October 13, 2019
in support of ReThink
Join us this Friday, October 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
65 Burroughs St, Jamaica Plain
RSVP: Eventbrite: Fundraiser for black youth organizing
Rethink develops the authentic leadership of youth of color in New Orleans. We support young people in seeing their personal and collective struggles in a larger political context and then translating solutions into mechanisms for change. Rethink is building people's individual and collective power to fight while simultaneously living into visionary alternatives to the system. I hope you can come out and hear from them yourselves and think about supporting their work. The global south has always been a catalyzing force of change. If you can't make it, donate to ReThink online.
First Thursday of each month, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Lawn of First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain. Guest Speaker, Reading of Names, Silent Vigil, Announcements. Continuing every month since December 2015.
Check out Boston Users Union's demands on Twitter, and contribute material aid - arrange pick up/drop off by direct messaging @classymscassie on Twitter
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests confirmed this week that Capt. Danilecki of the Boston Police Department, responsible for much of the violence against those counterprotesting Straight Pride, was also involved in operation clean sweep. Read more about Danilecki's role in Operation Clean Sweep.
We continue to call on the anti racist, anti fascist community to emphasize that the violence of 8/31 is something that Black and brown communities, poor people, people who use drugs, homeless people, and LGBTQ+ people experience every day. Disarm, defund, disband the police!
Wednesday, October 16, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Thursday, October 17, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
15 Bismarck Street, Mattapan MA 02126
Families and elders are struggling to keep their homes at Fairlawn Apartments in Mattapan, a 400+ unit complex, and your solidarity is needed! Join us to demonstrate community love and people power - and stop unaffordable, unjust rent increases of hundreds of dollars. The rent hikes we're seeing here are a case in point - we need rent control in Boston! Before the rally, sign the petition so we can reach 500 signatures: http://www.clvu.org/fairlawn_tenant_association_petition.
Sunday, October 20, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
In this Teach-In on Confronting White Christian Nationalism, Fatema Ahmad, Deputy Director of the Muslim Justice League, and Chris Messinger, Community Organizer and Social Justice Trainer, will guide participants in understanding the dynamics of white Christian nationalism, how it fuels the targeting of particular communities, and how we can respond in confronting the perpetuation of this ideology of hate and violence.
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
145 Tremont Street, Boston MA
Come phonebank with us in downtown Boston to help all Massachusetts residents, regardless of immigration status, access the basic right of a driver's license! Please bring a laptop/tablet/other Internet device, and sign up here so that we'll be able to contact you with more information.
Sunday, October 13, 8:30 - 10:00 PM
South Bay Detention Center (meet up at the corner of Southampton St. and Bradston St. in Boston)
Join Resist the Raids, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and bands from the Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands to show musical solidarity with our friends, family and neighbors who are locked up in Suffolk County House of Correction and the ICE immigrant detention center. Bring your drums, horns, pots and pans to break the silence around incarceration, raids and deportations. We want our folks home where they belong! Honk! down the walls!
Friday, October 18, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Pipefitters Local 537, 40 Enterprise St Dorchester, MA 02125
AARW turns 40 this year! Join us to help us celebrate! This will be a night of community and pan-Asian food as we honor the achievements of some of the Asian American community leaders in Greater Boston. All proceeds will provide critical funds to Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW).
Tuesday, October 15, 10:30 AM
Massachusetts State House- Gardner Auditorium
Currently, when demographic data is collected, they are combined to produce statistics as a single summary of an entire racial group (i.e. Black, Latinx, Asian, White). Without accurate data broken down by detailed sub-ethnic groups, critical needs of some communities could be left unmet. There is a bill in the State House to disaggregate racial data by ethnic groups and a broad coalition is calling for mass turnout to support. We are expecting there to be opposition and we need as much support as we can get!
