Building Racial Justice Within ECCO

From: Tracy Best, ECCO and Bethel AME

 

I am so grateful to have been part of ECCO’s efforts for racial justice over the past four years.  While there is SO much more to do, together, we have improved police relations, made our communities safer for immigrant families, and are on the cusp of passing major statewide criminal justice reform.

 

Yet, the experience I have found most powerful within ECCO is the opportunity for people from VERY different backgrounds to get to know each other, to challenge our assumptions and build deep relationships across race, class, and faith.  But we know there is a lot more work to do.

 

This year, ECCO is embarking on a new experiment in community, where we will be creating small group cohorts that bridge race and class, in an attempt to deepen relationships and offer people the opportunity to learn from one another through sustained collaboration.

 

To learn how you can be part of these cohorts and lend your ideas to this new endeavor, please join us for our upcoming ECCO Community Meeting.

 

The meeting will also be an opportunity to check in about ECCO’s campaign work, and to find out how you can work with people in your region to defend immigrant families and also advance economic justice and criminal justice reform.

 

What: ECCO Community Meeting: Building Racial Justice Within ECCO

When: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 7pm

Where: Zion Baptist Church, 4 Adams St., Lynn

RSVP: RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/eccofebruary18rsvp.

 

Thanks so much,

Tracy Best, Bethel AME and Vice President of the ECCO Board

 

Upcoming Events

 

Hearing on Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave

When: Tuesday, 1/30, 1pm

Where: State House Room B2

RSVP: RSVP for the hearing on Raise Up MA’s  Facebook event

 

Join ECCO and Raise Up MA a State House hearing on raising the minimum wage to $15/hour and passing paid family leave.  We will likely have to fight difficult battles to pass these on the 2018 ballot, unless we can convince the MA State Legislature to pass these important bills themselves!

 

Call-In Day to Support Immigrants by Passing the Safe Communities Act

When: Wednesday, 1/31, 9am – 5pm

 

Call your State Senator and State Representative and ask them to 1) support the Safe Communities Act and to 2) call the Chairs of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committees, Sen. Moore and Rep. Naughton to urge them to report the bill favorably out of committee by the Feb. 7th deadline.

 

To find out who your state legislators are go to www.wheredoivotema.com

All legislators can be reached through the State House Switchboard at (617) 722-2000, or you can find their direct numbers by visiting

https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/House for your State House House Rep and

https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/Senate for your State Senator

 

ECCO Community Meeting: Building Racial Justice Within ECCO

When: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 7pm

Where: Zion Baptist Church, 4 Adams St., Lynn

RSVP: RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/eccofebruary18rsvp

 

Join us at our monthly ECCO Community Meeting, to learn about our new multiracial cohorts.  The cohorts aim to deepen relationships and offer people the opportunity to learn from one another through sustained collaboration.  Join us to learn how you can be part of these cohorts, and to lend your ideas!

 

The meeting will also be an opportunity to check in about ECCO’s campaign work, and to find out how you can work with people in your region to advance immigrant rights, economic justice, and criminal justice reform.

 

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