REPOSTED FROM MIRA - Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Dear Safe Communities supporters:
This Monday, March 4, is a very big day. Hundreds of us will be at the State House for Immigrants’ Day, the biggest lobby day of the year for immigrants and refugees and allies, organized by MIRA Coalition. We will have a speaking program at 11am that will highlight the Safe Communities Act and breakout sessions at 12:30 and 1:15 pm that offer an excellent opportunity to promote the bill and discuss it with our legislators.
Our keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and we’ll also have Senate President Karen Spilka, Safe Communities Act Senate sponsor Sen. Jamie Eldridge, and ACLU Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose, among others. But the most important part of Immigrants’ Day is lobbying, which MIRA has stepped up significantly for this year.
After the speaking program, we have a breakout session in the Great Hall at 12:30pm focused on the Safe Communities Act, with Sen. Eldridge as well as House sponsors Rep. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda and as many additional legislators as we can persuade to come join us. At 1:15pm, we’ll also have regional meetings: Merrimack Valley (Room 109), Essex County (Room 511), Worcester/Central Mass. (House Members Lounge), Metrowest (Room 222), and Southern Mass. (Room 350).
Please join us! We want to seize this opportunity to make a big impact for the Safe Communities Act. Register here so we know you’re coming, and please call and/or email your legislators to ask them to join one of the breakout sessions, or else meet with you one-on-one earlier or later in the day. You can share the SCA factsheet and the event flyer with them (which shows dozens of event cosponsors). We also have some tips on how to speak to your legislators (English and Spanish).
We look forward to seeing you there!
MIRA Director of Legislative Affairs
More Info on the Safe Communities Act