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In the last few days of 2015 the Department of Homeland Security engaged in round ups of Central American undocumented immigrants throughout the country. We have already heard reports that round ups have occurred already in East Boston, Chelsea, and Revere. We denounce this new policy of targeting our Central American sisters and brothers who have come to our communities seeking refuge from unspeakable violence. We are horrified that the Obama A...

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The incarceration rate in MA has tripled since the 1980’s, now on par with Kazakhstan. Our prisons are filled with those suffering from drug addiction or trauma, serving long sentences that ignore the underlying problem. We have been working on this issue for years, including winning a Drug Court in Brockton in 2014. We’re currently working with the Jobs Not Jails coalition on statewide legislation, working in local communities on police acco...

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“In our community, we have many who feel excluded from the right jobs or schooling or better housing simply because of the circumstances they find themselves in. We are called by Jesus to be our brother and sister’s keeper, to have real concern for others. We need to learn more from Pope Francis and commit ourselves to be a real community. Let us listen to one another’s stories and then work together to build up the kingdom of G...

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Over the past nine months, my life has changed. Back in January, I showed up at the wrong time for Choir rehearsal at Zion Baptist, but showed up at the right time for God to guide my path toward what I now feel called to do. Entering church, I was greeted by Rev. Kirk Byron Jones, who was meeting with Rabbi Margie about ECCO’s emergent Beloved Community campaign for racial justice and had just told her she should contact me! Since then, commun...