• 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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  • Sign Up To Receive JALSA Emails (1/19/2017)

    Help raise our voices here in Massachusetts and beyond. Join JALSA’s e-mail list to stay informed about current issues, campaigns, upcoming events, and how you can get more involved in our work.

    Sign Up for JALSA Emails

  • Women’s March in Boston and Washington DC (1/18/2017)

    Women’s March in Boston and Washington DC
    Saturday, January 21

    Women's March for America - BostonThe day after the inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets in Washington DC and in over 200 cities in the United States and 30 other countries as part of a global Women’s March.

    We are uniting to march in solidarity with communities most affected by intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation. Among these communities are women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities.

    Please join us as we reaffirm our commitment to justice and resistance and in support of economic justice, racial justice, human rights, and reproductive justice. Continue reading

  • 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

  • Sponsoring and Attending
    JALSA’s Annual Meeting

    JALSA Annual Meeting

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

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

    Honoring Colette Phillips
    Advocate for Justice Award

    Sheila Dillon, Joe Kriesberg and Thadine Brown
    Housing Heroes

    Thanking Charles J. Ogletree
    Lifetime Commitment for Justice and Equity


    In the “Special Instructions” box, you will have an opportunity to indicate what level of sponsorship that you would like:

    List me as a member of the Leadership Committee:

    • $20,000   Underwriter –  Greeting on Back Cover of Program Journal, reserved table, 10 tickets to the event
    • $15,000  Benefactor  – Inside Cover Greeting in Program Journal, reserved table, 10 tickets to the event
    • $10,000  Patron  – Special placement full page greeting in Program Journal, reserved table, 10 tickets to the event
    • $5,000    Champion  – Special border full page greeting in Program Journal, reserved table, 10 tickets to the event
    • $2,500    Advocate  – Full Page Greeting in Program Journal, 5 tickets to the event

    Additional choices for support:

    • $1,000   Supporter –  Half Page Greeting in Program Journal, 4 tickets to the event
    • $500  Ally – Quarter Page Greeting in Program Journal, 2 tickets to the event
    • $250  Friend  – Name Listing, 2 tickets to the event

    Tickets Only:

    • $60  – Ticket
    • $36Special Ticket Offer For Tzedek Salon attendees and under age 30

    Forms of Payment:

    For Payment on-Line:

    For Payment by Check:
    Check can be made payable to Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Inc. and mailed to:  JALSA, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02108. 
    Please include your name and address, telephone, and e-mail, and how you would like your name in any listings.

    For Stock Transfers:
    For information for stock transfers, please call the office 617-227-3000  for account and transfer information.

    JALSA is incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
    Your contribution above $45 per ticket is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    Please call the JALSA Office with any questions.  617-227-3000
    For Information on greeting specifications, please click here

  • Join us for our Tzedek Salon: January 26th (1/5/2017)

    Join us for our January Tzedek Salon
    Working for Justice in Our Time

    Immigrant Rights in a Changing Political Landscape with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refuge Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Lir on Boylston

    This month, we’ll be joined by Amy Grunder and Liza Ryan from the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refuge Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) to discuss important work being done around protection of immigrant rights in our changing political landscape. We’ll be looking at possible changes in national and state policies that will impact Massachusetts immigrant communities as well as advocacy efforts and action being taken on behalf of these communities. Continue reading

  • Annual Meeting – Sunday Jan. 29, 2017 (12/23/2016)

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