Two Highlighted Events:
International Workers Day of Action – May 1
On May Day, community and immigrants’ rights organizations will mobilize thousands to call for an end to the Trump Administration’s mass deportation strategy. The Trump Administration’s systematic attempt to criminalize immigrants is not only an assault on the civil rights of communities of color but a dangerous path that is already having dramatic consequences in communities across the country as hate crimes against immigrants and those perceived to be foreign continue to spread. Flyer (Spanish/English)
Schedule, Boston Actions
12:00 Noon: Rally at the State House Steps in Support of Safe Communities Act
5:00 PM: Rally at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common
Schedule, March & Chelsea Rally
Everett – 4:00 PM: Gather at Everett City Hall, March to Chelsea City Hall
East Boston – 4:00 PM: UUs are gathering here
Gather at LoPresti Park (0.2 mile walk from Maverick T Station). Then, 2 mile walk to Chelsea City Hall.
Chelsea – 5:30 PM Rally at City Hall
International Worker’s and Immigrant’s Day Rally
When: Mon May 1st, 6 – 8 PM
Where: Framingham Center, Corner of Union Ave and Concord St
Raise Up Mass Progress as Resistance Conference
When: Sat May 6th, 1:00 – 4:30 PM
University Hall At UMass Boston (directions, info)
Join us on May 6th for Progress as Resistance, a statewide organizing conference to move forward a progressive agenda in Massachusetts! Come together with members of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition and activists from across the Commonwealth as we use resistance to make progress on economic, racial, and immigrant justice at home. This event will feature a briefing on how activists can engage in our campaigns and other allied progressive issues against the Trump agenda, including campaigns for a $15 Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, the Fair Share Amendment, labor rights, ending mass incarceration, jobs not jails, protecting public education, immigrant rights, and safe communities. Don’t miss this event, sign up to join us today!
Documentary: Containment, Presented by Cape Downwinders
When: April 28, 7:00 PM
Where: WHAT (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater) 2357 Rt 6
Although the film and program are free, you need to make reservations for your seat
This event is being planned by Cape Downwinders in anticipation of the upcoming town votes on the non-binding resolution to ask Governor Baker to ensure that the spent nuclear fuel rods be put in dry cask storage for the safety of us all. Former State Senator Dan Wolf and Karen Vale of the Cape Cod Bay Watch will be speaking prior to the film.
Can’t make it to DC? Go to a local Climate Mobilization!
When: Sat April 29, 12:00 to 3:30 PM
Where: Boston Common
On April 29, the People’s #ClimateMarch will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand JOBS, JUSTICE, and REAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. Here in Boston, we’ll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12pm on Boston Common. Join us!
For the full schedule of events and organizing details, see the Facebook Event Page
Join US for the Interfaith Service At Arlington Street Church before the March!
10:30 am – Gather with MAICCA/UUMass Action at the Arlington Street Church (351 Boylston Street). Sign-making and snacks in the Clarke Room.
11:00 am – Interfaith service in the sanctuary
11:30 am – Head to the rally on the Boston Common
12:00 pm – Rally for Jobs, Justice, and Climate on the Boston Common
1:00 pm – Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common. Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice (at indoor spaces around the Common)
Springfield Sister March in Solidarity with DC March
When: Sat April 29, gather at 3:00 PM, March begins at 3:30 PM
Where: City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield
Folks will be in the streets of Springfield in solidarity with other cities across the nation to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities, and our planet.
3:00 pm: Gathering Rally, Federal Courthouse, 300 State Street
3:30 pm: March begins
4:30 pm: Rally at Springfield City Hall
People’s Climate March
When: Sat April 29, 9:00 AM
Where: Washington DC
Join the People’s Climate March in DC: Saturday, April 29, 2017
First Parish in Concord has two buses leaving from their congregation and there are still seats available!
Two buses are being organized from Concord, MA to the national on April 29 in Washington, DC — sign up at the link here!
Cost is $110 per seat. Buses depart at ~10pm Friday and return early Sunday morning.
