CALL TO ACTION – State: Immigration Advocacy and an Opportunity to Advocate on Beacon Hill

This is an opportunity to join others from around the state to learn, lobby and become leaders on this issue. We’ve had several people respond to our newsletter and survey who are interested in working on this issue at the state, local and national level and will be organizing a working group. (Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about our working groups)  We recently got word that a new coalition of working groups has formed on the Cape, and we plan to be a part of that coalition.

MA Congressman Joe Kennedy tells a story about a certain Irish immigrant family.

A BILL HAS BEEN FILED

Immigrants all over the country and here on Cape Cod are feeling threatened and insecure. These men, women and children are important and valuable members of our communities. Legislation has been filed – see fact sheet for this bill, MIRA.SafeCommunities.Supporter.FactSheet – to protect MA immigrants’ rights. Will your State Senator, or State Rep support it? Ask him or her: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator.

ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ADVOCATE ON BEACON HILL!

The group the legislation, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, has organized a day of advocacy on Beacon Hill:

Join us on April 5th to talk to our state legislators about how they can support the immigrant community in Massachusetts. We will be advocating on behalf of the 1 million foreign-born residents of the Commonwealth–and talking to our legislators about why they should support the Safe Communities Act and other pro-immigration legislation. The event begins at 9 am at the State House and lobbying will go until 3 pm. REGISTER HERE. There will be keynote speakers in the Hall of Flags from 10:00-11:00 am, after which we encourage you to meet with your legislator. You can find your legislator here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator. Don’t forget to make an appointment before April 5th!

This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t lobbied to accompany others who are more experienced.  When you are passionate about something, it is easy to advocate, and for those who are lobbying that day, sometimes visiting legislators with others means strength in numbers. (We always say we come representing an exponential group of women.) If we hear of any groups planning to organize buses or transportation, please share and we will be sure that information goes out to our entire membership.

CONTACT GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER

The group reminds us, “Twenty or 30 years from now, history will judge how we treated immigrants and Muslims, and we need our state leaders to stand up for our Massachusetts values.” They urge us to contact Governor Baker  to urge his support and endorsement of this bill.

Read the MIRA.SafeCommunities.Supporter.FactSheet and use this sample script:

Good morning/afternoon. My name is __________. I live in____________ and I’m calling to thank the Governor for his letter to DHS opposing the unconstitutional travel ban, and to urge his support of the Safe Communities Act, sponsored by Senator Jamie Eldridge (S.1305) 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 or create a Muslim registry.

Massachusetts leadership has always helped shape the nation’s consciousness on civil rights. Today, we need to see that kind of courage from all state leaders on behalf of immigrants and Muslims in our communities.

Can I count on the Governor’s support?

[Be sure to give Docket Numbers of bills: S.1305 and HD.3052]

TELL US!

Be sure to let us know when you contact the Governor or your legislator. Share it here in comments (you have to give your name and email address but emails are not public, and comments are moderated so they don’t usually post instantly.)  Your experience will  become part of this story. And, if we find that state reps. or senators are not supporting this bill, we will know who to target. (Send an email if you aren’t comfortable leaving messages)

Be sure to talk about this with friends and families. Share this post and your experiences.

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