The Biden administration’s efforts to reverse Trump’s damaging immigration policies are hopeful --but what are our elected state officials doing to protect undocumented residents in MA? When it comes to safeguarding the health, safety, and legal rights of front-line immigrant workers and families, including those hit hardest by the pandemic, Massachusetts falls far behind many other “blue” states. Join JP Progressive’s Immigrant Rights Action Group (IRAG) to explore the history of immigration policy in Massachusetts with Gabriel Camacho, Political and Organizing Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers' Union Local 1445. Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire, and a lead sponsor of the Work & Family Mobility Act (WFMA), will give us a legislative forecast for 2021. The WFMA – first filed in 2004 – would ensure that all immigrants, regardless of status, have access to a driver’s license. This event will benefit the Driving Families Forward Coalition, a broad coalition of businesses, community organizations, faith groups, labor unions, law enforcement, legal/civil rights groups and mayors uniting to pass the WFMA. Register here to receive a link to the event.
Join JP Progressives for a discussion with Bostonians who are working to achieve police reform and fighting against police misconduct. We’ll discuss the history of police violence in our city, the current debate around police abolition, and possibilities for the future. Panelists:
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Suffolk 2nd District
Carl Williams, Activist and movement lawyer
Fatema Ahmad, Executive director of Muslim Justice League
Rahsaan D. Hall, Director, Racial Justice Program, ACLU Mass
People can register here: tinyurl.com/Policing-In-Boston
Massachusetts legislators have proposed numerous bills to help those being affected by the Coronavirus. "We have a public health crisis as the number of those infected grows every day. We have an economic crisis as the threat of a recession looms larger every day and workers risk weeks (or months) without a paycheck," wrote JP Progressives in an email. "And we have a democratic crisis as the virus outbreak challenges our ability to hold traditional in-person elections. And this is on top of the crises we already face, such as the inequality that affects all aspects of our society."
Local grassroots organization JP Progressives will be visiting Congressman Stephen Lynch's Boston office on July 25 to specifically ask him to close the immigrant detention camps on the southern border. "We are joining with other constituents in the district and hope to actually speak with Representative Lynch," said Anne Rousseau, co-chair of the JP Progressives. "The conditions at the detention camps are unacceptable and that has to change," said Molly Rose Tarpey, Director of Communications for Congressman Lynch, to Jamaica Plain News. "He believes that anyone in U.S. custody must be treated humanely and with dignity. In addition, the asylum cases need to be adjudicated expeditiously."
Join your friends and neighbors at Wenham Street Cinema (23 Wenham St. JP) to watch the second night of the first Democratic debate on Thursday, June 27th. Doors will open at 8:00, the debate starts at 9:00. Please bring food or drink to share and your own chair as WSC is a theater in a garage. For more information and to stay up to date on future events join the WSC Facebook group; for more info on the event check out the event page.