We are Safe Medford.
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM EDT at Riverside Plaza in Medford Square
Please join us in solidarity for "Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps" to protest the separation of children from their families and the detention of both adults and children in inhumane conditions. Grace Church and Sanctuary UCC will provide candles. If you have candles handy, do bring them, in case we run out. Please bring raincoats (preferable) and umbrellas in case it continues to rain during the vigil.
We are a grassroots group advocating for policies, services, and education to support and ensure the safety and dignity of all community members regardless of their immigration status.
We are Medford residents—many of us lifelong Medford residents—united through a shared desire to help protect our neighbors, especially those who are unfairly marginalized and targeted. While we formed in response to heightened threats against immigrants, our goals have been relevant for many decades and prior political climates, and will continue to be relevant in the future. We aspire to have a lasting impact on Medford and beyond.
We have two immediate goals, one of which we are thrilled to have achieved:
Help pass statewide protections for immigrants in Massachusetts, guided by the original Safe Communities Act.
The original bill, proposed by Senator Jamie Eldridge and Representative Juanita Matias and spearheaded by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), was built to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts Residents. It would have work hand in hand with our local Safe Community policy and would be a groundbreaking law for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Recently, a new bill called the COPPS Act was proposed as an alternative to the SCA, but it unfortunately lacks several key provisions to protect the civil rights of people in Massachusetts, such as the right to due process.
We stand with the ACLU, MIRA, and numerous other local organizations in calling for three key provisions of the SCA to be passed through other legislative processes. Those provisions are:
1) No Police Inquiries about Immigration Status unless required by law
2) Provide basic Due Process protections, analagous to "Miranda" warnings
3) Stop collaborating with ICE - prohibit 287(g) and similar contracts
As of April 16, 2018, the City of Medford and Medford Police Department have passed a set of local Safe Community law enforcement policies. Read them here.
Led by Medford People Power and Laura Rotolo of the ACLU of Massachusetts, this new official policy guides how the police interact with all community members, regardless of immigration status, and protect the Police Department from overreach from federal immigration authorities.
This policy will help keep all Medford community members safer by fostering a greater trust between the police and community, and we hope will be a key piece of making Medford a welcoming community for generations to come.
You can download two page summaries of the new policies in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Kreyol, and French at these links:
Beyond those two immediate goals, we envision Safe Medford as a long-term informational resource for Medford and for other communities. We hope that this website will be a small part of achieving that goal, and we look forward to talking with you in and around Medford!