News and Alerts

  • Immigrants’ Day at the Statehouse a Great Success (3/29/2017)

    Hundreds of immigrants and supporters visited the State House to encourage passage of the Safe Communities Act.

    Now more than ever, our voices and immigrant stories must be heard at the state level. This year our JALSA advocacy will include a focus on the Safe Communities Act, a bill to protect the civil liberties and safety of all Massachusetts residents.  Massachusetts law enforcement officials should concentrate on apprehending people with criminal records.  They should not spend time acting as agents of ICE to apprehend people without proper documentation, but no criminal records.  Many undocumented people have lived in the United States for decades.  Many have children who are American citizens.  The Safe Communities Act would ensure that our local police will not be involved in unconstitutional violations of due process.

  • Tzedek Salon: Progressive Victories in a New Political Time (2/13/2017)

    As part of our Tzedek Salon program for folks in their 20’s and 30’s, we are bringing together a special panel to discuss three different areas that have been coming under attack and how to organize across issues: labor rights, the environment, and civil liberties.
    This new era of politics demands a strong response. That’s what we’ll be planning. Let’s connect to support a growing progressive movement!

    Register here to RSVP for this event!

    Dan Hoffer, Political Director of SEIU Local 888
    Emily Kirkland, Director of Organizing 350 Mass for a Better Future
    Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

    Moderated by: Jordan Berg-Powers, Director of Mass Alliance

    We’re excited to co-host this event with the Progressive Jewish Alliance at Harvard Law School!

    You’ll learn how to get involved and how we’ll succeed.

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  • We Marched at the Women’s March. Now What? (1/24/2017)

    Now is the time to fight to pass legislation in Massachusetts that builds an economy that works for all of us. Legislation for Paid Family and Medical Leave and $15 Minimum Wage are steps towards guaranteeing that workers are able to support themselves and their families and take the time they need to care for themselves and loved ones.

    Will you take action and ask your State Legislators to cosponsor our Paid Leave and $15 Minimum Wage Legislation?

    Once you have taken action, fill out our action report form so we can keep track of our impact!


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  • JALSA’s 15th Annual Meeting: Sun. Jan. 29 (1/20/2017)

    Join Us to Celebrate with
    Justice Honoree Colette Phillips

    Housing Heroes Sheila Dillon, Joe Kreisberg, and Thadine Brown, and

    Civil Rights Leader and Scholar Professor Charles Ogletree

    JALSA Annual Meeting

    Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 10:30am, brunch

    Click here for sponsorship and tickets

    Temple Israel
    477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    Click here for directions

    JALSA Annual Meeting

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  • Take Action on the Nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General (1/11/2017)

    Testimony continues today on the appointment of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Since most of our JALSA members live in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with two serious rational U.S. senators, members may feel that there is nothing they need to do about this appointment.  One can anticipate that Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey will do all they can to question this nomination.  But, given the very serious consequences of a very poor choice for Attorney General, members of JALSA must take time to respond.  All of our members must have relatives or friends who live in other states where advocacy is needed. Continue reading

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Posted Friday April 28th, 2017 - 9:04 am

Details for tomorrow's Boston People's Climate Mobilization and Climate Justice Teach-ins: Boston PCM!

Reminder: JALSA members are meeting at the Pre-Rally Gathering & Interfaith Service (Boston PCM). Email hannah, if you have any questions.
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Here's the full list of Climate Justice workshops taking place on Saturday after the rally for the Climate Justice Teach-ins: Boston PCM! Times and locations for each workshop indicated. If you haven'...

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Getting ready for #PeoplesClimateBOS rally! Come to the bandstand at 11:30! #PeoplesClimate


Starting the interfaith service before the #peoplesclimatemarch !

Arlington Street Church in Boston is hosting interfaith service at 10:30am and climate justice teach-in today. #PeoplesClimateBOS

Get centered before the #PeoplesClimateBos rally, join 10:30am service at Arlington Street Church. Boylston St & Arlington St. #climatemarch

Today’s #SignOfResistance, by Bec Young, is in solidarity w. @Peoples_Climate & all of you marching for climate justice today! #ClimateMarch

Here at Boston Common! #PeoplesClimateBOS

.@maura_healey, you may be @Peoples_Climate in DC but we have you at #PeoplesClimateBOS in spirit! @StopCorpAbuse #PeoplesClimate

We're getting ready for the #peoplesclimatebos this Saturday!

RT if we'll see you there.

On 4/29, we’re marching for climate, jobs, and justice! Join us: #PeoplesClimateBOS #PeoplesClimate

Tons of folks here including @BarrettSenate for the release of the new Harvard Health Study about carbon pricing! #pricecarbon

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JALSA is a membership-based non-profit organization based in Boston. We are dedicated to being a strong, progressive, inter-generational voice, inspired by Jewish teachings and values, for social justice, civil rights, and civil liberties. We are devoted to the defense of civil rights, the preservation of constitutional liberties, and the passionate pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice for all people.