What is a progressive position on housing? That is the question that will be tackled at a JP Progressives community conversation on April 29. "The City of Boston is rapidly becoming more unequal and segregated than at any time in its recent history. Boston is one of the least affordable major housing markets in the world, and Massachusetts is one of the most unequal states in the country. Our community in Jamaica Plain is at the forefront of this crisis," says the description of the event on JP Progressives' Facebook page.
The JP Progressives are hosting their annual fundraiser on Dec. 12 and it's going to feature several newly elected sheroes. "Our work this year was extensive, and we are proud of both the results that we helped achieve and the effort we put forward. We gathered signatures for ballot questions and candidates. We organized phone and text banks to elect progressive candidates to state and federal offices across the nation.
The Trump administration's recent policy changes including repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), non-renewal of temporary protected status (TPS), child separation at the border, and travel ban of individuals from predominantly Muslim countries and the newly announced public charge policy have left the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in a state of profound uncertainty. How have these policies affected our local communities and what can we do in Massachusetts to address this crisis? In this forum, we provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes and how they are affecting our neighbors in JP and across Massachusetts. We will hear from affected communities and discuss how we can work together to push a progressive immigration agenda for Massachusetts
--Jose Palma, Coordinator, Massachusetts TPS Committee (non-renewal of TPS)
--Lily Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (repeal of DACA, challenges faced by undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts)
--Shannon Erwin, Muslim Justice League (travel ban, challenges faced by muslim communities in Massachusetts)
--Heloisa Galvao, Brazilian Women’s Group (the road ahead for reunited families)
-- Magalis Troncoso, Dominican Development Center (needs of immigrant communities in Jamaica Plain)
--Individuals and/or families from affected communities
More than ever, we need to stand with our immigrant allies to fight for progressive policy change in Massachusetts.
The Days of Reparations to African People is an annual, international speaking tour to raise white reparations to African (black) people and discuss how we as white people can be in genuine solidarity with African liberation. It is a campaign by the African Peoples Solidarity Committee and its mass organization, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, both founded and led by the African People’s Socialist Party. WHERE: First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain)
WHEN: Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 7-9pm
Suggested Donation $5 - No one turned away for lack of funds
Keynote Speaker: Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee
Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement
A Call to Build the Days of Reparations to African People
Leaders from the Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the Muslim Justice League are among numerous organizations who will speak at the JP Progressives' Immigration Policy & Action Forum on Nov. 13th. "In this forum, we provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes and how they are affecting our neighbors in JP and across Massachusetts. We will hear from affected communities and discuss how we can work together to push a progressive immigration agenda for Massachusetts," says a description of the forum according to a press release. The forum will be tackling several of the major human and civil rights crisis caused by the federal administration's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), non-renewal of temporary protected status (TPS), child separation of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border, and travel ban of individuals from predominantly Muslim countries.