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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Report Out the MA Trust Act
Week of Action to Press Committee
Chairs to Report Out the MA Trust Act -- Please call or E-mail the
During the week before Valentines Day, the Massachusetts Trust Act
Coalition announces a week of action calling Chairmen James Timilty and Harold
Naughton of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee to pass the Trust
Act out of their committee. The Coalition will formally deliver a letter from 33
Massachusetts law professors, explaining the legal rationale for the Act.
The MA Trust Act is currently in committee and must be
reported out before the middle of March or else it will die for this legislative
session. The Trust Act will rebuild the trust lost between immigrant
communities and the police by making it clear that the police are not required
to hold people who have been arrested for ICE detention.
“In this season of love, too many Massachusetts
residents are suffering broken hearts because their families have been torn
apart by the Department of Homeland Security’s unjust and broken Secure
Communities policy. This week we are making sure not one more family feels that
pain of separation by calling the chairs of the Public Safety and Homeland
Security Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee to pass the Massachusetts
Trust Act out of their committees.” – Jesse Jaeger, Executive Director of UU
Week of Action:
All Week (2/10 to 2/15) – Residents of
Massachusetts will be calling and emailing Representative Naughton and Senator Timilty
asking them to take action.
Wednesday (2/12) at 10:30am – Press Conference:
Harvard Legal Opinion on ICE Detainers from 33 Massachusetts Law Professors.
Unitarian Universalist Headquarters, 25 Beacon St (right next to state
house). Click here for more details.
Thursday (2/13) at 6:30pm – Screening of “The
State of Arizona” at Centro Presente (17 Inner Belt Rd, Somerville, MA
02143).Click here for details
Friday (2/14) all day – “Our Hearts are Broken” social
media action. Residents across Massachusetts will change their social media
profile picture to a broken heart to be in solidarity families broken apart by
ICE. Click here for image.
Saturday (2/15) at 5pm – Boston New Sanctuary Movement
Detention Center Candlelight Vigil. Two Locations: the Suffolk County Detention
Center (20 Bradston St, Boston, Ma - Click here for details) & the Plymouth County Detention
Center (Parking lot of Joann's Fabric, Shops at Five Way, Plymouth).
Justice with Peace is a coalition of peace and justice organizations and
community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The UJP Coalition, formed
after September 11th, seeks global peace through social and economic