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Information on Upcoming Actions
Listed in chronological order, as of Wednesday, August 16, 2017
This information was gathered through various sources, and in no way aims to be a complete listing.
*Knowing that many people in our communities will gather for prayer and public action this weekend, we offer the following questions for contemplation and discussion:
- What is one concrete action you can take today to oppose the despicable actions in Charlottesville and elsewhere in our country?
- How can you help address issues of racism and bigotry in your own community?
- Where might you engage in meaningful conversation and/or action with people from other religious and cultural communities?
- What sustains you in your peace and justice efforts? What resources do you need to carry this work forward?
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017: SERVICES
5 p.m.: The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization will host an Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength, this Friday at 5pm, at Temple Israel of Boston. Whatever else you choose to do this weekend, we hope you will make this a high priority.
6 p.m.: Temple Israel is inviting our interfaith community to join them for “A Sabbath of Love and Light,” a Shabbat worship experience open to all, devoted to the values of justice and compassion. Please extend this invitation to your family and friends. This is the time for us to be together with all who wish to counter messages of hatred by kindling the light of compassion and human dignity for all.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017: MARCHES AND RALLIES.
Should you choose to attend one of these, we urge you to find a buddy. Do not go alone.
10 a.m. "Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest and Resistance Rally." Gather at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury. Meet here and march to the Boston Common (organized by Fight Supremacy and Black Lives Matter). This is a very large march whose organizers are intending to confront the white supremacists. This may include conflict. If you are feeling called to march with them, know that this is a serious commitment. The organizers strongly request you prepare by attending a non-violent action training in advance. (While we do not formally endorse this rally, if you wish to go, we strongly urge anyone attending to first attend a training listed below)
12 p.m. on City Hall Plaza. The City of Boston in collaboration with the Black Ministerial Alliance hosts a rally to promote love and togetherness. This event is strategically choosing to avoid confrontation with the white supremacists in order to deny them an audience.
The Boston police will do their level best to place themselves between the white supremacists and any protestors. The Boston Police and State Troopers will be present with a significant show of force as well as many undercover officers.
NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TRAININGS TO HELP PARTICIPANTS PREPARE
Trainings by Black Lives Matter (To attend, RSVP M4BLMBoston@gmail.com )
- Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Arlington Street Church, Boston
- Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Rolling Training, Union United Methodist Church, Boston
- Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Hope Central Church, JP
Trainings by the Massachusetts Communities of Action Network (MCAN):
- Thursday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston (for this, pre-register here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MFPY9HZ – donation requested)
- Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston (for this, pre-register here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MFPY9HZ – donation requested)