The march is 100 days into the new administration to demand action on climate change, climate justice and a renewable future. The march is led by a magnificent coalition of 300 labor, racial justice and environmental groups, including 350.org, Sierra Club, NAACP, Indigenous Environmental Network, SEIU and many more – lots more info at www.peoplesclimate.org.
Flyer about the Concord buses is here
The First Parish Brewster UU Presents: The Paul Hush Memorial Forum:
The Immigration Puzzle
When: Sat April 30, 2:00 PM
Where: The Brewster Meeting House, Rt 6A, 1969 Main Street, Brewster
Representative Sarah Peake
Collin Mickle, Esq., Coordinator, Immigrtion Resource Center
Sarah Leidel, Esq., Justice Center of Southeast Mass
Emily Leung, Esq., Justice Center of Southeast Mass
Out of Many, One
When: Sun April 30, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: First Church in Cambridge, UCC, 11 Garden St., Cambridge
Join together with our Muslim neighbors from the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and other Greater Boston Interfaith Organization leaders for an afternoon of learning, relationship and solidarity.
ISBCC spiritual leaders will offer an opening reflection. Others will share stories of their experience being Muslim in Boston.
You’ll also learn about specific threats facing the Muslim community in these troubling times and about what you can do to be of support.
The Muslim Community in the US
When: Mon May 1, 10 AM
Where: 309 Washington St (Rt 16), Wellesley Hills FLYER: Presentation4 (4)
Presented by Wellesley-Weston Lifetime Learning as part of the American Issues class. Anyone interested in learning more about our Muslim neighbors is welcome to attend this program as our guest.
Presenter: Shaheen Akhtar of the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland, is an interfaith liaison for the Muslim community. She has spent almost 20 years building bridges among people of all faiths.
For more information: 781-205-4204
Environmental Committee’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series: On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy
When: Tue May 2, 5:30 PM
Where: First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave, Worcester
This ‘green’ event will be powered by 100% renewable energy and is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by LWVMA and League of Women Voters of the Worcester Area. Support for the Climate and Energy Solutions Series provided by Mass Power Forward.
Speakers (Find bios here)
- David Ismay, Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
- Eugenia Gibbons, Clean Energy Programs Director, Mass, Energy Consumer Alliance
- Marla Marcum, Climate defense Project, grassroot Organizer
King Phillips War Battlefield Grant Meeting
When: Wed May 3, 11:00 AM
Where: Montague Town Hall (Turner Falls) 1 Avenue A, Turner Falls
just over the long bridge over the CT River on the left
You’re invited to the meeting of the Battlefield Grant network. Discussion of the 400th Anniversary of the Colonists landing at Plymouth (1620-2020) followed by a discussion on King Phillips War starts. Tribal representatives from Nipmuc, Wampanoag, and Narragansett are expected to attend.
Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: The Road from Pilgrim to Texas
When: Wed May 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen St, Kingston
Forum on High Level Nuclear Waste (HLNW), federal waste policy, and environmental racism of the nuclear waste industry. Flyer: Waste Tour Poster Pilgrim
- Rose Gardner, Sierra Club Texas, a resident of a community impacted by both a Texas low-level waste dump and a proposed centralized interim storage site for HLNW in Andrews County Texas
- Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, on the vulnerabilities of on-site storage of HLNW and federal policy
- Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network, will address the issue of NorthStar, decommissioning, and hardened on-site storage at nuclear reactors
Resistance School – Session 3: How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action
When: Wed May 3, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: Beverly Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly
President Trump’s election highlighted the long-term organizing effort needed to re-establish a progressive vision for our country. Our movement needs the structure and capacity to outlast any attack on our values and to move to offensive strategic effort. Marshall Ganz will engage us in a workshop on how to structure our organizing to build capacity and create widely distributed leadership opportunities. He’ll zoom in on launching strong leadership teams based on shared-purpose, interdependent roles, and norms to help us build strong organizations and leaders for lasting resistance.
Solar Power–Short Circuited or Wired In?
When: Thur May 4, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Where: Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Concord Rd., Wayland
Why is Eversource is looking to short-circuit solar power? What legislation is proposed to expand solar, stop spending ratepayer money on unneeded fossil fuel infrastructure, and allow the Public Utilities Commission to consider projects that would enhance a sustainable and just energy future? We invite all to attend to learn and to share ideas about advocacy and local actions at this public event.
