What is it?
The Somerville Response Network is an ongoing collaboration of local government, nonprofits, and other community members established to create a citywide plan to assist families torn apart by ICE raids. As federal raids and targeted arrests are made, communities and families are ripped apart. The SRN was established with the intention of creating a rapid response plan for the city of Somerville.
This document (coming soon) is a manual of the complete operation, as well as Know Your Rights information (see below) and a list of community resources that can help our community members respond effectively and adequately to affected families. Our hope is to never use this system, but to be ready in case it’s needed.
This service is in experimental testing only at present. A notification will go out when the system “goes live” but for now test texts are being sent. Some test texts will be sent but will be clearly marked as tests (see Drills, below).
To begin receiving , text
JOIN to (617) 941-3812
To leave, text
Note this is different than the “reporting” number below. More info and languages coming soon.
If you aren’t receiving responses to your texts, please contact us here
Report a raid
Report raids to (617) 718-0485 and the response committee will verify and issue an alert as appropriate.
When reporting, please be as specific as possible. Note this is not the number to receive alerts – see above.
How the system works
Each month, a testing message will be sent out to remind people that they are subscribed, check for issues, and get people in the habit of receiving messages. They will be clearly marked as drills and not actual alerts.
Know your rights
We are compiling Know Your Rights briefs in different languages. Please email email@example.com if you can add to the list.