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

Breakthrough Brookline
A weekly update on ways to fight racism and build a more equitable town.

1. Free Webinar for SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice) Anniversary: Ten Years of Racial Justice

When: Wed., Sept. 25, 8 PM

Join this webinar with Patrisse Cullors (co-founder of Black Lives Matter), Makani Themba (Higher Ground Change Stretegies) in conversation with co-founders of SURJ Carla Wallace and Pam McMichael about the broader movement for racial, ecoinomic, social and environmental justice. A public call, open to all. Register here.

2. Advocate for Coolidge Corner School Renaming at Brookline Advisory Committee Meeting

When: Tues. Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington St.,  Room 103

After an impressively comprehensive and inclusive community engagement process, the School Committee recommended that the Edward Devotion School be renamed for Florida Ruffin Ridley - Brookline’s first African American homeowner and an accomplished writer and activist for women’s voting rights. She was nominated by a group of talented and committed students of the school, guided by the town and School Committee’s naming criteria, the school’s values, and a restorative justice lens. The Advisory Comm. will hear from the community one more time before Town Meeting considers  final approval. Come share your support for this important symbolic change as well as for the dedicated students, teachers and community members who envisioned and drove this landmark journey.

3. Black Lives Matter Monthly Vigil at First Baptist, JP

When: Thurs., October 3, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

4. Voices from the Border

When: Wed., October 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where: Brookline Town Hall, Room 103

Please join Human Rights Advocates, Jeanne Gallo and Sunny Robinson, for a presentation and discussion of current US immigration policy. Having been to the US-Mexico border in November 2018, they met with human rights workers, the families of the disappeared, DACA and other youth, as well as visited Annunciation House, in El Paso. Starting with an overview of U.S. involvement in Latin America, they will use the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S.’s own asylum laws as the framework for how US immigration policy ought to and could be. 

The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, or if you have a question, please contact Caitlin Starr at  or at 617-730-2345.  

5. This fall Brookline Adult Ed (BAE) is offering two courses/workshops 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. 

* Workshop on White Fragility

When: Mondays from Sept. 23 - Nov. 4,  6:30 - 8:30 PM

Where: Brookline High School, 110 Greenough St.

Former Pierce School Principal Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford joins colleague Joshua Frank to lead a six-session workshop engaging with Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s best-selling book White Fragility. A safe space to gain new insights and share perspectives, on the way to liberating yourself from avoidance, division and despair that white supremacy often causes - toward a great sense of agency, community, and hope for the future. Register at Brookline Adult Education here.

People taking these workshops help to build capacity in Brookline to work for racial equity

You can register for either class through this link.


6. Steps Toward Decentering Whiteness 

When: Sat. Oct. 5, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: The Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main Street, Winchester  FLYER

Co-led by Meck Groot, New England Region UUA; Patty Shepard, Winchester Unitarian Society; and Susan Shepherd, First Parish Cambridge.  Hosted by the Winchester Unitarian Society

REGISTER  Admission is free, though registration is required. Registration closes 9/17 or when capacity is reached. Through a brief presentation and lots of small group conversation, we will:

  • explore the systemic issues that were at play in the search for a Lead for the Southern Region as outlined in the UUA Commission on Institutional Change’s “Findings Related to the Southern Regional Lead Hiring Decision, Spring 2017,”
  • apply the Commission’s findings and recommendations to realities at the congregational level, and
  • identify possible steps congregations can take to decenter whiteness and to center individuals and communities with marginalized identities and experience.

Please read the Commission’s Report prior to coming. Access at tinyurl.com/COIC-April2018.