March 10, 2019
Western Mass SURJ has been working on a cross-class reparations campaign in close partnership with a multiracial coalition of grassroots organizers. They are collecting reparations payments on behalf of and in coalition with Stickii Quest and ShaeShae Quest, who are Black queer and trans organizers living in Springfield. These payments will go towards the purchase of a house in Springfield in late 2019. Read more about this exciting campaign and DONATE here.
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!
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 campaigns or CCI; we don't want to take any resources away from these groups!
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 12pm - 4pm
First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St, Boston MA, 02119
Build real solutions to Boston’s displacement crisis, led by the people most impacted. Tired of neighbors, friends and family getting displaced? Think the rent is too damn high? Tired of widespread luxury development? Then JOIN the Right to the City alliance for a Boston assembly to build a people’s plan for equitable development and an end to displacement. Watch this video from the first Boston People’s Plan Assembly last September! Volunteers will be needed - stay tuned for more details.
On Friday, February 15th, approximately 70 I.C.E. detainees at the Suffolk County House of Correction launched a hunger strike calling for an end of abuse and for more humane conditions. Four people were held in solitary confinement in direct retaliation for participating in this hunger strike.
While the hunger strike has ended, we must continue the pressure for better conditions at the facility and for all detainees to be immediately released. Please read the full list of grievances sent from the detainees at http://thefangcollective.org/suffolkletter and call Sheriff Tompkins @ (617-704-6655), Suffolk County DA Rollins (617-619-4000), and Governor Baker (617-725-4005) to demand humane conditions and the shutdown of the ICE facility.
March 24th, 5-8pm, Homestead Bakery, 1448 Dorchester Ave., Fields Corner, Dorchester
Join us to kick off the Asian American Resource Workshop’s 40th Anniversary year -- Rising Together: 40 Years in Community! We will share about the powerful work that AARW is currently leading, unveil our upcoming events and programs, and discuss ways that folks can plug in and support us in the work ahead! RSVP @ https://40thkickoff.brownpapertickets.com.
March 29, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm
375 Centre St, JP
Join Jobs with Justice for a "Stitch and Sip": we'll teach you the basics of cross stitch, then show you how to use it to create a radical work of art. All materials provided; no experience necessary. Please sign up via our ticket link so that we can be sure to have supplies and snacks ready: https://actionnetwork.org/events/sip-and-stitch-nite-with-esther.
Join our network of members fighting the injustice of our racist immigration system of detention and deportation through rides, donations, letters, advocacy, home hospitality, and much more.
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!
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. Become a monthly donor to BLMB to help them create a pool of resources for urgent needs! PAYPAL for one-time donations is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays, 5:30PM - 8PM, March 14th - April 25th (no meeting April 18th) at McAuliffe Charter School, 139 Newbury St, Framingham, MA 01701
This 6-week course is designed to support educators, teachers, parents, administrators, para-paraprofessionals, after-school staff, and related service providers, in understanding the systems at play enforcing a system of racism to thrive in the lives of young people, in schools, and in instruction practices from personal internal bias to the ideological practices that are foundational to education in the US system itself.
The course will support the construction of strategy and action plans that participants will bring into the classroom and beyond, as well as direct skill building in how to organize their peers in the school and enable them to show up for their students and their communities.
There are 10 full cost scholarships for Framingham School Teachers being provided by the district and as always ARC provides sliding scale scholarships. Purchase tickets here.
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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Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and Sign up on the WPCR website
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