Featured speaker: Nathan Phelps, VoteSolar.org, Program Manager
Light refreshments available
Sponsored by 350.org for more information, contact: metrowest@350MA.org
Black Lives Matter Boston presents:
The Power of Now: Where Do We Go From Here?
When: Sat May 6, 9 AM – 1 PM
Where: First Parish in Brookline, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline MA
Brookline Hills T stop, and Number 60 bus to Cypress and Walnut streets. Street Parking available
Tickets Workshop fees support Black Lives Matter Boston
Presenter: Karlene Griffiths Sekou
The current political moment in the United States presents some not so new challenges in immanent ways. There are real opportunities for resistance, growth, cultivating authentic and connecting relationships, and building collective power within a strong mass social movement.
This Level I Workshop will:
A. Will use personal stories, film, case study, and/or role play to build and strengthen participant conversations
B. Offer a framework for interpreting historical and current racialized, ethnic, and religious social and political violences
C. Will discuss what it means to grow–From Ally to Solidarity: Turning Privilege into Power and how we can support the Black Lives Matter Movement
Resistance School – Session 4: How to Sustain the Resistance Long-Term
Sunday, May 7, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Where: Beverly Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly
In our final session, we will learn how to build coalitions that leverage the talent and expertise of organizations across the progressive community. New York Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake will teach us how to form winning coalitions that strengthen the connective tissue between progressive groups and build the political power necessary to sustain the resistance long-term. Bringing everything together, Assemblyman Blake will send us off with the tools we need to take the resistance from political moment to social movement.
Give Light: Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism
An interactive workshop led by Rev. Fred Small
When: Sun May 7, 1:00 PM
Where: First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow Description:Fred Small Workshop
As we come to understand the gravity of climate disruption, it’s easy to become disheartened. How do we convert informed anxiety into effective action in our congregation, community, state, nation, and world? In this interactive workshop, Rev. Fred Small will invite us into meditation, reflection, conversation, and song, strengthening our spirits and deepening our resolve in the struggle for climate justice.
We would like to know in advance who will attend. To register or for more information, write firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is $20/person.
Key Information for Immigrants & Their Allies
When: Mon May 8, 6:00 – 7:45 PM
Where: Boston Public Library, Connolly Branch, 433 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
Janet Ceja and Monica Colón-Aguirre, professors at Simmons College, present this workshop on immigrant rights. Learn how to identify legal records, recognize warrants, and document raids. This workshop is designed for immigrants and allies with little to no knowledge about immigration rights.
After attending the workshop participants will be able to:
- Identify essential records to prepare in case of detainment
- Distinguish between an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Warrant and Judicial Warrant
- Document raids
Sanctuary & Solidarity Event
When: Wed May 10 at 7:00 PM
Where: First Parish Church in Bedford, 75 Great Road, Bedford
Attorney and President of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, Susan Church, will give a presentation at First Parish in Bedford. The presentation is designed to inform immigrants and their allies of their rights and to empower them in the era of significant ICE enforcement. In addition, Ms. Church will also be prepared to answer our questions about offering physical sanctuary and its legal implications. Don’t miss this opportunity to become informed and, importantly, to prepare for the support of a person(s) in sanctuary at First Parish. AND, please do invite any immigrants you may know who would benefit from this presentation.
The 4th Annual Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit
Finding Common Ground: To Move Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform to the Top of the Legislative Agenda in the Commonwealth
When: Mon May 15, 9:00 AM (registration opens at 8:30 AM)
Where: Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston REGISTER
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ralph Gants, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, and Marc A. Levin, director of the Center for Effective Justice & Right on Crime, will each participate in the fourth annual Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit.
The annual Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Summit brings together 300 leaders from around the Commonwealth interested in comprehensive reform. Participants include elected officials, policy makers, public safety and corrections officials, advocates, and civic and religious leaders from Massachusetts and beyond.
