Who We Are
We are a non-partisan, non-denominational, 501(c)(3) charitable organization comprised of area volunteers interested in welcoming immigrants to our community and embracing their cultures.
We advocate for immigrants’ rights at the local, state and national levels through education.
The Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force seeks to encourage dialogue and raise awareness within Needham and surrounding towns regarding immigration as a necessary bedrock of a prosperous and growing United States of America. We are committed to welcoming immigrants, changing unjust policies that adversely affect them, and ensuring that they enjoy fair working conditions and security for their families. Through collaborative relationships with immigrant-serving organizations and decision makers, we seek to ensure that immigrants experience fairness and opportunity in this country.
We envision an America that promotes humane policies and social acceptance, which enables immigrant families, whatever their status, to earn a living wage, help their children become educated, and contribute their talents to the well-being of all.
What We Do
The Task Force meets on the second Monday of the month at the Congregational Church, 1154 Great Plain Ave, Needham from 7:00-9:00 pm to discuss matters of interest, plan events, and solicit volunteer activism.
We frequently have guest speakers who are expert in current social and immigration issues. In addition we distribute a weekly newsletter to inform the public about current events and policies of the state and federal government.
We seek to present information upon which informed decisions can be made.
- Justice for All: A Conversation with Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (will be re-scheduled in 2021)
Welcoming Needham Events:
- International Potlucks
- Celebrating through Music and Dance
- Domestic worker rights
- Ending wage theft
- Domestic worker rights
- State and federal legislation
- Refugees and asylum seekers
Other Recent Activities
- Attend legislative hearings
- Support vigils on the Needham Town Common condemning family separation
- Meet with government officials on issues around immigration, family separation, community policing, and wage theft.
The Task Force works in collaboration with:
- Needham Faith Communities
- Needham Diversity Initiative
- Needham Human Rights Committee
- League of Women Voters of Needham
- Metro West Immigrant Solidarity Network
- Metro West Workers Center – Casa
- International Institute of New England
- MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition)
- Rian Immigrant Center
Special thanks to the Congregational Church of Needham UCC for providing meeting space.