January 20, 2019
Monday, January 21, 1-4pm, Grove Hall
Join Mass Action Against Police Brutality to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by calling for an end to police brutality and institutional racism.
Saturday, January 26th, 5 PM to midnight! "Join us at Spontaneous Celebrations for a night of games, dancing, and movement building. Get ready for: Texas Hold’em Poker tournament, spades tournament, lessons for poker and spades, an open game room filled with board games and kids games...and a dance party!" Tickets for the game room will be raising funds for these incredible grassroots groups: Right to the City Boston, GreenRoots, Mijente Boston, Sisters Unchained and Survivor Theatre Project. Enter the tournament to raise money for the radical cause of your choice! Tickets available on the Facebook event page.
If you’re coming on Saturday, we can also use your help! Would you volunteer for a one or two hour shift at the registration table, with food, or another role that fits your interest? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SURJB is working to partially fund meals for Families for Justice as Healing's Participatory Defense weekly sessions. At these sessions, court-involved community members work together to defend themselves against the racist court system! Please note your donation is for Participatory Defense in the "additional info" line. Ongoing need is $75 per week, and any amount helps!
Tuesday, January 22, 1-3pm
Learn more about the strategies and tactics that worked in MA to pass community-based sentencing for primary caretakers of dependent children. This webinar is part of the Reimagining Communities Initiative sponsored by The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.
Times are drop in/drop out, so come for as long or little as you'd like. You will need a laptop. Come read LGBTQ/HIV+ prisoners' letters, learn about their struggles, and help out the Black and Pink family!
Saturday, January 26, 10am -12pm. Meet at 1037 River St. Hyde Park
GET ROLLING FOR HOUSING JUSTICE and CLVU this winter! Large corporate landlords such as Advanced Property Management along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line are pushing low-income families, longtime older residents, and Section 8 tenants out of their homes! We will defend our neighbors and demand special protections from eviction in the Fairmount Corridor.
Ms. Williams has lived in her Mattapan apartment for 40 years, and her rent was raised by $400. We will fight alongside Ms. Williams and other CLVU members and take direct action if necessary because she has a right to remain!
At the end of 2018 BLM Boston, SURJ Boston, and other local organizations raised $2,500 to support a Black woman and child fleeing domestic violence getting settled in a safe situation. Start the new year by being a monthly donor to BLMB to help them create a pool of resources! PAYPAL for one-time donations is email@example.com.
February 1st, 6 PM, at MassJwJ, 375 Centre St., JP. We need some help! Join us to do some fundraising for JWJ! We'll provide seltzer and wine and you can help us write Thank you cards :).
January 26, 7 pm. $5-$25 sliding scale
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St in Cambridge (partially wheelchair accessible, no accessible bathroom)
Join us for an evening of food, live music, raffles, and testimony from our Cosecha Volunteer Organizers returning from the US/Mexico border where we have been providing direct support to migrants of the caravan, including delivering donations and needed supplies, preparing meals, providing legal and healing supports, and coordinating volunteer activities. Funds will be directed to Pueblos Sin Fronteras and to the San Diego Rapid Response Network.
On Saturday February 2nd come on out to hear some great music and support Cosecha, a nonviolent movement fighting for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. We will have speakers from Cosecha, merch that you can purchase, and Aeronaut is a great place to hang out!
January 21, 11 am, Vietnamese American Community Center, 42 Charles St
Since 1998, more than 16,000 of Southeast Asian American community members from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have been issued orders of deportation, and 14,000 more are living in a state of limbo, uncertain of when ICE will try to detain them. This aggression follows the biggest Cambodian and Vietnamese detention round up in 2017, and the biggest deportation of Cambodian immigrants in 2018. In response, we are joining a National Week of Action against Southeast Asian Deportation to build power in our communities and denounce the unjust detention and deportations terrorizing our communities.
‼️URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED‼️ Our sisters and brothers in the Central American Caravan have been resisting the violence they face in their country and have arrived in Tijuana. We have been actively engaging in supporting the #refugee #caravan #exodus but we need YOUR support! They are currently in need of food, sleeping bags, and blankets! Any #donation helps make it possible to bring volunteers to the #border to support the #dignity, #respect, and permanent #protection of our migrant families! Please share the GoFundMe among your networks. Donation link here.
The Immigration Justice AP has compiled some resources to help you talk with others and build solidarity with the families and individuals migrating from Central America.
ICE is denying bond to people who have pending charges on the grounds that they are "dangerous", and then does not cooperate with local courts to allow people to defend themselves and clear their name because they are in detention. The charge is also used against them in immigration proceedings. This is an egregious undermining of due process that must end. We are currently taking action to support our neighbor, Julio. Please support the fundraiser set up for Julio!
The Boston Police Dept. is engaged in a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program called Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP) that targets Somali youth ages 13-17, getting them to talk to BPD officers under the indefensible assumption that they are inherently violent. More than 25 organizations signed our letter demanding BPD pull out of YPIP, yet they've continued. Sign the petition above!
ICE is terrorizing immigrants at the border and in our communities. We can fight back by refusing to be complicit with institutions that cooperate with ICE
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!
Tanám is a worker-owned restaurant in Somerville that SURJ has supported in opening. It's run by women of color who organize in Boston around racial and economic justice issues. Please come out on January 30th and support their opening!
Mondays, January 14-February 11, 6:30-9pm
$80 total, sliding scale available - firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is geared to talk openly about our lived experience in a racist and oppressive society as well as move beyond words toward action to dismantle racism, whether in our own personal sphere or in your community.
"Dismantling White Feminism: 2 part workshop occurring on February 3rd AND March 3rd from 12 pm to 5 pm each of the two days, will focus on (Session 1) A critical examination of White Feminism through historical, intersectional, and social movement lenses. (Session 2) An interogation and planning process for allies, accomplices, and the conditions for functioning accountability." More details on the Facebook event page and the EventBrite page.
SURJ Boston is a project of Community Change Inc (CCI), 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.
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