We are angry and hurting from the long history of racist brutality and white supremacy in our country, most recently with the murder of George Floyd. We know that our community will want to find ongoing ways to respond and that actions will be unfolding in real time. We will post here as we hear about them, and please email Martha or Almas with information we may want to include.
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.
Movement for Black Lives emphasizes that there are opportunities for those who are unable to physically show up to still take action.
Stay safe, know that you are not alone, and reach out for connection when you need it. First Parish in Brookline is a caring community with a justice, anti-racist mission. We can be there for each other as well as for the world beyond our doors.
First: A victory! Posted by the ACLU Mass.
On 6/24, Boston became the second largest city in the world to ban city government use of facial surveillance technology. Big shout out to Student Immigrant Movement, Michelle Wu, Ricardo Arroyo, Unafraid Educators, Muslim Justice League, and everyone who fought so hard for this. The heading above is a link to further information about this decision and why it was important. Brookline has also banned this technology.
1. RACIAL JUSTICE RALLIES, VIGILS, AND MARCHES
* Jamaica Plain monthly Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter
When: Thursday July 2 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain , 633 Centre St
Come join in support of Black Lives Matter, and to stand against white supremacy and racist violence. Our speaker will be Rev. Darrell Hamilton, II.
* Say Her Name March and Rally for Black Womxn
When: July 4, 4 p.m.
Where: Nubian Square to Boston Common
We will gather to center and uplift the lives of ALL Black womxn in a march from Nubian Square to Boston Common, followed by a celebratory rally in the Common where we will share music, food, and the arts.
From our Black Lives Matter Boston partner, Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou to FPB: I’m wondering if you would offer your support to the #SayHerName March and Rally for Black Womxn by showing up, sharing the attached flyer and blurb, inviting friends, and donating to support the March and local Black Womxn leaders and organizations? We would love to see you there!
* Listings of Upcoming Black Lives Matter Demonstrations in the Boston Area:
2. CAN'T MARCH? WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
* Check the site linked here each week for updated actions and information in support of ongoing campaigns by Building up People Not Prisons and Families for Justice as healing: WEEK 15: BUILDING UP PEOPLE NOT PRISONS. These include:
3. IMMIGRATION JUSTICE
CALL, EMAIL, AND SIGN FOR IMMIGRATION JUSTICE!
Support Movimiento Cosecha in their fight for immigrant justice! There are two bills in Ways and Means that we need to move to a vote before the end of the legislative session this July! The two acts are The Work and Family Mobility Act and An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers. Click this link for information on the bills, petitions, and scripts to call and email your legislators!
SIM DACA RENEWAL FUND
The SIM DACA fund provides economic support to DACA recipients in MA to help pay the $495 in application renewal fees. Support MA DACA recipients by donating to the DACA Renewal Fund here!
CALL TO ACTION: SHUT DOWN BCHC AND FREE THEM ALL
On June 11th, community groups throughout New England filed a formal complaint to the Massachusetts Department of Health and Dartmouth Board of Health and demanded an immediate investigation into Bristol County House of Corrections (BCHC). Now they need community members to follow up and support this demand. Learn more about the public health crisis inside BCHC and take action here.
4. Housing Justice
Sign this petition to Ban Evictions and Foreclosures from Healthy Housing Guarantee
The health and safety of all Massachusetts residents depends on people across our state staying home and physically distancing. To make this possible, our state government must immediately ban evictions and foreclosures, cancel rent and mortgages, and guarantee safe housing for all. Please add your name to the petition to state leaders.
5. Appropriate for Teens and Adults - Reading Frederick Douglass
Wednesday, July 2, 12pm
The 4th of July needs Frederick Douglass now more than ever. For over a decade we’ve gathered on the Boston Common to share a reading of his powerful speech, "What, To A Slave, Is The Fourth of July?" This year, at a moment when we need to take care of each other and each other’s health, we will hold our Boston reading as a live virtual event. We look forward to being together in spirit. Register here.
6. Talks and conversations about anti-racism and whiteness
*Conversation on Community Building and Racial Justice Sponsored by Community Change, Inc.
When: Thursday, July 2 at 7pm
In 1968, as a result of the Civil Rights Movement and in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as “a white problem,” CCI was birthed. CCI promotes racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist learning and action. CCI accomplishes its mission through education, advocacy and working in solidarity with others to organize for change. Join other activists and learners from around the Boston area .
*A Conversation Continued”
#Whiteness#systemtic Racism#Racial Identity#RaceTraumaProfiteers
When: Wednesday July 1, 2020, 7pm
Where: Facebook LIVE - Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture page
Please join Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi as she conducts a conversational interview with Dr. Janet E. Helms to elevate the decades of work she has committed to anti-racism and White racial identity (the process of White folx developing an anti-racist identity). Recent conversations have included #academics4blacklives Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week. We hope you will join us to continue the conversation and bring the discussion to the next level.
7. COMMUNITY LEARNING - GET INFORMED ON BLACK LIVES MATTER ISSUES
Besides Protesting, Here Are Five Ways to Actively Support the Black Lives Matter Movement in Boston
75 things white people can do for racial justice:
For members of our community who want to learn more about what is behind the calls to “Defund the Police” and “Abolish Prisons”, these concepts have a long history in the US. Let’s learn together.
You can start by exploring The Movement for Black Lives site: https://m4bl.org , and also check out the articles below:
*Defunding Police: What It Takes to End Police Violence - Movement for Black Lives
*The Struggle to Abolish the Police Is Not New - Boston Review - Garrett Felber examines how prison and police abolition were key to the thinking of many midcentury civil rights activists, and understanding why can help us ask for change in our own time. Read it here.
*Defund the Police by Annie Lowery The Atlantic
*A Practical Guide to Defunding the Police - Rolling Stone - Tessa Stuart explains what activists mean when they demand that cities "defund the police." Read it here.