Ways You Can Take Action Right Now
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SURJ Boston Public Education Working Group Actions:
1. Stop the FY2018 BPS Budget Cuts. The SURJ Public Ed group is taking up the call to oppose proposed budget cuts to Boston Public Schools.
49 schools in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) system have been targeted for budget cuts. Last year, mass mobilization succeeded in getting the Mayor to reverse BPS budget cuts. We can stop the cuts this year too! ACTION: Call the Mayor and your City Councilors (see flier for scripts)! If you live outside Boston, still call to voice your support and mobilize the people you know in Boston to do the same. The ask is simply for a larger budget allocation towards our schools.
Call your own District City Councilor - find their contact info at http://arcg.is/1TbgiP92
Call 4 at-large Councilors:
Michelle Wu (617-635-3115);
Michael Flaherty (617-635-4205);
Annissa Essaibi George (617-635-4376);
Ayanna Pressley (617-635-4217)
2. Calls for Sanctuary Schools. On March 7, the City Council voted unanimously to affirm Sanctuary Schools in Boston! Thank you so much for all your hard work and for showing up at the hearing. We packed the Sanctuary with over 200 people, and it would have been impossible for anyone to deny that our community stands with immigrant students. The fight is not over yet- we're pushing for the City Council to pass an Ordinance (which can become a law), and for the Mayor to take a strong stand for Sanctuary Schools. ACTION: Can you join s in calling the Mayor at 311 every day until he takes a stand? It takes less than 5 minutes. You can use this script: "Hi, my name is (your name) and I live in (your neighborhood). I’m calling to ask Mayor Walsh to continue to be a leader in protecting immigrants in Boston by supporting strong sanctuary protections for every student in BPS. Will he support Sanctuary Schools?" ***If you live outside Boston, still call to voice your support and mobilize the people you know in Boston to do the same.
3. BPS Teacher Support for BTU for All Campaign. Four radical progressive teachers that have been organizing for years are running for BTU leadership in the election in June. The campaign team is comprised of Jessica Tang for President, Erik Berg for Vice President, Betsy Drinan for Secretary-Treasurer, and Johnny McInnis for Political Director. Their win would result in the broadest POC leadership within BTU. ACTION: BTU for All is building a network of teachers in every school to get out information and build support. If you know any BPS teachers, you can reach out and connect them to the campaign. Email Dave Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Urgent Call-In Campaign to Pass Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act. Housing justice is racial justice. Now is the time to join the fight to stop widespread displacement – especially people and families of color – being caused by unwarranted evictions in the city of Boston. We have the #Right2Remain. Make calls now to City Councilors to support and vote Yes!
Defend Massachusetts Values Against Trump’s Anti-Muslim Immigration Plans - Support the Safe Communities Act! New state legislation would protect all state residents by ensuring that state resources are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrants and create a Muslim registry. Please ask your state senator AND your state representative to support this bill. Find your legislators here. Sponsored by the Safe Communities Coalition. Sample script:
Good morning/afternoon. My name is __________. I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative [name] and I live in____________. I’m calling to ask Senator/Representative [name] to cosponsor the Safe Communities Act, sponsored by Senator Jamie Eldridge (SD.1596) and Representative Juana Matías (HD.3052). This bill would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrants and create a Muslim registry.
Join the campaign to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day in Boston and Massachusetts. Sign the petition
Support the family of Terrence Coleman through this fundraiser. On October 30, Boston Police shot and killed Terrence Coleman, a Black man needing mental health treatment living in South Boston. Terrence's mother Hope Coleman said that Terrence was unarmed and posed no threat to anyone's life.
Keep it 100% for Egleston: PROTECT 26 School St Tenant Families from Displacement with Long-term Affordability and sign up to get more updates so residents from JP & Roxbury can show up to Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) meetings.
Sign this petition from Mass Against HP to end contracts with Hewlett-Packard (HP) until the company ends its corporate complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, U.S. deportations, and mass incarceration.
Sign the Youth Justice & Power Union call to Fund Youth Jobs in Boston
Cosecha is fighting for the permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the undocumented immigrant community. This means fighting mass deportation and winning long term protection. Join the Facebook Allies group. Donate. Sign the petition to pardon all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Sign up as a volunteer.
Read and share the White People 4 Black Lives Solidarity Statement with #Charlotte #Tulsa #Columbus
Support the Freedom Fighter Bond Fund to support legal costs for people demonstrating against the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC
Petition campaign to call for justice for Ty're King in Columbus
Read & endorse the Movement for Black Lives Platform, and sign and share the Movement for Black Lives Pledge
Give crucially needed donations to support bail funds and Black-led organizations here.
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To add your campaign to this page (lobbying, petitions, etc. related to racial justice) email us at SURJ@communitychangeinc.org