December 2, 2018
See photos from the vigil for Ms. Rosa here! UPDATE from CLVU: “About 100 of you turned up last night at the vigil to help Ms. Rosa Poincy keep her Dorchester home! THANK YOU for the #CommunityLove and #PeoplePower. #ChartwellHoldings, let Ms. Poincy remain in her home! Ms. Poincy is a disabled, low-income grandmother - there's no good reason to evict her; enough is enough. Please SIGN the petition if you haven't yet: clvu.org/chocolate_factory_petition”
In late October, over 50 people protested the eviction of artists at the Piano Factory in the South End (you can read about it here or here!) The owners of the studio space, the Shoreline Corporation are refusing to negotiate with the musicians they’re evicting in order to replace the studio with luxury apartments. Can you CALL or EMAIL Shoreline Corp and tell them to stop putting profits over people? Call (617) 491-2320 (press 2 to reach Robert Leahy) OR email Robert Leahy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!
‼️URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED ‼️ Our sisters and brothers in the Central American Caravan have been resisting the violence they face in their country and have arrived in Tijuana. We have been actively engaging in supporting the #refugee#caravan #exodus but we need YOUR support! They are currently in need of food, sleeping bags, and blankets! Any #donation helps in making it possible to bring volunteers to the #border to support the #dignity, #respect, and permanent #protection of our migrant families!
Please share the GoFundMe among your networks. Donation link here. If you are interested in supporting directly, sign our volunteer pledge here.
ICE is denying bond to people who have pending charges on the grounds that they are "dangerous," and then does not cooperate with local courts to allow people to defend themselves and clear their name because they are in detention. The charge is also used against them in immigration proceedings. This is an egregious undermining of due process that must end.
We are currently taking action to support our neighbor, Julio. Please help us get 1000 signatures on this petition that calls on the Middlesex and Suffolk DAs, and the Suffolk Sheriff to coordinate with ICE to make sure that Julio is transported to Cambridge District Court for his pre-trial hearings. And please support the fundraiser set up for Julio.
Friday 12/14, 6:00 PM, at 375 Centre St in Jamaica Plain. Celebrate the end of the year with us and the holiday/winter/snowy season!
Friday 12/14, 5:30 PM. Come enjoy good food, company, and learn about Student Immigrant Movement! This is open to the general public! RSVP for location here.
Workshops on Islamophobia for Muslims are few and far between, with most of them catered for non-Muslim audiences. On Dec. 16th at 3:00 PM, join the Muslim Justice League for a workshop on anti-Muslim racism, for Muslims, by Muslims. We will be unpacking what anti-Muslim racism is, how it functions, and we will be sharing a timeline of surveillance and policing of Muslims in the US. There will also be a screening of a short film and activities where we’ll build practices together to resist! When we say for Muslims - we welcome folks who identify regardless of practice! The workshop is free for members. For non-members, we suggest a donation of $10! The workshop will be held in downtown Boston, accessible by the T. Please RSVP here for the exact address and other details.
On Tuesdays, call Sheriff Tompkins 617-704-6655 or Tweet @stevenwtompkins.
As part of Suffolk County’s contract with ICE, there are about 190 immigrants jailed in the South Bay Detention Center. Yet Boston has a city ordinance for sanctuary protections of undocumented immigrants. Tell the sheriff’s office that they have the ability to cancel the contract and the responsibility to ensure that all detainees are promptly released.
The Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP) is a CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program funded by the Department of Homeland Security that targets Somali youth (age 13-17) in Boston, unfairly viewing and treating them as susceptible to “extremism.” Targeting Somali youth is racist, anti-Muslim, and must end! Read more at the link above.
Burlington Area Clergy 4 Justice(BAC4Justice) organizers Jericho Walks, silent interfaith prayers and acts of solidarity. The walks draw inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. Join them on these Tuesday afternoons outside the ICE Field Office in Burlington, MA:
• December 18
Contact Laura Wagner at email@example.com for more information.
ICE is terrorizing immigrants at the border and in our communities. We can fight back by refusing to be complicit with institutions that cooperate with ICE
A petition calling for our mayor and city councilors to demand our institutional neighbors contribute to the future of ours schools and community. Institutions such as Harvard, Northeastern, BC, BU which together neglected to pay $36 million in PILOT payments and continue to underpay. Sign the petition!
Arya Serenity is the first openly trans woman to transition in a men's prison in Rhode Island. She will be released in January and her comrades in PVD Black and Pink are helping to raise money to get her on her feet. Donate to support Arya's re-entry here!
Training: December 10, 7 pm, 100R Warren St, Roxbury, RSVP here
On January 2, 2019 District Attorneys will begin a new term in office. We’re launching a First 100 Days Court Watch Project in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties to hold District Attorneys accountable for reducing pre-trial detention and addressing racial disparities. Volunteers will monitor how well prosecutors are living up to their campaign promises and complying with recently passed criminal justice reform. Come be trained and learn how to sign up for shifts in the new year.
#HowTheDOCStoleChristmas call-in campaign script and Facebook event.
The Baker administration and staff at MCI-Norfolk have canceled 10 visit days between now and the end of December, just as many major holidays are coming up for folks of faith. We can fight this -but we need your help!
Organizers at the Emancipation Initiative have kicked off their #HowTheDOCStoleChristmas call-in campaign. To support this effort we ask that you make three calls at least once a week to Governor Baker, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, and DOC Commisioner Thomas Turco. We all know how important family visitation is, especially around this time of year, and we’re hoping that we can put the pressure on to reinstate these visiting days so that people can see their loved ones.
You can read more about this campaign and call script here and follow the campaign on Facebook here.
Every year, Black & Pink volunteers send thousands of holiday cards to our incarcerated LGBTQ family. Host a card party for your friends, family, congregation, workplace, or community! "Most importantly, the holiday card party you are organizing is about planting a seed of hope. There is strength in hope, and when we fight together, we can win."
Times are drop in/drop out, so come for as long or little as you'd like. You will need a laptop. Come read prisoners' letters, learn about their struggles, and help out the Black and Pink family!
PAYPAL for donations is firstname.lastname@example.org. For longer range, recurring support join Campaign21 which moves us from emergency, crises driven giving to solidarity sustained giving.
SURJ Boston is a project of Community Change Inc (CCI), a Boston-based organization shining a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source.
Join Knapsack for more information:
Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and Sign up on the WPCR website
Sunday, 12/16, 12:30 pm in Jamaica Plain
Gathering with friends and family over the holidays? Anticipating conflicts?
We'll practice talking effectively and with love with folks about race, racism, white supremacy, and our values. RSVP to email@example.com. Please bring food to share if possible. Beverages will be provided.