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. Support immigrants and immigration justice

Over the summer, we watched in horror as young children, torn from their parents at the U.S. border, were incarcerated for seeking refuge from violence, terror and extreme poverty in their home countries. We may be less aware that the pain and trauma of family separation happens right here, in Massachusetts. Every week ICE arrests and detains our neighbors, including many parents, separating them from families and children.

Beyond, the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network of faith communities, activist organizations and other volunteers, works to accompany our neighbors imprisoned in immigration detention as they advocate for themselves under increasingly aggressive policies and try to reunite with their families. Join others at First Parish in Brookline in our commitment to support Beyond's Bond and Legal Defense Fund and make it possible for families to stay together in our communities.

Checks can be made to First Parish in Brookline with "Beyond Bond Fund" in the memo.

You can also make a contribution online. IMPORTANT: please choose "Make a One-Time Donation" and enter "Beyond Bond Fund" under Special Instructions.

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2. The Black Lives Matter UU Certified Working Group Quarterly Meeting - right in our building!

When: Saturday, November 17, 1-3 pm

Where:  First Parish in Brookline, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline

Please join us for our "Quarterly" Meeting. We are very lucky to be having Meck Groot, Congregational Consultant, New England Region UUA, joining us for this meeting! For questions or more information, please contact Patty at .

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3. A Concert for Immigrant Justice, Featuring: The Immigrant Experience, A Cantata in Seven Movements by John Kramer – Music Director, Winchester Unitarian Society

When: Sunday, November 18, 7 pm

Where: First Parish Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Lexington

A suggested donation of $20 will be accepted to support the work of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network Funds raised will be used to provide bond and legal fees for detainees so they can return to their families until immigration issues are resolved.

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4. How to Have Difficult Conversations about Race Without Losing your Cool or your Voice

When: Thursday, November 15, 7-9 pm

Where: First Parish Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Lexington

Join us for a rare opportunity to meet African American racial justice mentor Dr. Amanda Kemp, who has a special gift for all of us who are afraid to say the wrong thing when we talk about race. Dr. Kemp grew up in foster care in the Bronx, graduated from Stanford and earned a PhdD from Northwestern, and has taught college for a decade. An advocate for racial justice and authentic community, she offers clear advice for staying mindful and finding our voice.

Suggested donation $10-$20. For more information contact Mary Ann Barton at or 978-580-5852.

5. Ollin Solidarity Caravan: Freedom of Movement is a Human Right

When: Saturday, November 17, 12 pm

Where: JFK Building, 15 Sudbury Street, Boston Room 320

Ollin is the Nahuatl word for movement. Everyone has the right to move whether it be because of political, economic or corporate violence, oppression, racial or sexual discrimination, environmental catastrophe or circumstances, to connect with family and friends, or just because they have the desire.

This event will include a vigil; a land honoring ceremony; dance, drumming, and music; sharing stories about those on the caravan seeking asylum and those facing ICE violence and imprisonment right here in Boston. We will form our own "Solidarity Caravan" and march to South Bay Detention Center to deliver well wishes to those being held inside and demand that Sheriff Tompkins ends the ICE contract!

6. Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland with Directors In Person

When: Sunday, November 18, 2 pm

Where: Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline

Join us for a special Wide Lens presentation of Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland with the film's directors, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, in conversation with Dr. Raul Fernandez.

About the Film

In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of racially-motivated police murder and Sandra became a poster child for activists nationwide, leaving millions to question, "What really happened to Sandra Bland?"

Part legal thriller, part parable about race in America, the film takes viewers deep inside a story that galvanized activists across the country. With disturbing, never-before-told details about the case, the film is punctuated by Sandra's own passionate and moving commentary.

7. Incarceration: Untangling the Web of Injustice - 2018 Najarian Lecture on Human Rights

When: Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm

Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston (Reception follows at The Bostonian Hotel)

Karen Yamaguchi and Brett Fairchild, Berklee College of Music sophomores will perform their original piece, WAKE UP, an acoustic performance with vocals. They will be introduced by Gretchen Shae Moore who has created a course on mass incarceration that she teaches at Berklee.

Panelists: Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO Pretrial Justice Institute Right on Crime; Marc Levin, VP of Criminal Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex Sherrif, President, MA Sherriff's Association

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8. Jericho Walks in Burlington

When: Tuesdays, November 20 and December 18

Where:  ICE Field Office in Burlington

Jericho Walks are a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walks draw inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. These walks are planned by Burlington Area Clergy 4 Justice (A.K.A. BAC4 Justice... don't you love it!?).

Contact Laura Wagner at for more information.