Stop Sen. Warren and Markey from voting to give ICE $25 Billion More, Again! CALL TODAY!

Last week I spent many hours at the hospital visiting Maria, a woman many of us met at ECCO’s March Community Meeting.  After a long labor, Maria gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I have three daughters of my own and I know that the birth of a child should be a glorious moment for a new mother.  But Maria is scared; scared of being deported because she is undocumented; scared of being separated from her baby daughter; scared of leaving her daughter orphaned; scared of being forced to leave her daughter in the hands of the state.  I personally know of 6 families with children who have lost one or both parents to deportation in the last year alone! The night I met Maria at an ECCO meeting, I also met Sylvia whose husband was detained recently leaving her alone to care for 3 daughters, including baby twins.  As a mother and an immigrant, this pain is too much to bare.

What if ICE were given an additional $25 billion?  How many more families could they destroy?  Deportations are already up 50% from last year in Massachusetts.  On Feb. 15, both Senators Warren and Markey voted for a bill that maintained DACA but would give ICE $25 billion additional dollars to wage terror throughout the country.  See their votes here.  The bill did not pass.  Now, on Friday, March 23rd, the Senate will vote on the federal budget.  ICE wants at least $25 billion more this year! ICE’s official spokesperson in San Francisco resigned yesterday stating that ICE administrators routinely made false statements.

We know they violate people’s civil rights EVERY DAY.  We know they violate people’s human rights EVERY DAY. Like Cecilia Larios, who needs immediate medical attention but has been languishing at the Boston detention center for months.  We know they destroy families EVERY DAY.

CALL SENATORS WARREN and MARKEY TODAY.

Ask them NOT TO GIVE ICE ANY ADDITIONAL MONEY.

Fill Their Voicemails & Invite Family and Friends To Do the Same.

The message:

Senator Warren and Senator Markey, We need you to be courageous and JUST SAY NO to more money for enforcement and deportations.  No to more deportation agents. No to more detention beds. No to more border militarization.

Use this number for both calls:       1-844-332-6361

TODAY is ECCO’s Call in Day – CALL TODAY- Call every day until Friday, March 23.

Also, join us at a Vigil at the ICE Detention Center on Sunday, March 18 from 2 to 3pm – Suffolk House of Corrections, 20 Bradston St., Boston.

We are counting on YOU!

Vianca Cruz

Immaculate Conception Church, Salem

Upcoming ECCO Events


Vigil at ICE Detention Center
Sunday, March 18th, 2-3pm, South Bay Detention Center, 20 Bradson St., Boston, MA
Join people from ECCO and our partner groups across the state for a prayerful protest our government’s treatment of immigrants and the destruction of immigrant families.
Tags: Immigration, Public action, All ECCO

Lynn Only: Rep. Dan Cahill on Statewide Criminal Justice Reform

Monday, March 19th, St. Stephen’s, 74 South Common St.

Prep meeting at 5pm, Meeting with legislators at 6pm

RSVP required, to Rabbi Margie, mklein@eccoaction.org

Tags: Criminal Justice. Immigration, Planning Meeting, Meeting with Official.

ECCO North Regional Team Meeting
Monday, March 19th at 7pm, location TBD
If interested, contact Barbara Kaplan, bjkaplan4@comcast.net
Tags: Criminal Justice. Immigration, Planning Meeting, Meeting with Official. ECCO North


For Lynn Residents: Meeting with Police Captain Vail on Implicit Bias and Police Diversity
Thursday, March 22nd, Sacred Heart Church, 571 Boston St.
Prep Meeting at 6pm, Meeting with Captain Vail at 7pm
RSVP required, to Rabbi Margie at mklein@eccoaction.org.  

Tags: Criminal Justice, Meeting with Official, Lynn

Hearing and Vote on Lynn Wage Theft Ordinance – RESCHEDULED

When: Tuesday, March 27th at 7:15pm

Where: Lynn City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA

What: Join ECCO and NSLC to stand with Lynn workers and citizens for a public hearing and vote by the Lynn City Council.  With this win, NSLC and ECCO can join with others to introduce this type of ordinance in other cities and towns and help send out the message that WAGE THEFT HAS NO PLACE in our region!

Contact: For more information, contact Katie Cohen at (781) 595-2538 northshorelaborcouncil@gmail.com or Bob Reynolds at (781) 884-7336 or boblreynolds@gmail.com

Tags: Economic Justice, Public Action, All ECCO, but especially Lynn

ECCO Community Meeting: Training on Social Movements and Preparation for Immigration Action
Thursday, April 5th, 7pm, First Church Swampscott, 40 Monument Ave, Swampscott
Join people from across ECCO’s diverse community to learn about the role of social movements in social change and prepare for our major public action to protect immigrant families.
RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/eccoapril18.

Tags: Immigration, Public Action, Legislative, Training, Relationship Building, All ECCO

All ECCO North: Legislative Meeting with Senator Bruce Tarr*
Friday, April 6, 11am on Cape Ann, place TBD
Prep Meeting at 10am, Meeting with Senator Tarr at 11am
For more information and to RSVP, contact Barbara Kaplan, bjkaplan4@comcast.net
Tags: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Meeting with Official, ECCO North


Legislative Accountability Forum with Raise Up MA
Wednesday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30pm, location TBD
Join ECCO folks and activists for economic dignity from across the North Shore to urge our elected officials to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and pass Paid Family Leave.
Tags: Economic Justice, Meeting with Officials, All ECCO


Public Action on Immigration

Thursday, April 19th, Noon, Location TBD

Join ECCO leaders and others to state a major action to protect immigration families.  Details to follow!

Tags: Immigration, Public Action, All ECCO

Active Bystander Training
Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm, North Shore UU, 323 Locust St., Danvers
Join ECCO folks and others to learn how you can respond to and safely interrupt acts of hate and discrimination.
Tags: Immigration, Training, All ECCO


MCAN Leadership Summit
Sunday, April 29th, 3-6pm, Location TBD
Join leaders from across ECCO and our affiliates across the state to set our statewide agenda for the next two years, and explore how we can be more powerful through our collaboration and solidarity with one another.

Tags: Immigration, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Strategy and Planning, Relationship Building, All ECCO

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