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.  Hearing for Safe Communities Act with the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security

When: Monday Dec. 2 starting at 10 a.m.

Where: Gardner Auditorium, State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

UU Mass Action and other supporters hope to keep the auditorium packed all day. First Parish in Brookline signed 50 postcards during hospitality to restore community trust in police by avoiding entanglement in immigration matters, and protect due process for all. See this link for options to continue our support of this important bill.

Let us know how you are willing to participate

UU’s will meet on the front steps, outside of the State House at 8:50 AM (if you can make the press con),  or outside of the Gardiner Auditorium by 9:30 AM.  Look for our Community Organizer, Tali Smookler  857-285-2377  (call/text for help).  We will try our best to sit as a group in the bleachers, on the left side of the auditorium (main floor).  If you arrive after 10 AM, look for us in the bleachers

Need a refresher about what this bill includes?  Click here to find the Fact Sheet

If you can’t attend the hearing, please call your legislators! This is important – we know that people who don’t support immigrant families will be calling on this day.  Here is a helpful tool to assist you

2. Free Lecture - David Blight (Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom)

When: Monday, December 2, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

This year’s Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture will be presented by David W. Blight, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. His latest book is a new full biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Register here

3. The Watering Hole

When: December 4, 6-7:30pm

Where:  Community Change Inc. at Social Innovation Forum, 2 Oliver Street, Suite 802, Boston, MA

This is a time to be in community with others who are fiercely committed to anti-racism work and the dismantling of white supremacy. We can talk about current events, the work within the community, or just how we are taking care of ourselves during these turbulent times. More details when you RSVP

4. Reading King in Boston: Where Do We Go From Here, Chaos or Community
When: Thursday Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Grove Hall Library, 41 Geneva Ave., Dorchester
Recognizing the 71st anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, this reading from Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s  The World House  has been prepared by a group of “King Fellows”, Boston area residents exploring the writings of Dr. King through the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries in partnerhsip with the New Democracy Coalition.

5. Free Them All - A Fundraiser for the Massachusetts Bail Fund

When: Sunday December 8, 3-6 p.m.

Where: 268 Humboldt Ave., Boston, MA 02120

RSVP at www.massbailfund.org  Suggested donation $20-$40 

Full dinner, childcare, conversation, and entertainment will be provided. We can't wait to see you!

A celebration of the Mass. Bail Fund - This year we are grateful not only to the thousands of people we’ve freed with your support, but also the community partnerships we’ve built in this movement to end pre-trial supervision and detention. 

 2,745 People Free, $1.2 Million spent on Bail and Fees in Massachusetts. 

We look forward to updating our movement family about 2019 and are excited to share our plans for the future. 

Featured speaker: Ayana Aubourg is the Director of Programs at Families for Justice as Healing, a grassroots abolitionist organization whose mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls and co-founder of Sisters Unchained, an organization dedicated to the collective leadership, healing, and creative expression of young women affected by parental incarceration in Boston. 

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Did you know that you can donate airline miles to reunify immigrant and refugee families and to allow these families to make their way to their sponsors in the United States? Donating airline miles is a perfect way to make a difference in the lives of immigrant friends, families, and neighbors.

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services - https://www.raicestexas.org/ has partnered with Miles4Migrants and as part of our partnership, we want to ask our supporters to donate in a new way - their airline miles.

For more information, read the Support RAICES Campaign to Raise Miles FAQ and watch the following short video (3:30) to see how a Miles4Migrants case works.

7. Take the rent control pledge - We can bring rent control back to Boston

  • Communities of color, immigrants, working families - we all deserve affordable, healthy housing.
  • Renters, homeowners, and small landlords across the country are rising up and winning rent regulation.
  • In Boston, real estate giants and their friends at the state house banned rent control 25 years ago. Rents - and property taxes - have spiraled out of control ever since, pushing families and whole communities out of our city.
  • We need to place limits on big corporate greed in order to protect our neighborhoods.
  • Sign the pledge here.


8. Student Immigrant Movement DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Renewal Fund

The SIM DACA fund is being created to provide economic support to DACA recipients in MA. Applicants have to pay $495 in fees for their renewal application. Many members of our community, including DACA folks, live paycheck to paycheck and often are not able to pay for the application fees.