Press Release: 2022-06-23

Tell MA Lawmakers: Language Access and Safe Communities Matter!

Tell MA Lawmakers: Language Access and Safe Communities Matter!:

Language Access and Safe Communities!

With a little over a month left in the Massachusetts State House legislative session, there are two major pieces of legislation remaining that hold critical importance for immigrants and their allies in the Commonwealth. We need your help to push them over the finish line!

This Friday (June 24th) is the deadline for the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to take action and report on the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act. The legislation would end voluntary police and court involvement in deportations in the Commonwealth. 

As it stands, many immigrants are reluctant to seek emergency medical care, contact law enforcement or seek court protection due to their legitimate concerns about state and local law enforcement coordinating with ICE. Together we’ve sent almost 10,000 emails in support of the Safe Communities Act to the committee - join this incredible effort by using our easy tool to send your own email.

Another crucial bill, An Act Relative to Language Access and Inclusion, was favorably referred out of committee last week. This is a momentous achievement and we are one step closer to improving language equity in Massachusetts. 

Nearly 10 percent of Massachusetts residents have limited proficiency in English, and many of those desperately need access to critical state services such as assistance with housing, food and transportation. The Language Access bill would tackle this crisis by creating and standardizing language access policies at public-facing state agencies.

Please contact your legislator now to let them know you support fair and equal access to state resources for all residents, regardless of their English language proficiency!