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Salem is for EveryoneSalem has welcomed immigrants for hundreds of years. Today, it’s home to people from all over the world – almost 1 in 6 residents is an immigrant. So when the Trump administration started demonizing foreign-born people and expanding the deportation machine, the Salem City Council took a stand.

The “Sanctuary for Peace” ordinance did nothing radical – it just codified existing city and Police Department policies that protect the rights of all Salem residents, regardless of immigration status. But after the measure was approved, opponents launched a campaign to overturn it. Now, in order to keep the ordinance on the books, a majority of voters have to support it in a referendum.

Now, in order to keep the ordinance on the books, a majority of voters have to support it in a referendum. Anti-immigrant groups are marshaling their forces to persuade voters to repeal it.

We believe that a positive, Yes on 1 outcome is critically important not just for Salem, but for the passage of the Safe Communities Act, as well as trust/welcoming/sanctuary policies across the state. If we can’t show that there is strong public support for these policies, we will face an even greater challenge in the State House.

The Safe Communities Coalition is organizing three canvassing days with Yes on 1 in Salem, all on Saturdays: October 7 and October 21 from 1 to 5 pm, and a Latino-focused day of action on October 14, with shifts at 10 am and 1 pm. Details and sign-up links are below:

October 7 Safe Communities Canvass for Salem

1–5 pm, First Church, 316 Essex St. in Salem
We will be joining Yes on 1 to canvass North Salem on this date. Join forces with Salem locals to knock on doors! All routes will be walkable or you will be paired with someone with a car.
Parking: Leave extra time. Parking is challenging in Salem in October. You can try for street parking on parking is available a few blocks away at the MBTA garage.
Taking the train: First Church is just a few blocks away from the MBTA station.
The Campaign has invited all volunteers to meet at Mercy Tavern, 148 Derby St. for drinks/bites to eat after and enjoy October in Salem!

Click here to RSVP

October 21 Safe Communities Canvass for Salem

1–5 pm, First Church, 316 Essex St. in Salem
We will be joining Yes on 1 to canvass South Salem on this date. Join forces with Salem locals to knock on doors! All routes will be walkable or you will be paired with someone with a car.
Parking: Leave extra time. Parking is challenging in Salem in October. You can try for street parking on parking is available a few blocks away at the MBTA garage.
Taking the train: First Church is just a few blocks away from the MBTA station.
The Campaign has invited all volunteers to meet at Mercy Tavern, 148 Derby St. for drinks/bites to eat after and enjoy October in Salem!

Click here to RSVP

October 14: Latino Day of Action

Shifts at 10 am and 1 pm, North Shore CDC, 96 Lafayette St. (upstairs), Salem
Yes on 1 will be canvassing The Point neighborhood (Salem’s primarily Latino neighborhood) in two shifts. Opponents went into this neighborhood to get residents to sign their referendum petition, misleading people that it was “for Sanctuary.” We need to combat that. If you speak Spanish, that is great, but feel free to come even if you don’t!
Parking: Street parking should be available in the surrounding blocks. The routes will be walkable.

Click here to RSVP
 
Carpooling: Sign up to request a ride or to offer rides for any of these dates!
 
Can’t make these dates? Sign up for canvassing on other days here.
 
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