1. RACIAL JUSTICE RALLIES, VIGILS, AND MARCHES
* Listings of Upcoming Black Lives Matter Demonstrations in the Boston Area:
2. CAN'T MARCH? WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
- Join SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice) Boston for Wednesday 12-1pm action hours
- Building Up People Not Prisons with Families for Justice as Healing
Start with this Newcomers' Action Guide to learn how you can join in organizing to stop spending on police and prisons and reinvest that money in Black and Brown communities. We are led by incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and women with incarcerated loved ones from these communities. Then jump in to the current Week of Action to support the vision and solutions generated by the women who are most impacted by the humanitarian crisis in our jails and prisons.
- Support Racial Justice Legislation (Prisoners' Legal Services)
This week, Prisoners' Legal Services is asking for all of us to support legislation that will forward the rights of prisoners, their families, and their communities. We must pass critical legislation that would help keep families together who are impacted by incarceration (S.2662 expands visitation rights for incarcerated people and their families and S.1372 would end telephone call profiteering and allow families to stay in touch without cost). We must pass legislation which would ensure that corrections resources are utilized to provide programming and education to incarcerated people (S. 1391/H. 2127 would provide every incarcerated person with baseline rights to programming and education during their incarceration). We must pass legislation which would improve the parole system (H.4607 would increase the number of people on the parole board in order to increase the speed of decision making, and ensure that its membership includes people with experience in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, or the treatment of substance use disorder). Get the script and target legislators here
3. SUPPORT AMERICA INDIANS OF NEW ENGLAND
When: Wednesday, July 8, 3 pm
Join SURJ Boston members on Wednesday, 7/8 at 3pm to support Dismantle Now! BIPOC Solidarity Against White Supremacy, organized by the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), United American Indians of New England (UAINE), and the New Democracy Coalition.
This will be a march and art action linking community demands for the removal of white supremacist symbols (such as the Columbus statue that was beheaded last month, and Faneuil Hall) to defunding the police and investing in Black and Indigenous communities.
Planning on going? Fill out this form and we'll keep you in the loop about a SURJB contingent.
Can't go but want to support local Indigenous organizing in other ways? Here's some ways to do that:
- Share the Facebook event page for Dismantle Now!
- Sign this petition to permanently remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from Waterfront Park.
- Send a letter in support of changing the Massachusetts state flag, which depicts a Native American person with a sword above their head. A sample letter and legislators' email addresses can be found here.
4. IMMIGRATION JUSTICE
Support Movimiento Cosecha in their fight for immigrant justice! There are two bills in Ways and Means that we need to move to a vote before the end of the legislative session this July! The two acts are The Work and Family Mobility Act and An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers. Click this link for information on the bills, petitions, and scripts to call and email your legislators!
The SIM DACA fund provides economic support to DACA recipients in MA to help pay the $495 in application renewal fees. Support MA DACA recipients by donating to the DACA Renewal Fund here!
On June 11th, community groups throughout New England filed a formal complaint to the Massachusetts Department of Health and Dartmouth Board of Health and demanded an immediate investigation into Bristol County House of Corrections (BCHC). Now they need community members to follow up and support this demand. Learn more about the public health crisis inside BCHC and take action here.
5. Housing Justice
Sign this petition to Ban Evictions and Foreclosures from Healthy Housing Guarantee
The health and safety of all Massachusetts residents depends on people across our state staying home and physically distancing. To make this possible, our state government must immediately ban evictions and foreclosures, cancel rent and mortgages, and guarantee safe housing for all. Please add your name to the petition to state leaders.
6. Conversations about anti-racism
For Families and Kids
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 6pm
Waking Giants is a mother-run company with a diverse staff and team from different religious, ethnic, and social communities. It is through our lived experiences that we come to this work, both through living and knowing the dangers of white supremacy and our continued awareness of our roles in protecting it. Our From The Ground Up workshop series is designed for white families to work through how to talk to their kids and each other about race and how everyone can be actively anti-racist, regardless of age. This four-part series will be led in tandem by Waking Giants co-founders, Sera Bonds and Martha Pincoffs, who have over four decades of racial, economic, food, and health justice organizing experience between them, and who will be actively taking part in doing this work with their own families right alongside you. Register here.
Defund the Police: A 4-Day Crash Course
Sunrise Movement, Mijente, Dream Defenders, Critical Resistance, et al.
Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 4-5pm or 8-9pm
Nationally, the mandate to “Defund the Police” has taken on a life of its own. We, however, understand this mandate as part of an ongoing project of abolition that has not yet been fully realized. Deepen your understanding of abolition and learn how to turn the mandate to “Defund the Police” into tangible action in our communities! By the end of this 4-day crash course, you will understand what exactly the demand “Defund the Police” means, envision what a world without police could look like, and get ready to take action to defund police in your community. Register here.
7. COMMUNITY LEARNING - GET INFORMED ON BLACK LIVES MATTER ISSUES
Besides Protesting, Here Are Five Ways to Actively Support the Black Lives Matter Movement in Boston
75 things white people can do for racial justice:
For members of our community who want to learn more about what is behind the calls to “Defund the Police” and “Abolish Prisons”, these concepts have a long history in the US. Let’s learn together.
You can start by exploring The Movement for Black Lives site: https://m4bl.org , and also check out the articles below:
*Defunding Police: What It Takes to End Police Violence - Movement for Black Lives
*The Struggle to Abolish the Police Is Not New - Boston Review - Garrett Felber examines how prison and police abolition were key to the thinking of many midcentury civil rights activists, and understanding why can help us ask for change in our own time. Read it here.
*Defund the Police by Annie Lowery The Atlantic
*A Practical Guide to Defunding the Police - Rolling Stone - Tessa Stuart explains what activists mean when they demand that cities "defund the police." Read it here.