Safe Communities Act hearing on June 9!

THE SAFE COMMUNITIES ACT will have its hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security at the State House on Friday, June 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or later)! Can you join us?

What to do:

  • Join the carpool! We’re organizing a carpool to Boston to represent Western Massachusetts! Use this link to sign up as a driver or to join as a passenger from wherever you live. (We’re working on getting a bus, but that might not come to fruition.)
  • Submit written testimony! Guidelines and a template have been provided through this link. If you get a chance, email it to us as well at safecommunities@afscwm.org so we can keep track of all the letters of support.
  • Send us your endorsement letters! Whether your city or town passed a Safe Communities resolution, or your organization has endorsed it, or if you are a faith or municipal leader – please send your letters of support for Safe Communities to safecommunities@afscwm.org!
  • It is critical that you come to show your support. Plan to stay all day if you can. If the hearing room is full, use that time to visit your legislators. Find them here. (Ask to speak with staff.) You can also organize a vigil in front of the State House. No signs allowed in the building, but we will have stickers to wear inside.

It is critical that community members come out in big numbers to pack the hearing room and show our support for this law. Hearing details can be found here. A number of panels including members of the community, law enforcement, local government, and faith organizations will discuss the importance of the bill.

The Good News: The Safe Communities Act will be the ONLY bill before the committee that day – the House bill (H.3269) sponsored by Rep. Juana Matías, and identical Senate bill (S.1305) sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge. That’s 5 hours of testimony for this important legislation.

We seek your presence, compelling testimony and support to educate the Joint Committee about the impact that Trump’s aggressive enforcement and rhetoric are having on the ground, driving immigrants away from seeking public services and assistance, including public school, healthcare, and police assistance.