HBGC Day of Awareness for the LGBT Community
On Thursday, June 14, 2012, HBGC will host its 2012 Day of Awareness and Action.
For the day, community members, advocates, and elected officials will convene at the Massachusetts State House to discuss three key issues that impact communities of color and the LGBTQ community: immigration, the criminal justice system, and youth homelessness.
The day allows community members to gather information and take action on timely social issues that disproportionately impact our communities. The day will also be used to shed light on current state legislation that could have dire consequences for those who identify as LGBTQ, a person of color, or both. After the event, participants are encouraged to visit their elected officials to continue the conversation. Allies are encouraged to attend and participate.
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At this event you will have an opportunity to:
- Participate in a dialogue on each of these topics with elected officials, advocates, and community members.
- Express your support or opposition to pending legislation related to the day's topic
- Meet with elected officials or legislative aides representing your district
- Sign up for phonebanking, canvassing, and get out the vote campaigns supported by HBGC and our event partners
- Register to vote
- Build community and coalitions with social justice organizations across the state
Event Schedule for 6/14/2012 Day of Awareness;
Resources have been linked to representatives, various coalitions, committees, and legislation.
Reminder: Come early to pass through the security checkpoint and arrive on time.
12:00 - 12:15: Welcome
12:15 - 1:00: Immigration & Our Community
- With focus on recent S-Comm (Secure Communities) developments and anti-immigrant SB 2061, "An act to enhance community safety."
- Featuring Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and special guests from the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.
- Representative Marcos Devers - (D Lawrence) Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Children, Families and Person with Disabilities, Member of Black Latino Legislative Caucus
- Marcony Almeida - Director of Organizing, Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
- Hema Sarangapani - Attorney at law and Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Jenny Alexander - Activist and Independent Filmmaker, Producer at Northern Light Productions
1:00 - 1:45: The Criminal Justice System & Our Community
- With focus on Stand Your Ground and Three Strikes legislation. Featuring Representative Carlos Henriquez and special guests from Boston Branch NAACP, Black & Pink and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.
- Representative Carlos Henriquez (D Dorchester) - Member of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus
- Tentative: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D Boston) - Chair, Joint Committee on Education, Vice Chair, Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, Member of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus
- Michael Curry - President, Boston branch NAACP
- Brandi Artez - Member, Justice for Humanity
- Jason Lydon, Founder, Black and Pink
- With focus on HB 1861 "An act providing housing and support services for unaccompanied homeless youth," and updates around efforts at adopting similar language into this yerar's state budget. Featuring Representative James J. O'Day and special guests from Brookview House, MassEquality, and Boston GLASS.