With the recent news of Suffolk County terminating its contract with ICE, please read a statement from BIJAN to better understand the complexity and impacts of this decision (excerpt below):
"Any time a contract with ICE is ended, that is a win for people power. But we can’t fully celebrate the decision of Suffolk County to end its contract with ICE. We can’t celebrate because we fear our community members will be moved to other ICE jails instead of being set free. We can’t celebrate because the space that has caged these members of our community will simply be used to cage different members of our community." Read the rest of their statement here: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBondBoston/posts/3202484076489878.
The signature collecting for the Mass POWER campaign has begun! We have 100,000 signatures to get by November 20th, so we need all hands on deck. To sign up to canvas, please fill out this form.
Our friend Jude Glaubman is collecting retired cell phones for women leaving incarceration. If you have phones in usable condition to donate, get in touch with Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to feed the movement? Families for Justice As Healing is asking allies to provide meals to support their participatory defense meetings, where people fighting cases get together to plan their legal defenses and find community support. These meetings are based on the model of Mothers in Charge, a Black woman-led organization in PA.
SURJB is seeking meal captains to:
Interested? Fill out the form and if you have questions email Ray at email@example.com.
Black and Pink’s mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQ+/HIV+ people through advocacy, support, and organizing.
These drop ins welcome any kind of abolitionist energy, whether reading and entering mail into the database, writing letters, playing cards, or chatting. Formerly incarcerated and court involved people especially encouraged to attend. Cis, straight and/or free world allies are welcome!
This course will focus on bridging a deep understanding of personal and systemic racism and oppression into commitments and a solid action plan to move forward in action!
Participants will examine their roles in the dynamics of systemic racism and reframing their relationships to social justice movements. The course is geared to talk openly about our respective lived experiences in a racist and oppressive society as well as move beyond words toward action to dismantle racism, whether in our own personal sphere or in our communities.
Please join us for a powerful 5-week course facilitated by multi-racial team of 2 local facilitators. All are welcome and it is important to note that the course takes an explicit view that transforming both ourselves and our society to be racially just implicates a responsibility in white and privileged folks to engage in this work more robustly.
The course sessions take place for five consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, starting on October 8th through November 5th. Please note that the Eventbrite lists the event as ending on the same day of the course start, which is the case solely for course payment purposes. Location is private and shared with ticket holders only.
Tuition is $90 per person. Some sliding-scale need-based scholarships are available. For details on requesting a sliding scale tuition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register please complete the following 2 steps:
*Please note that the teaching location for this specific offering is not handicap accessible as there are more than ten steps to get to the entrance of the space we will be in. Anti-Racism Collaborative does offer this 5 week course at a handicap accessible location in Harvard Square regularly. Please click here for upcoming workshops, we apologize for the inconvenience.
***ARC reserves the right to reschedule sessions of this course due to inclement weather and matches the school delays, closures, and cancellations of local district to preserve the safety of its facilitators and participants. The decision to cancel sessions and shift the schedule does not permit us to offer a refund but we will honor an indefinite credit to participants who are unable to attend some or all sessions of the course.
Knapsack is a multiracial group hosted by Community Change Inc that is committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation.
Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Community Change, Inc: 2 Oliver St. Suite 802, Boston, MA 02109
In this meetup, we'll discuss the ways in which race has been a factor in U.S immigration policy both in the past and today, and how U.S foreign policy and intervention has factored into current day immigration problems. We'll share what we know about current efforts to address immigration issues and how people can get involved. Please RSVP here.
Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Community Change, Inc: 2 Oliver St. Suite 802, Boston, MA 02109
This is a time to be in community with others who are fiercely committed to anti-racism work and the dismantling of white supremacy. This month the conversation will focus on the book "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi. Please RSVP here.
Friday, November 15, 6:30 PM
Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA
This will be a night of music, food, celebration and reflection. The event will honor the work of ordinary people doing extraordinary anti-racism work in our community. Some of the honorees are members of SURJ Boston! Keynote by Chris Crass. Tickets available at tinyURL.com/drylongso.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.