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.
1. Brookline for Everyone Kickoff Event
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Hops N Scotch, 1306 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Stressed about spending too much on housing? Worried about not being able to afford to raise your kids in Brookline? Frustrated that home ownership seems out of reach? Want to do something about it?
Brookline for Everyone advocates for housing policies that promote economic diversity, racial inclusion, and environmental sustainability in our Town. Brookline needs more housing – affordable housing, subsidized housing, work-force housing, and market-rate housing, and the town’s zoning policy needs to allow this housing growth by right. Brookline and the Boston metro area are experiencing a housing shortage and Brookline must do its part to address this crisis. Rising rents and home prices are forcing our neighbors and town employees to move outside of Brookline, tearing at the fabric of our communities and putting more cars on our already clogged and polluting roads. For Brookline to succeed in the future and to live up to the progressive identity we claim, we must ensure a socially just, environmentally sustainable, vibrant, and accessible community for everyone. Join us to meet the board, learn about our work and start to take action to solve some of Brookline's housing issues.
2. Advocate for the Safe Communities Act - Support our immigrant families
When: New date for the Safe Communities Act hearing: Friday, January 24, starting at 11:00 am
Where: Massachusetts State House, Gardner Auditorium
UU Mass Action staff is helping to organize for this hearing and would love to gather UUs and participate together – this means that they need to know you are coming. There is a Safe Communities Coalition registration link for this hearing, but we will register as a group – please let us know you are coming by completing this form
We definitely want people to attend – we need to pack the Gardner Auditorium! But – we recognize that not everyone can participate in person. Many of you have been fighting for years to pass basic provisions to protect immigrant families here in Massachusetts. Now is the time to step up our action again – thank you so much for engaging in any way that you can.
Here are some options:
Coming to the Hearing:
- Mark yourself as going on the new Facebook event
- And fill out this form (same form referenced above)
Everyone – including those who can’t come in person:
- Share this information with your networks! You can get messages directly by joining the Safe Communities Coalition here: subscribe here
- Share the Facebook event page
- Write and submit your written testimony to the Co-Chairs of the Public Safety Committee. Please copy all members of the Committee and bcc the Coalition, as instructed in the guidance here
- Or: If you want to just send an email (not testimony) please send an email to the Committee! It’s most impactful if you write your own; click here to generate a pre-addressed email form, or...
- Or: Use our Phone2Action tool: this version if you’ve already emailed your own legislators, or this one to reach both the committee and your legislators.
- And please continue to promote the Safe Communities campaign via social media! Follow us on Facebook and share our posts, or look out for the hashtag #SafeCommunitiesAct on Twitter and Instagram.
Hundreds of you have already emailed the Public Safety Committee, and it’s been noticed. Let’s keep it up!
3. Community Conversation: The Racist Legacy of Chuck Stuart
When: Saturday, January 25, 2:00-4:30 pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury
In 1989, Chuck Stuart murdered his wife and falsely accused a Black man of the crime. Following the murder, the Suffolk County DA and the Boston Police Department waged a campaign of terror against black men - placing an extra 100 officers on the streets and performing upward of 150 “stop and frisk” searches per day. The City of Boston has never reckoned or repaired the harm done to its Black communities. Join Families for Justice as Healing for a community conversation on policing, prosecution, reckoning and releasing people from prison.
4. Confronting Systemic Racism
When: Starts Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020, 6:30 pm
Where: 501 Boylston Street, Suite 10, Boston
A five-week course for action planning, community, and skill-building to confront systemic anti-racism and anti-oppression. This course will focus on bridging a deep understanding of personal and structural racism into commitments and a solid plan to move forward.
Can't make it?
Sign up for another session starting on March 4th.
5. Organizing for Housing Justice in Brookline
When: Monday, January 27, 7:30-9:00 pm
Where: Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline
We need more voices to stand up for integrated, multi-family housing affordable to households of all types. Join us to learn more about affordable housing in Brookline, including Brookline's five-year Housing Production Plan adopted in 2016 and Massachusetts' Chapter 40B (the "anti-snob zoning law"). Plan outreach to more churches, synagogues, and mosques in our interfaith effort. Look ahead to the Town Meeting in May.
6. Solitary Confinement is Torture
Invite your legislators to the Solitary reform Briefing on:
When: Wednesday, January 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Where: State House, Room 428
Speakers will include solitary survivors who will discuss the impact of solitary confinement.
Here’s what you can do right now to fight for reform: Please call your legislators and ask that they co-sponsor this important bill.
Suggested call script:
Hello. My name is ___ and I’m calling from (city/town). The Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018 created mandated reforms for Solitary Confinement that the DOC is not following. Senator Eldridge has filed a new bill to address the problems. I’m calling to ask that Senator ---- (or Representative ---) to ask that they please sign on as a co-sponsor of this bill. Thank you.
7. Solitary Confinement is Torture - First Workshop
When: Thursday, January 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: UU Church of Worcester, 90 Holden Street, Worcester
The Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018 mandated multiple solitary confinement reforms that have yet to be enacted.
Join us as we hear from members of the post-incarcerated community, survivors of solitary and advocates for change. We will also hear from legislators who are working with us to pass new legislation strengthen reform.
Learn more about what’s happening and how you can help.
Questions: Cassandra Bensahih 508-263-0113
This event is free but please RSVP.