Category: Other Local Programs

Safe Communities Act (H.3269, S.1305) Public Hearing

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017

Time: 10am-3pm

Location: State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

We seek compelling testimony and support to educate the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security about the impact that Trump’s aggressive enforcement and rhetoric are having on the ground, driving immigrants away from seeking public services and assistance, including public school, healthcare, and police assistance. Written testimony is also needed.

All members of the committee are listed HERE.  The Chairman and Vice Chairs can be reached at:

Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov

Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov

Michael.Moore@masenate.gov

Here is a Fact Sheet on the Safe Communities Act via MIRA Coalition to help you craft your argument in support.

IF YOU WISH TO TESTIFY:
Arrive by 9:15 a.m. to sign up as an individual or a panel (3 or 4 people testifying together – sign all your names together). Expect to wait on line – it’s first come, first serve. Three minute maximum per person.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE OR DON’T WANT TO TESTIFY it’s critical that you come to show your support. Plan to stay all day if you can. If the hearing room is full, use that time to visit your legislators. Find them below. (Ask to speak with staff.) You can also organize a vigil in front of the State House. No signs allowed in the building, but we will have stickers to wear inside.

EITHER WAY, PLEASE SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY.

Find more information on the Safe Communities Act and what it is HERE.

Immigrants Day at the MA State House

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Immigrants Day at the State House – Meet with your legislator!

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Hosted by: MIRA

Location: Massachusetts State House (Hall of Flags) – 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

Now is the time to make your voice heard! Come join us at the State House to talk to our legislators and let them know that immigrants are a valuable part of our commonwealth and deserve to have the same rights as everyone else. Before you come register here and make an appointment with your legislator!

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Black Lives Matter Boston Teach-In

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Black Lives Matter Boston Teach-In

Time: 1pm – 2:30 pm

Presentation by: Black Lives Matter – Boston

Location: UU Church of Haverhill – 15 Kenoza Ave, Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830

Leaders from Boston’s BLM Movement will be here to help us understand this day in age through the lens of Black Lives Matter. There will be updates on their racial justice work and how we can be part of the movement.

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SHOW UP: Day Without Immigrants March

Monday May 1, 2017

Un Día Sin Inmigrantes Marcha /Day Without Immigrants March

Organized by: Cosecha Lawrence

Location: Campagnone Common – 200 Common Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

(From the event page):

Lawrence has always been a city of immigrants. In 1912 Lawrence immigrants who demanded better wages and better work conditions made history leading the successful strike “Bread and Roses” that lasted 9 weeks.

This May 1st if you are an immigrant and/or believe in immigrants’ rights join the national boycott do not go to work, school or buy anything on this day join Cosecha Lawrence and several other local organizations at our Day Without Immigrants march in Lawrence. Lets show the public how much the economy of this country depends on immigrants, but most importantly that Lawrence is ready to stand up again for human and labor rights of all immigrants!

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Sanctuary Trainings

 

SANCTUARY TRAININGS

As you know, “sanctuary” is an ancient religious tradition by which temples, churches, mosques, or even entire cities shelter and protect those who are in danger.  There’s renewed interest in applying this tradition to the plight of undocumented immigrants in the Valley and across the nation. 

At the request of numerous Merrimack Valley religious leaders, MVP is taking a lead role in organizing trainings on sanctuary.

MVP and other community groups are holding a January 19 Sanctuary training in Lowell at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 282 Suffolk St., from 7:15 – 9:15 pm. (Note: new time.)

In Lawrence, MVP & Communities Together, Inc. are planning a Sanctuary training for Spanish-speaking clergy and leaders, tentatively scheduled for February 1.  Details to follow.

Call MVP now (978-686-0650) to reserve space at any of these trainings. If you’re interested in a Sanctuary training in your city or town, call Leena Mathew at 413-977-8518, or Luke Hill at 401-556-6327, or email mvalleypr@gmail.com.