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.
Movement for Black Lives emphasizes that there are opportunities for those who are unable to physically show up to still take action.
Stay safe, know that you are not alone, and reach out for connection when you need it. First Parish in Brookline is a caring community with a justice, anti-racist mission. We can be there for each other as well as for the world beyond our doors.
1. RACIAL JUSTICE RALLIES, VIGILS, AND MARCHES
Other Upcoming Rallies in Boston
A. NO COST CALLS RALLY
Saturday, September 26, 12-2PM
The time is now to pass No Cost Calls legislation, allowing families across the Commonwealth to stay in touch with their loved ones in prison and jail. FAMILIES ARE NOT A VALID SOURCE OF INCOME FOR PRISONS AND JAILS! Through this rally, we will demand a response from MA legislatures to support bill S.2846, granting no cost phone calls to incarcerated people in MA prisons.
Bring your friends and family - kids enthusiastically welcome! Please sign up to join the SURJB (Showing Up for Racial Justice Boston) contingent
Saturday, September 26th, 2:00 PM
Meet us outside the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) located at 136 Blackstone St, Boston (by the Haymarket T Station)
After months of organizing district meetings, actions, and demanding for the passage of the Work & Family Mobility Act - thousands of Black and Brown immigrant families continue to live in fear of ICE detention for being stopped for a traffic violation and many are being deported - even during a pandemic. Join MA JWJ and their partners in demanding that all families deserve the right to move freely in our state and live in dignity. Together, we will imagine and fight for another world where all people are safe and protected. Sign up for more information and to join SURJ next week here.
C. RALLY TO COUNTER FASCIST ORGANIZING
Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27, exact time and place TBD
We will show up again to demonstrate that hate is not welcome in our communities and our state! We will rally to drown out pro-police, pro-white nationalism messaging and stand in solidarity with local activists. Sign up for more information and to join SURJ next week here.
2. Overwhelmed as an Antiracist and Activist?
Knapsack Antiracism Group
Wednesday, September 23, 4-5pm
We meet weekly to discuss how we are dealing with our feelings of "overwhelm" due to the many issues with racism and our efforts as antiracists. We know we can't do it all. How do we decide what to do? How do we manage and be the most effective instead of giving up and doing nothing? How are you dealing and doing self-care? What do you want help with? Hopefully by sharing what we are struggling with, we can get some tools to better manage and balance our days, to feel less overwhelmed so we can sustain as activists and antiracists. Register here.
3. IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
A. Housing Justice
- prevent evictions for at least another year
- prevent rent hikes
- establish a Housing Stability & Recovery Fund to relieve small owners
B. Immigration Justice: Support the Safe Communities Act from UU Mass Action
Protect Immigrant Families
Help us get the Safe Communities Act passed this session!
Some legislators have unequivocally stated their support for the Safe Communities Act. Some refuse to support event basic protections of immigrant rights.
There are enough legislators we still need to confirm, however, that will support the Safe Communities Act and help us reach the majority we need to get the bill passed this session.
We need you to help make this happen!
Join fellow UUs and help with weekly phone banking. Here's the dates and registration links for the next 2 weeks - you'll need to register to have access to the dialing system.
If you could also click the button below and let UU Mass Action Staff know you're coming, we'd appreciate it!
Monday, 9/21, 5:00-8:00PM - Register: bit.ly/SafeCommunities_921
Thursday, 9/24, 5:00-8:00PM - Register: bit.ly/SafeCommunities_924
Tuesday, 9/29, 5:00-8:00PM - Register: http://bit.ly/SafeCommunities_929
Thursday, 10/1, 5:00-8:00PM - Register: http://bit.ly/SafeCommunities_101
C. Indigenous Solidarity: CONTACT YOUR REPS: CHANGE THE STATE FLAG AND SEAL!
D. The fight for No Cost Calls for those who are incarcerated and their families continues!
100 organizations asked the MA legislature to take action on S2846. Let the Senate know you’re watching what happens and families can’t afford to wait any longer! Read the text of the open letter to the MA Senate here!
4. Anti-racism and Activism against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration
- Kenosha District Attorney: 262-653-2400,
- Kenosha Mayor and City Administrator: 262-653-4000, ,
- Kenosha City Attorney: 262-653-4170, , Edward Antaramian at
- Wisconsin DOJ: 608-266-1221
- There is also a GoFundMe for Blake's family, raising funds for "medical bills, legal representation, support for his children and therapy costs."
- See other suggestions in #5A
5. Messages and webinars from UU initiative Side with Love and UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee)
The BREATHE Act seeks to reform federal laws and eliminate funding for federal programs that criminalize Black, Muslim, and immigrant communities, reinvesting our resources in community solutions for education, health, and the environment.