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    Together & Free: Rally Against Family Separation

    The Boston Mayday Committee invites you to attend

    Sat. June 30th
    Meeting at Boston City Hall at 11 a.m. and marching to Boston Common
    Rally will start on the Common at 12:30 p.m

    From the border to Boston and all over the country, families are being torn apart by a government that criminalizes, detains, and deports them. Recently, the Trump administration escalated its racist attacks on immigrants by separating children from their parents at the border and putting them in cages. After public outcry, their “solution” was to keep families together… in detention centers. Jailing families is not a solution.

    We know that families belong together and free, but this administration isn’t stopping there. Trump is also keeping people from majority Muslim countries from being reunited with their families in the United States. He is still fighting to keep the Muslim Ban in place. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the ban this week, and we need to let them know they have to overturn it once and for all.

    This goes beyond Trump. Deportation is part of a system that targets and profits off of immigrants and people of color. Now is the time to be clear: this is about putting an end to criminalization, detention, and deportations in our communities. NO ONE should be kept from the place they choose to call home and the people they choose to call family.

    Here in Massachusetts, we’re calling on elected officials to protect community members by passing basic protections included in our state budget: YES to due process for detained immigrants, NO to local police acting as ICE agents and asking about immigration status.

    Join us on June 30th to stand against family separation.

    Let us know if your group or organization would like to co-sponsor and support on this action!

    Hosted by March Forward Massachusetts and Cosponsors include: ACLU Massachusetts, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), AFT Massachusetts (American Federation of Teachers), ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), Anti Racism Collaborative, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Boston Interpreters Collective, Boston Mayday Committee, Boston Teachers Union (BTU), Boston Workmen’s Circle, Brazilian Women’s Group, Brazilian Worker Center, Cambridge Area Stronger Together, Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea Uniting Against the War, EBECC, Grassroots International, Indivisible Massachusetts, International Socialist Organization (ISO), Justice4siham, La Comunidad, March for our Lives, March Forward Massachusetts, Mass Peace Action, Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), Massachusetts TPS Coalition, MataHari Women’s Worker Center, MIRA Coalition, Muslim Justice League, NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts, New Bedford Worker Center/ centro comunitario de trabajadores, Our Revolution- Massachusetts, PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts), Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), Pioneer Valley Worker Center, Queer South Asian Collective, Revere Youth in Action (RIYA), SEIU 32BJ, Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), Unite Here Local 26, UU Mass Action, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, Young Democrats of Boston

    Upgrade Cambridge: Why is Internet Access Still A Luxury in America?

    According to US Census Data, virtually every high income Cambridge household has access to the Internet, while only 50% of our low income neighbors do. This leaves 5,000 households struggling to take part in our thriving economy. Upgrade Cambridge invites you to learn more and join the discussion about whaat you can do about it.

    Join Upgrade Cambridge at a screening of “Dividing Lines: Why is Internet Access Still a Luxury in America?” on June 21st, 7:30 PM, at the Central Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion involving the filmmaker and local digital equity advocates.

    Please RSVP here:

    Maria Smith, an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Harvard Law School, created Dividing Lines to highlight the stark divides, uncover the complex web of political and economic forces behind them, and challenge audiences to imagine a future in which quality internet access is as ubiquitous as electricity. In Cambridge, census data show the reality of these stark divides. While virtually every high income household reports having broadband at home, only 50% of low income households say they have broadband. This leaves approximately 5000 of Cambridge’s poorest households cut off from what has become a necessity of modern life.

    Panelists will include:

    Dr. Colin Rhinesmith, an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons and a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Colin’s research and teaching interests are focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital equity and community technology.

    Anne Schwieger, the City of Boston’s Broadband & Digital Equity Advocate. Anne works with people across Boston to figure out how they can make broadband work better for everyone. Anne also has served on the City of Cambridge’s Broadband Task Force.

    Poor Peoples’ Campaign – Washington DC Mobilization

    Please join the Boston May Day Coalition in supporting the upcoming mobilization in Washington DC on June 23 organized by the Poor Peoples’ Campaign. For more information and to purchase bus tickets, please access the following link:

    State House action to protect immigrant families in Mass

    State House action to protect immigrant families in Mass

    Wed 20th 12:30 PM – 2 PM

    Toddlers are being torn from their mothers’ arms. Children are being put in cages and warehoused at an old Walmart. Asylum-seekers escaping domestic abuse and gang violence are being turned away. And right in our communities, families are being torn apart every day by overzealous immigration enforcement. It’s morally abhorrent.

    So what is Massachusetts doing to protect immigrant families? The state Senate passed a budget amendment with 4 basic protections, to stop police from helping round up immigrants and protect civil rights and due process. But the House is doing NOTHING, and Governor Baker has threatened to veto the Senate measure.

    We’re NOT going to let them get away with this. Meet us on the State House steps at 12:30, and we’ll go into the State House together. Bring SMALL signs (8.5×11 or something you can roll up, so you can get through security), but most important, your voice. If the House won’t listen, we’re going to make ourselves heard!

    Hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center,

    also note

    Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly (Northampton)

    Hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center

    What is Sanctuary in the Streets?
    Sanctuary in the Streets is a rapid response network of 2,000 people and 40 congregations mobilizing against raids and deportations, workplace abuse, and hate crimes. We have a 24 hour response hotline and have trained 800 people to rapidly mobilize as a detention is taking place. Thus far, we have accompanied over 40 individuals/families facing immigration detention and/or deportation, and have worked with dozens of workers to win justice in cases of wage theft, retaliation, and sexual harassment.

    What happens at the general assemblies?
    At our general assemblies, all our committees meet: fundraising, education and media, logistics and technology, events and training, and our newly formed mutual aid committee. If you’re new, you’ll attend an orientation to learn about the network and the current projects of each committee. You’ll then be ready to join a committee or plug into existing projects!

    March Against Fascist Violence – June 2

    The Boston May Day Coalition has voted to endorse the upcoming ‘March Against Fascist Violence’ action organized for Saturday, June 2nd beginning at 10:30 AM. Please check the following link for more information:

    This march will be a counter-mobilization in opposition to an ultra-rightist rally that will be held at the Massachusetts Statehouse. These rightist are supporters of the generalized assault conducted by the federal government against youth, working people, and especially undocumented migrants who are fleeing violence, devastation, and extreme poverty, often directly resulting from US policy toward their home countries. We voted to join the march and avoid any physical engagement with the rightists. Our main goal is to get our message out about the nature of the general assault coming down from the government and the need to build a fight back movement against it. We expect the action to be a noisy affair and BMDC has taken no position on the ensuing verbal exchanges that will take place. We expect that the police will be on hand to protect the rightists and don’t expect any physical confrontation.

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