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.

For more information, contact Martha Leader or Almas Dossa



1. Restore Voting Rights for People Who are Imprisoned

UU Mass Action is working with the Massachusetts Prisoners and Organizers Working for Enfranchisement and Restoration (Mass POWER) coalition to restore the voting rights for people who are imprisoned.  Voting rights were taken away in 2000 - the goal of this campaign is to annul the amendment that made this happen.

If your congregation wants to collect signatures for this campaign, contact the lead UU Mass Action organizer for this campaign - Cassandra Bensahih     Cassandra will train you on how to collect signatures and get you the ballot petition forms.


2. Brookline Meeting: Commission of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations

When: Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: Public Health Building, Denny Room (lower level) 

The public is invited to attend all meetings of the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, whose goal is “eliminating discriminatory barriers to work, education and housing opportunities within the Town of Brookline”. They will be discussing the case of firefighter Gerald Alston, as well as a number of Warrant Articles pertaining to racial justice. 


3. BUILDING A TRULY AFFORDABLE BOSTON: PRESSURE CITY HALL TO BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING!

When: Wednesday, Oct 16, 3:00-5:30 PM

Where: Boston City Hall Plaza

You make Boston beautiful. You deserve to afford to live here. With you, we can win affordable housing! The current Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) requires private developers to include 13% affordability. But 13% is not enough, and the "affordable" units are out of our communities' reach! We need private developers to include 1/3 affordable housing to help our communities thrive, at lower rents & prices we can truly afford. Join us in demanding true affordability in private developments! RSVP and sign the petition and join us on 10/16 to put the pressure on City Hall!


4. DRIVING LICENSES FOR ALL PHONEBANK

When: Thursday, October 17, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: 145 Tremont Street, Boston MA

Come phonebank with us in downtown Boston to help all Massachusetts residents, regardless of immigration status, access the basic right of a driver's license! Please bring a laptop/tablet/other Internet device, and sign up here so that we'll be able to contact you with more information.

5. Teach-In: Confronting White Christian Nationalism

When: Sunday, October 20, 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In this Teach-In on Confronting White Christian Nationalism, Fatema Ahmad, Deputy Director of the Muslim Justice League, and Chris Messinger, Community Organizer and Social Justice Trainer, will guide participants in understanding the dynamics of white Christian nationalism, how it fuels the targeting of particular communities, and how we can respond in confronting the perpetuation of this ideology of hate and violence.


6. RACE AND MIGRATION POLICY IN THE U.S.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Community Change, Inc: 2 Oliver St. Suite 802, Boston, MA 02109

In this meetup, we'll discuss the ways in which race has been a factor in U.S immigration policy both in the past and today and how U.S foreign policy and intervention has factored into current-day immigration problems. We'll share what we know about current efforts to address immigration issues and how people can get involved. Please RSVP here.


7. Advocate for all 5 Indigenous Rights Bills (from UU Mass Action newsletter)

  1. Advocate for the 5 Indigenous Rights Bills

Lead Organizers: United American Indians of New England and North American Indian Center of Boston

Click here for more information about the priority legislation and instructions for how you can take action

Action:  Send this request to your State Representative (find the person here)

Feel free to simply copy and paste the info below into an email.  You’re also welcome to add a personal message if you choose.

Dear Representative ---

I am writing to advocate for five Indigenous Rights bills that I support and I’m asking for your support as well.  The following summarizes the status of the bills and the action that I’m asking you to take. 

  1. An Act Establishing Indigenous Peoples Day (H.3665) 

This bill had a hearing on 5/7/19.  I ask that you contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight and ask them to report the bill out of committee with a favorable vote.

  1. Prohibit the Use of Native American Mascots in Public Schools (S.247/H.443) 
  2. Educate Native Youth (H.444)

These bills had a hearing on 6/25/19.  I ask that you contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Education and ask them to report the bill out of committee with a favorable vote.

  1. Change the State Flag & Seal (S.1877/H.2776)

This bill has not yet had a hearing.  Please contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight and ask that the bill be scheduled for a hearing as soon as possible.

  1. Protect Native American Heritage (S.1811/H.2948)

This bill was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development on 9/18/19.  It’s now in the House Committee on Steering, Policy, and Schedule.  Please contact House Speaker DeLeo and let him know that it’s important that the House has a chance to vote on this bill during this legislative session.

All residents in Massachusetts deserve to be honored and valued.  By advocating for these bills to pass this session the people of Massachusetts will send a clear message that the Indigenous People of our Commonwealth are honored and valued. 

Sincerely,

(your name and city/town)


8. This fall Brookline Adult Ed (BAE) is offering a course about racism.

* White People Challenging Racism 

When: 3 Saturdays 10/26-11/2, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

People who have participated have found this course to be rewarding and challenging, supporting the goal of facilitating people to become active in anti-racism/racial equity work.