The Safe Communities Act of Massachusetts (Senate #1305) is a bill that would:
- Ensure no state support for a Muslim registry. Prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics.
- Ensures Basic Due Process Rights for people detained in state and local facilities for civil immigration violations. Requires informing detainees that they have the right to decline an interview with ICE agents, and to have their own attorney present (at their own expense) if they so choose.
- Use police resources to fight crime, not separate families. Ensures that state, local and campus police don’t participate in immigration enforcement activities, including inquiries, investigations, raids, arrests or detentions that are based solely on immigration status.
- Prohibits agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agents, including county officers in Bristol and Plymouth sheriff’s departments.
You can also read:
- Full text of the bill
- Summary of the bill and list of endorsing organizations
- Letter from Representative McGovern supporting the bill (2/27)
- Background: Why the Safe Communities Act?
- Executive Summary and Explanation
- List of legislative co-sponsors
- Northampton’s Resolution in Support of the Safe Communities Act
What to do:
- Show up for the hearing 10 am – 3 pm on Friday, June 9 in Boston! 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.
- We are organizing a carpool to Boston. Use this link to sign up as a driver or passenger from wherever you live.
- Pass a resolution supporting the Safe Communities Act in your city/town, or in your organization (and then share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). Find sample language on this page!
- Sign the MoveOn.org petition to tell your state legislators and Governor Baker to support the Safe Communities Act. We are tracking responses to the petition here – see if your legislator has made a statement!
- “Like” the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act on Facebook.
- Call these key legislators. Before talking to them, read these FAQs from Naomi Aron.
- Call your legislators, whether or not they co-sponsored the bill, and urge them to talk to Robert DeLeo and express the urgency of this legislation both for them and their constituents.
- We need state Democratic leadership to support this bill because otherwise it will falter in committee. Call DeLeo and insist that he make sure that the Safe Communities Act (S. 1305) is passed.
- Robert DeLeo (Democrat), Speaker of the House of Representatives, 617-722-2500, Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov
- We need these leaders on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security – the committee where the Safe Communities Act has been sent and will next be acted upon – to make sure that the Committee favorably reports the bill out of committee.
Check below to find out if your Western Massachusetts state senator or representative co-sponsored the Safe Communities Act (If you don’t know who your state rep or senator is, look them up at http://wheredoivotema.com/ )