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Actions for Racial Justice

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Housing Justice

MON 7/16, 6pm: BOSTON CITY COUNCIL HEARING: EAST BOSTON MASTER PLAN

From CLVU: East Boston residents - this event is for us! Our voices must be heard at this city council event! The city government is developing a "master plan" for East Boston. Share your vision for accessible housing, an end to displacement, and other concerns you have! More details can be found here.

WED 7/18, 6pm: DORCHESTER NOT FOR SALE DINNER AND FORUM

On Wednesday, July 18, Dorchester Not For Sale (DN4S) will hold our next Community Dinner and Forum at the Vietnamese American Community Center, 42 Charles St in Dorchester. Join us as we focus again this month on housing affordability and what is truly affordable for us to stay here and what we need to fight for together. DN4S is building a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-generational REAL resident-led community process that centers Dorchester residents most at risk of displacement in decision-making about the future of our neighborhood. We need ongoing financial support. Please make a donation today! Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/DotNot4Sale

SIGN THE PETITION: Support elderly women renters at Our Lady’s Guild House

Our Lady’s Guild House (OLGH) has operated in the Fenway for more than 60 years as a residence providing affordable housing for women of all ages and income levels. Rents at OLGH have rapidly risen since 2012 to the point that dozens of disabled, older, and low-income women have already been pushed out to make way for short-term residences and AirBNBs aimed at students and young professionals. This tax-exempt charitable organization is engaging in blatant age discrimination and causing unnecessary displacement. Please show that you support these women’s right to remain in their homes by signing here.

SAVE THE DATE: MON 7/23, 7pm, CLVU & Boston DSA - The Housing Crisis and Socialism

Join the Boston DSA Housing Working Group and City Life/Vida Urbana to talk about the housing crisis, socialist understandings of housing, and tenant organizing! Both DSA members and CLVU members and organizers will present on housing issues and how to organize around them, with a discussion and Q&A to follow. FB event here.

SAVE THE DATE: THURS 7/26 7pm, Backyard City Life/Vida Urbana Celebration & Fundraiser

Please join members of RISE (Roslindale is for Everyone) Housing Justice Working Group for a backyard celebration and fundraiser in honor of City Life/Vida Urbana’s 45th Anniversary! More info here.

Immigration Justice and Anti-Islamophobia

National Day of Action for Movimiento Cosecha's No Business With ICE campaign
Tuesday, July 31
Cosecha is organizing a national day of action against businesses that are complicit with/benefiting from/fueling ICE. Click here or click here for more information.

Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund
More than 1,000 people are held by ICE every year in South Bay House of Correction in Boston. Some are from our local communities, others are sent to South Bay from the border and have no family or friends in Boston, but everyone in ICE jail is cut off from community support, legal recourse, and basic human rights. The new fund bonds our neighbors out of detention so they can be reunited with their families and have a chance to fight deportation. Please help us raise $100,000 over the next two months. Organized by the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN, pronounced "Beyond"). Click here to donate and for more information.

Political Education Webinar
Wednesday, August 8, 8:00 PM
SURJ National is hosting a political education webinar on "The Alt-Right and Immigration." Click here to register.

Centro Presente needs volunteers
Centro Presente needs volunteer ESL and Citizenship teachers. Email Meredith Gamble at mgamble@cpresente.org to get involved!

Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network
Support those caught up in the harm of our racist immigration system. Sign up here.
Please join us in taking action by ensuring members of our communities have the resources they need to fight their deportations and stay connected to their families (click here to donate and circulate).

Black Lives Matter

BLM Boston Giving Campaign
PAYPAL for donations is m4blmboston@gmail.com. For longer range, recurring support join Campaign21 which moves us from emergency, crises driven giving to solidarity sustained giving.

BLM Boston live on Insight Radio
Every week on Thursday at 7pm, Black Lives Matter Boston hosts a radio show featuring members of the black community in Boston who are doing amazing things. Website

Prison Abolition

Pack the Court for Derrick Washington
***Another change of date: the trial will now start Monday, July 30th, starting at 8:30am every morning and running til around 1pm. The trial might last the whole week. Come for however much you can!

Derrick Washington has waited 10 years for his day in court after being tortured by guards -- find more information here. We will show up to support him! We need people the week of July 30, let us know which days you can make it. RSVP as part of SURJB here.

Court Watch
We're looking for court watchers who want to challenge culture of white supremacy and punishment in our courts. Court Watch MA is a collective effort led by Families for Justice as Healing, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Bail Fund, and MA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Register for a training & find information here.

Stop CMR483: Keep Families/Friends in Touch With Incarcerated Loved Ones
The Massachusetts DOC has implemented a new regulation limiting the number of visitors and only if they are on a pre-approved visitor list. Sign the Petition Against Visitation Rights Restraints.

Black & Pink Volunteer Drop In
Times are drop in/drop out, so come for as long or little as you'd like. You will need a laptop. Come read prisoners' letters, learn about their struggles, and help out the Black and Pink family!

Public Education


Petition to demand PILOT Payments
A petition calling for our mayor and city councilors to demand our institutional neighbors contribute to the future of ours schools and community. Institutions such as Harvard, Northeastern, BC, BU which together neglected to pay $36 million in PILOT payments and continue to underpay. Sign the petition by clicking here!

Community Change Inc.

SURJ Boston is a program of Community Change Inc, a Boston-based organization shining a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source.

Educate Yourself

Anti-Racism Collaborative

  • Confronting Systemic Racism and Systematic Racism & The Legacy of Education courses can be found on ARC's website

Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

Join Knapsack for more information

White People Challenging Racism

  • Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and Sign up on the WPCR website

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