremothers in Gynecology: The Hidden Contributions of Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy

When: Sunday, May 11, 5:00-7:30 PM

Where: Wellesley College, Alumnae Hall, 106 Central Street, Wellesley

Sponsored by: The Resilient Sisterhood Project, Executive Director and founder: Lilly Marcelin (First Parish in Brookline member)

Join many of us from FPB at this important event!

The focus of this event will be to honor these three remarkable enslaved women and the tremendous sacrifices they made, without their “informed consent” as subjects in influential medical experiments. RSP is taking a leading role in regard to the nationally significant agenda that brings to light the contributions to modern gynecology of these enslaved women from the 1840s. This event will incorporate speakers from a variety of disciplines, dance performances, along with the music of Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. We will also unveil three pieces of artwork by a well-known African American artist, Jules Arthur, depicting these enslaved women. The pieces have been commissioned specifically for this celebration by a group of women supporters of RSP. The event will conclude with a reception during which guests will be able to meet the invited speakers and performers.

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7. Join First Parish at the annual Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's Mother’s Day Walk of Peace.

When: Sunday, May 11

We've participated in this community event with our church banner since 2012. We walk in solidarity with neighbors to support and bear witness with those who've lost family and other loved ones to violence and to raise awareness and funds for the important programs of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities (http://ldbpeaceinstitute.org).

Early walk, late walk, short walk, long walk - there are several ways to participate. Choose what is right for you! Do the full walk (6.8 miles) or half. (If you walk from Town Field to Madison Park High School, you can still get back to First Parish in time for Sunday worship).

Join First Parish at: 8:00 AM in Town Field (1520 Dorchester Ave, Doherty Gibson Park) in Fields Corner, Dorchester. First Parish will congregate to the left of the bandstand. Ellen Blaney and others will be there; call her cell (973-896-5940) if you can’t find the group. This part of the walk ends at Madison Park High School. OR 10:00 AM at Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Blvd, near the Roxbury Crossing T stop). Parking available at lots 1 and 2 of Roxbury Community College at the corner of Columbus Ave. and New Heath St. Carol Spitzer and others will be here. Call her cell (617-869-1437) if you can't find the group. This part of the walk ends at City Hall Plaza with a peace rally.

Please register on FPB's team page if you plan to walk: https://lbdpeace.z2systems.com/fpbrookline. You can make an online donation here, as well. We will also have a table during hospitality Sundays April 28 and May 5. Questions? Contact Carol () or Ellen ().