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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 supportive community.
1. Call-in to Support ICE Detainee Hunger Strike
On Friday, February 15th, approximately 70 ICE detainees at the Suffolk County House of Correction launched a hunger strike calling for an end of abuse and for more humane conditions. Four people are currently being held in solitary confinement in direct retaliation for participating in this hunger strike. Contact the Suffolk County House of Correction and call for better conditions at the facility and for all detainees to be immediately released: 617-635-1000, extension 6510 or 2030.
2. Activist and Detainee: Sign Public Statement of Support
The Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network stands with our friends at No More Deaths, who were recently found guilty of misdemeanor charges in Tucson for leaving food and water in a part of the desert where 155 border crossers are known to have died since 2001 and where countless more have gone missing. No More Deaths is asking everyone who believes that people have the right to receive food, water, and medical care regardless of their documentation status to sign onto their Public Statement of Support, which will be published in a print newspaper ahead of the second round of trials beginning in late February.
Join our network of members fighting the injustice of detention and deportation through rides, donations, letters, advocacy, home hospitality, and much more.
3. Environmental Justice Practitioners Network Webinar Series: The Formation of the Environmental Justice Movement with Paula Cole Jones
When: Thursday, February 28, 7:30-9 pm
Where: Online (see links below)
Hosted by: Ministry for Earth
Paula Cole Jones is the founder of ADORE (A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity), a former president of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries), and an independent consultant specializing in multicultural competencies and institutional change. Paula will build upon her chapter in "Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, & Environment" about the historical formation of the environmental justice movement.
NOTE: This book is the UU Common Read for this year and First Parish in Brookline book club will discuss it on March 10.
4. Jamaica Plain Forum: This Ain't Normal
When: Friday, February 22, 7 pm
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain
A profile of the stories of gang-involved youth and young adults in the high impact crime neighborhoods of inner city Boston, the street workers and social workers tasked with helping transform their lives, and the organizations attempting to provide the bridges to opportunity.
This film is part of the Dismantling White Supremacy film series co-hosted by the Jamaica Plain Forum, the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, and the Theodore Parker Church's Racial Justice Task Force. There will be a panel discussion following the film, including the film maker and some of the film's subjects.
5. Exploring Roxbury's History: See Roxbury with Fresh Eyes
When: Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Where: Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston
Discover the history of the black community on Beacon Hill with a visit to the African Meeting House (the oldest extant black church in the US) and the Smith School. Many active abolitionists lived here in the early 19th century. Later the community moved from Beacon Hill to the South End to Roxbury.
Roxbury historian Rep. Byron Rushing will join us to talk about the movement of the black community from Beacon Hill to Roxbury. Don’t miss his engaged style and penetrating knowledge. From 1972 to 1985, he was President of the Museum of African American History and under his direction, the museum purchased and began the restoration of the African Meeting House.
Meet at the Museum at 46 Joy Street. Cost is $3.50 if we get a group of 20, otherwise $10. Lunch catered by Haley House will be available after the visit at 12:30pm for $12. Pre registration required to . In the registration, please state whether you want to stay for lunch.
6. Immigrants' Day at the State House
When: Monday, March 4, 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston
Lead Organization: MIRA
For the 23rd year in a row, we’re making our voices heard at the State House! Join us for Immigrants’ Day, the biggest lobbying day of the year for immigrants, refugees, and allies. Let’s fill those halls with new Americans and allies ready to share our stories and tell legislators why 2019-2020 is such a crucial session!
7. U.S. Slavery in a Global Context, From the Bible to Today
When: Monday, March 4, 7-9 pm
Where: First Parish UU of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington
Slavery is a continuing wound in the soul of our country. We were not alone. Before 1800, most societies included slaves. And only about 1 in 50 captured Africans ended up in the U.S. What was distinctive about slavery in the United States? How does slavery relate to global patterns of forced labor, race/ethnic/color prejudices, and gender inequality? Did slavery wound other countries differently?
Our speaker, Lori Kenschaft, has a Ph.D. in American Studies and is the author of Lydia Maria Child: The Quest for Racial Justice and co-author of Gender Inequality in Our Changing World.
This program is in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans in Virginia. It is co-sponsored by First Parish Arlington’s Racial Justice Coordinating Committee and STAR adult religious education program.
Questions? Email .
8. Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Training
When: Saturday, March 9, 10 am - 3 pm
Where: First Parish in Waltham, 50 Church Street, Waltham
Presenter: Laura Wagner, Executive Director UU Mass Action
Accompaniment networks support our immigrant neighbors who face overwhelming stress and the threat of family separation each day. For the past two years, faith communities, community-based groups and other organizations have organized networks of volunteers who provide accompaniment to their immigrant neighbors. Accompaniment network organizing is grounded in the idea of “Creating Sanctuary Everywhere.” Moving towards this goal requires being in relationship with those who are most directly impacted.
This workshop will also provide an opportunity to learn more about developing the capacity to meet the needs that exist in our community