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 Diversity Caucus 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. TPS Journey For Justice – Sign Petition note Caravan Stop in Boston

When: Wednesday, September 26, Time TBD

Where:  JFK Federal Building, 15 Sudbury Street, Boston

Now that the Trump administration has decided to terminate TPS (Temporary Protected Status) designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador, countless lives are at risk of deportation back to life-threatening conditions and TPS holder parents will be torn from their 273,000 U.S. citizen children. As people of faith, we have a moral obligation to stand in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors and urge our representatives to demonstrate bold leadership.

The caravan - which will visit 50 cities in 12 weeks - is set to arrive in Boston on Wednesday, September 26. We will be there to present the petition to the justice riders and join them in delivering the petition to Massachusetts federal representatives.

Sign the petition by September 26th to tell Massachusetts federal representatives that we urge immediate action and awareness around the (1) protection of the TPS Program and (2) a pathway to residency for TPS holders.

Sign the petition

2. Restorative Justice Movie Circle Up: Film Screening and Discussion

When: Thursday, September 20, 4-6:30 pm

Where:  Wasserstein Hall, 2036 Milstein East B, Harvard Law School, Cambridge

Our first event is a screening of the documentary film Circle Up, the story of a grieving mother, the men who murdered her son, and the unexpected relationships they create to prevent more violence. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability.


3. Housing Justice - Homes for all Assembly: Build a People’s Plan

When: Saturday, September 22, 1-4 pm

Where:  10 Putnam Street, Boston

Join Right to the City, Keep it 100, Reclaim Roxbury, Boston Tenant Coalition, Dorchester Not for Sale, City Life/Vida Urbana, and Fenway CDC for the Homes for All Assembly! Tired of neighbors, friends and family getting displaced? Think the rent is too damn high? Tired of widespread luxury development? Then JOIN US for a Boston assembly to build a people's plan!

Light lunch, child care, and interpretation provided.

Facebook event and more details

4. Reclaim Roxbury: Sign the Petitions - Stop Gentrification on Warren Street!

The Tommy's Rock Neighborhood Association (TRNA) stands in opposition to a proposed development at 125 Warren Street. The overdevelopment of Roxbury is destroying the history and integrity of this diverse African-American community. TRNA seeks your support in stopping this destructive project. Please sign and leave a comment to go to the mayor and other decision makers!

Sign this petition

Developers want to destroy Roxbury's history. They want to build a giant building next door to the Joseph Warren House, which has National Importance. They want to destroy that legacy in Roxbury and erect a building that will overshadow it and ruin its sanctity.

Sign this petition

5. Black Lives Matter Boston Giving Campaign

PAYPAL for donations is . For longer range, recurring support join Campaign21 which moves us from emergency, crises driven giving to solidarity sustained giving.

Join Campaign21

6. Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN/Beyond)

This network is collecting information from folks in the Boston area who want to participate in supporting those caught up in the harm of our racist immigration system through court accompaniment, rallies, vigils, rides, letters, fund-raising for bonds and family support, etc. We are a network of faith communities and other activist groups working to reduce the escalating harm of our immigration system in the current political context. Our volunteers are mostly allies and we are working closely with immigrant communities and immigrant-led organizations. We will reach out with specific asks as they emerge and appreciate your involvement and support!

Members and friends of First Parish in Brookline have participated in accompaniment roles, which take a variety of forms, and hopefully more of us will be able to do so.

Fill out the Volunteer Form

Donate to support those at risk of deportation

7. Giving Voice: Annual fundraising event with Historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries on “Teaching Hard History”

When: Sunday, September 23, 12-2 pm

Where:  The Royall House and Slave Quarters Museum, 15 George Street, Medford

Tour, refreshments, and remarks by historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries about his work with “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery,” an educational initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Professor Jeffries chairs the advisory committee for the Teaching Tolerance project and hosts the "Teaching Hard History" podcast. This initiative—based on survey findings that American students lack a basic knowledge of the important role slavery played in shaping our nation and the impact it continues to have on race relations in America—includes a comprehensive free guide for teaching and learning this critical topic at the middle and high school levels.

In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Today it is a museum whose architecture, household items, archaeological artifacts, and programs bear witness to intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence.

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