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 Committee Chairs

support the Mass Trust ActDuring 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 Mass Action 
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.
Tuesday (2/11) at 6:30pm – Screening of “The Vigil” at First Church of Northampton (129 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060).Click here for details and tickets.
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).

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