This year’s program will feature a two-part conversation on justice reinvestment in Massachusetts, informed by a new opinion poll as well as new MassINC research. The first piece of the conversation is how to save resources and maintain public safety through sentencing reform. The second component is how these resources could be reinvested into other public safety efforts as well as proven programs and services to build stronger communities and improve outcomes for people who were formerly incarcerated.
Know Your Rights as an Immigrant
When: Mon May 15, 6:00 – 7:45 PM
Where: Boston Public Library, Connolly Branch, 433 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project will conduct a “Know Your Rights” presentation. Come learn more about your rights when interacting with immigration officials, understanding your legal status and the immigration court process, where to find trusted legal resources, and what programs might be available to you.
Push Back at Trump, Tillerson and Trotsky* – Join the Billionaire’s Bash
When: Tue May 16, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Flyer
Where: Demonstration At The Ma Pension Fund (Prim) Office, 84 State Street, Boston
*M.Trotsky is the Exec. Dir. and CIO of the MA Pension Fund
Invited speakers/guests: divestment bill sponsor, Marjorie Decker; fossil fuel free investment expert Bob Massie; the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band
Part of the May 2017 Global Divestment Mobilization
A Conversation with Author Lisa Brooks, Author of the Common Pot
When: Fri May 19th, 6:30 PM
Where: Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave, Greenfield (Auditorium)
Sponsored by All Souls, Greenfield – Free event
Lisa Brooks is Abenaki, and the Chair of the Indigenous Network at U Mass and the “5 Colleges” in the CT River Valley. This older (1982) but still excellent book focuses on the Connecticut River Valley region, and offers insight into the indigenous people’s way of life prior to European contact. It also explores Indigenous leadership during extreme times of stress and violence up through King Phillips War.
Upstander Workshop, With True Story Theater
When: Tue May 23, 6-8:30 PM
Where: Parish Hall, First Unitarian Society in Newton, Parish Hall, 1326 Washington Street, Newton Flyer.Upstander Workshop.05.23.17
Learn how to support people targeted by bigotry. Workshop includes dramatically exploring the challenges of intervening, short presentations and handouts, and role plays.
RSVP requested, but not required: https://www.facebook.com/events/767326933416068/
Refreshments & childcare provided. Facility is wheelchair accessible.
Free and open to the public. Donations welcomed.
Cosponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston, Newton Human Rights Commission, First Unitarian Society in Newton, Temple Shalom, The Walker Center, The Protestant Chaplaincy Council, Just Peace Players, Newton Highlands Congregational Church, West Suburban YMCA Food donated by BJ’s
Learn How To Be An Active Upstander, Not a Passive Bystander
When: Wed May 24, 5:15 PM– Registration and Refreshments; 6-9pm – Training
Where: Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain
Join True Story Theater to develop skills to intervene if you witness identity-based harassment. As the Trump Administration continues its wave of racist, sexist, hateful, anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant sentiment, we all need to strengthen our skills to take concrete action to defend our Muslim friends, as well as all of the other communities that are directly impacted by Trump’s policies.
Save the Date:
4th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
When: Sat Aug 5, 10AM – 7:00 PM
Where: Unity Park, along Barton’s Cove, Connecticut River (GPS: 56 First St, Turner Falls)
Come enjoy this festival at beautiful Unity Park with nesting Eagles or waterfowl flying in the background of the Music Tent, over the River. Gather with 30 partaking artisans and crafts people, exhibits of crafts, canoes, jewelry, flutes, musicians, drum groups, elders, storytellers, a children ’s games tent, walking history tours, —visiting tepees and wiki-ups—and food. Take advantage of opportunities to purchase stunning art —basketry, jewelry and many crafts, and help make the Festival a success for our dedicated vendors!!
Saturday August 19th – Millions for Prisoners Human Right March – DC March Against Mass Incarceration
Robin Wall Kimmerer, the author of the absolutely stunning book” Braiding Sweetgrass.”The Rowe Center Presents:
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a remarkable writer. Poetry flows through her veins, but primarily she is a Botanist—both a Western Scientist and a practitioner of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (TEK), (Potawanami)
This event is scheduled for November 3-5 but it it is expected to sell out fast – Register today!
Vision: A world where all people are honored and valued