RISE Updates: Climate Justice, Standing Against Gun Violence, and More

Grab a Beer with GreeningRozzie and RISE!

Join us for an informal get together to talk about climate justice! We’ll have a copy of Michelle Wu’s newly released climate justice report that we can chat about. We’ll also have postcards from Boston Climate Action Network that you can use to urge Mayor Walsh to take action on clean energy. Bring a snack to share, if you’d like.

When: This Sunday, February 25, 4-6 pm
Where: Trillium Beer Garden, 4228 Washington St.
For more info: Contact Eric Smalley at info@greeningrozzie.org

Criminal Justice Working Group

The Criminal Justice Reform working group is planning on holding a Restorative Justice Forum in the near future. To learn more and participate in the planning of this event please come to our next meeting.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st6:30 pm
Where: Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street 
For more info: Contact Sharon Sabin at Sharon.sabin.89811@gmail.com

Meeting to Explore a “School for Activists”

Join the first meeting of people interested in helping to start a school for activists in or near Roslindale, modeled loosely on the Sojourner Truth School in Western Mass.

When: This Thursday, February 22, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street
For more info: Contact Madeleine Cousineau, mcousineau@outlook.com

Standing Against Gun Violence

RISE is hoping to connect with the growing movement against gun violence. If you want to help RISE take action, contact Andy Lesser-Gonzalez at alessergonzalez@gmail.com.

Updates from the Immigrant Rights Working Group

Safe Communities Act: Our collective efforts resulted in both Rep. Scaccia and Senator Rush sending letters to the chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security requesting that the Safe Communities Act be moved out of committee for a full debate and eventual vote. However, the bill was recommended for further study – essentially tabled.

The Safe Communities is still in play, although the process is complicated. Rep. Matias has refiled it as a late file bill – a new bill with amendments, a new name and docket number that can move forward with or without a hearing. This bill has the support of both the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police and the Mass Chiefs of Police Association, essential to gain the support of conservative House members.

The Safe Communities Coalition with 185 endorsers is considering the best way to move forward. Remember that California managed to get through this very messy process and finally ended up passing a model bill. We can do this! We’ll let you know the next steps needed.

Know Your Rights: On February 17, the Boston Interpreters Collective featured RISE Know Your Rights materials and members active in developing immigrant legal clinics as they trained new interpreters for the Collective. Know anyone who needs to know their rights in the event of encountering an ICE agent? Contact roslindalerise@gmail.com for Know Your Rights materials in Spanish, English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese or Albanian.

Also Coming Up

Discussion on Race with The Boston Globe Spotlight Team

Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm
Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Highway

The Friends of the Library will welcome Adrian Walker and Liz Kowalczyk, reporters from the Boston Globe Spotlight Team, to discuss their most recent investigative series on race in Boston. We will discuss the difficulties of talking about Boston’s racial history, how much the city has progressed, and what can be done at a neighborhood level to make progress in understanding and equity. More Information: friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.

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