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. Brookline Talks Presents: Debby Irving, Waking Up White

When: Monday, March 18, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Runkle School, Multi-Purpose Room, 50 Druce Street, Brookline

I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough? Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the socialization that promoted racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. Sponsored by Runkle PTO.

2. UU Mass Action Certified Working Group: Black Lives Matter, Quarterly Meeting Announcement

When: Saturday, March 30, 1-3 pm

Where:  First Parish UU of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Please join us and learn more about what is happening in our congregations around racial justice these days! To contact us directly or to join the Certified Working Group, please email: Patty Shepard, .

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3. Caught in Family Homelessness: Parents tell their stories

The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness, Fourteenth Annual Forum

When: Sunday, March 24, 2-4 pm

Where:  Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord

200,000 families in Massachusetts spend more than 50% of their income on housing. One event can propel them on a course toward eviction. Come hear stories of three mothers who experienced homelessness with their families. You have a role to play in preventing future stories. It starts with hearing from housing advocates about the programs that work and the importance of advocacy. Reverend June Cooper from City Mission-Boston and Kelly Turley, Associate Director of Mass Coalition for the Homeless, will lead the charge. Our legislators will be there to hear us. All are welcome to this free forum. A reception will follow. www.endfamilyhomelessness.net

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4. Vigil at the Suffolk County House of Corrections

When: Sunday, March 31, 2-3 pm

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

Hosted by: First Parish of Watertown

These monthly vigils provide an important opportunity to join with immigrants detained at the House of Corrections in an expression of immigrants’ rights. The vigils are conducted by faith communities under the auspices of the Massachusetts Community Action network (MCAN). The immigrants held at the house of Corrections are waiting for court dates related to immigration.

Please join us to let those being detained know that we support them. We will meet at 2:00 pm at the corner near 20 Bradston St. in Boston. There is street parking nearby, and parking is also available across from the Hampton Inn at 811 Mass. Ave. From there we will walk to an overpass where detainees can see us, and maybe even hear us. The vigil will include readings, songs, and testimonials. Large signs showing solidarity in both English and Spanish are welcome. Please spread the word. For questions, contact Susan Kuder from First Parish of Watertown at .

5. Ask with Forums: Black Educators and the Struggle for Justice in Schools

When: Thursday, March 28, 4-5:30 pm

Where:  Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Black educators were essential to the legal victory that was Brown vs. Board of Education, but over time, they saw the promise of greater access and greater equity grow dimmer, undermined by the way this now-iconic legal milestone was actually implemented."

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6. Boston People's Plan: Build the Buture of Housing in our City

When: Saturday, March 23, 12-4 pm

Where:  First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street, Boston

Volunteers are needed at the Homes for All People's Assembly on Saturday March 23rd! There will be a variety of volunteer tasks throughout the day and any assistance is welcome. This is a great opportunity to support individuals in the City of Boston that are directly impacted by the housing and displacement crisis and are coming together to build a people’s plan for equitable development, affordable housing, and an end to displacement.

Watch the video from the first Boston People’s Plan Assembly

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