Happy New Year! A recap of our work in 2017 with great expectations for 2018

Massachusetts State Senator Julian Cyr introduces United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to a full house. Photo: Director Devin Reston

Senator Warren Answers her Dukes County Constituents Questions, Photo: Director Devin Reston

Crowds Cheer Senator Warren Arrival (Video)

2017 Retrospective

In 2017, the Martha’s Vineyard Social Justice Leadership Foundation (MVSJLF) hosted two community forums on immigration and worked with the staff of United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for the Senator’s first public event on Martha’s Vineyard. We believe these events, supported our mission statement is to do all things related to developing strong leaders of social justice by advancing education and awareness of the opportunities and individual rights available to all members of the Martha’s Vineyard community. The MVSJLF is a multicultural, anti-racist organization that affirms human dignity and struggles against all forms of oppression.We believe we can be a leader and regional agent in our community by mobilizing community partnerships to assist us in collaborative planning and policy development.  By providing our residents with expert advice and access to their elected public officials, supported our efforts to assure equal treatment of all citizens living on Martha’s Vineyard and helped educate them on resources to address issues of social justice concern.

An over-capacity crowd of 1300 attends Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Town Hall at 9:30AM on July 15th at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center.

After being invited by the Martha’s Vineyard Social Justice Leadership Foundation, Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a town hall on Saturday, July 15 at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs at 9:30AM to a sellout crowd of 1300 people. This was her first public event in Dukes County. The lines snaked around the high school and in an effort to include the folks, who were unable to get seats, Senator Warren made her way up the line answering her Dukes County constituents questions about what’s happening in the United States Senate and how she’s fighting for Massachusetts families. Our Board of Directors is extremely appreciative of the hard work of our Directors, Officers, and Senator Warren’s staff to make this event a reality. As the second smallest county in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it was important to give voice to island residents to share their opinions with Senator Warren.

Community Forums on Immigration

MVSJLF Chairwoman Laurie Perry, Director Devin Reston with MA State Senator Julian Cyr, who represents the Cape & Islands

We also hosted two community forums on immigration policy partnering with the ACLU-Massachusettes who sent their legal experts to discuss the important immigration policy changes and how they will affect our island community. Our local Massachusetts State Representative Dylan Fernandes also joined the panel. We appreciate Dylan’s and his State Senate colleague, Senator Julian Cyr hard work on Beacon Hill for the Cape and Islands. We look forward to continuing our efforts in 2018, we are exploring the affordable housing issue, responding to our community survey about the social justice issues of most concern to our rural island community.

Director Devin Reston advocating for social justice issues with Maura Healy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Town Hall News Articles & Photography

Vineyard Gazette Article about Senator Warren Town Hall

Vineyard Gazette Photos from Senator Warren Town Hall

MV Times Article about Senator Warren Town Hall

Senator Warren’s Facebook Page

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Town Hall, Video Credit: MVTV

First Community Forum on Immigration (1/10/17)

Video Credit: MVTV

Second Community Forum on Immigration (Facebook Live)

Video Credit: Director Jill De La Hunt


The Martha’s Vineyard Social Justice Leadership Foundation (MVSJLF), a 501 (c)(3) organization, was incorporated in October, 2013. The mission is to develop strong leaders of social justice by advancing education and awareness of opportunities and individual rights for all members of the Martha’s Vineyard Community.  We believe in supporting community social change that is just, equitable and environmentally sustainable for all.

Our board is a diverse group of individuals, committed to the advancement of social justice causes, especially those that directly effect the residents of our island community.  We sponsor community forums and lectures with knowledgeable experts to inform our community members about these issues and to empower them to take action.

Social Justice Causes:

Diversity, Immigration, Civil Rights and Human Rights