January 27, 2019
We've heard from partners that people in Boston have already had to make hard choices between buying groceries, paying bills, and accessing healthcare due to the impact of the shutdown. Despite the decision to reopen the government for three weeks, the Sustained in the Shutdown campaign is still ongoing because federal workers are still in jeopardy. SURJ Boston is working with 12th Baptist Church, St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, and Rescued Church as well as Black Lives Matter Boston and Violence in Boston Inc. Our goal is to raise at least $50,000 in funds to redistribute to people in need. Our vision is to have distribution centers in every community where people can access support. Please make a donation to the campaign here.
We are now fundraising to cover our 2019 internal expenses (meeting space, accessibility, childcare, etc.). Donations can be made through Network for Good and our parent organization CCI. Be sure to write “SURJ” in the “purpose of donation” box so that funds can be properly attributed to SURJ. Please donate to SURJB out of funds separate from what you would give to POC-led partner organizations and campigns or CCI; we don't want to take any resources away from these groups!
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!
Train to be a court watcher! Court watch happens between 9 am and 12 pm on weekdays, and this is appropriate for someone who can attend court at least once between now and the end of March. The First 100 Days Court Watch Project in Suffolk County is to hold the District Attorney’s Office accountable for reducing pre-trial detention and addressing racial disparities—promises District Attorney Rachael Rollins boldly campaigned on. Her campaign included a do-not-prosecute list, which you can read here. Volunteers sit in the courtroom, observe arraignments, and record what charges are being brought by prosecutors. This data will be collected and shared with DA Rollins. The first training session has been filled, but sign up here to be wait-listed.
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 LGBTQ/HIV+ prisoners' letters, learn about their struggles, and help out the Black and Pink family!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday February 7th from 5:30 to 6:30PM, in front of the First Baptist Church in JP, 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain.
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 :).
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!
‼️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!
On February 10, 12:30 - 2:30 PM, SURJ member Kelley Ready, and possibly another traveler or two, will report on recent experiences in El Paso,TX. We also expect input from SURJB Immigration Justice.
This is a potluck so please bring food to share. Beverages will be provided. Email email@example.com to RSVP and for location information.
"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 interrogation 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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