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. “Embodying Equity:” A Black Lives Matter Boston Fundraiser

When: Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm

Where: First Parish in Brookline, Pierce Hall, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA

Please join us for an inspirational evening of activist theater and poetry. Two acclaimed theatre artists, Neiel Israel and D. Farai Williams will perform. Neiel Israel is a vocalist and arts educator and seven-time National Slam Poet. D. Farai Williams is Founder and Facilitator with Dynamizing Equity and Idjeli Theater Works.

(Tickets: $35. No one will be turned away for lack of funds (please contact for more information).

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2. Safe Communities Coalition Call-in Day

When: Monday, April 23

House budget debates begin on MONDAY, April 23, and our allies in the House will be lobbying to include basic protections for immigrants in the House budget. Urge your Representative to bar police from inquiring about immigration status, ensure basic due process for immigrants, and end collaboration between our sheriffs and ICE.

Let's amplify their voices with ours! Here are two actions you can take:

  1. ACLU is hosting phone-banking on-site in its Boston office at 211 Congress Street, 4th floor, on Monday 4/23 from 6:30 to 9 pm. RSVP today to Olivia at .
  2. Please call Speaker DeLeo's office (617-722-2500) and your House Representative on Monday 4/23 between 9 am and 10 pm (the House is open late during budget negotiations) or Tuesday morning. Full Script

Amendment #508 is an attempt to pass the Governor’s bill allowing law enforcement to hold someone based solely on a civil immigration detainer through the budget. Tell them NO.

Find your State Representative and their contact info

You can also mention you oppose anti-immigrant amendments #113, #227 and #347. Read more here

We also want to be sure you saw the Globe's excellent coverage of yesterday's Children's March at the State House attended by the children of Massachusetts immigrants. ("Refusing to be silent, the children of immigrants speak" out). The children wrote and delivered letters to the Speaker and the Governor asking for state action this year to protect the Commonwealth's immigrant families from the federal government's aggressive policies on immigration. Hats off to ECCO and JALSA, who organized it!

3. Come to the Detention Center Prayer Vigil!

When: Sunday, April 29, 2-3 pm

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

Let immigrants being held in detention know that they are not forgotten!

UU Mass Action and Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester are organizing this vigil. Let’s have a strong UU Turnout!!

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4. Come to International Workers Day!

When: Tuesday, May 1, 4 pm

Where:  4:00 PM Liberty Park, East Boston
4:30 PM Chelsea City Hall
5:30 PM Glendale Park (Elm St) Everett (Main Event)

Our Immigrant leaders and partners are calling faith communities to Action! Please plan on coming and bring a group of friends from your congregation!

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5. Forum with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team: West Roxbury / Roslindale Interfaith Conversations on Race

When: Tuesday, May 1, 7-8:30 pm

Where:  Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury

The event brings Boston Globe reporters Nicole Dungca, Liz Kowalczyk, and Adrian Walker to discuss the recent Globe Spotlight series, “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.” Come to hear the reporters and to dialogue with neighbors and friends on the critical issues of race in our daily lives.

This Forum is the most recent in a series of West Roxbury / Roslindale Interfaith Conversations on Race, co-sponsored by Holy Name Church, Stratford Street Church, Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, and Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church.

Open to the public. Free. Tickets required:

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6. Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series Presents: 13th

When: Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm

Where:  First Parish Church, Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain

Co-sponsored by First Church UU of Jamaica Plain Social Justice Action Committee and the Theodore Parker Church, West Roxbury

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

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7. Anti-Racism Organizing in the Suburbs Convening

When: Saturday, April 28, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Where:  First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose

Please join us at a one day convening of anti-racist organizers, activists, leaders, and trainers working in the suburbs to strengthen and deepen the movement for racial justice. Local organizers will present on creating campaigns targeting decision-makers, affordable housing, criminal punishment reform and ending mass incarceration, and there will be multiple breakout workshop offerings for skill sharing, organizing and networking.

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