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INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY MARCH AND RALLY

Join Jobs With Justice and the May 1st Coalition for the annual May Day commemoration march and rally! Marchers will meet at 3 pm at Everett City Hall and Chelsea City Hall and converge in East Boston at Liberty Plaza for a 5:30 pm rally. International Workers Day is celebrated in more than 80 countries around the world as a day to commemorate the ongoing fight for workers’ rights. Let's come together to demand fair wages, safe working conditions and dignity in the workplace and the community. If you have marshaling experience and can help marshal from Chelsea to East Boston, please contact ashleymtarbet@gmail.com.

DONATE: WESTERN MASS SURJ REPARATIONS CAMPAIGN

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.

SURJ BOSTON 2019 BUDGET FUNDRAISER

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!

Get Involved

Prison Abolition

Support Sisters Unchained

Sisters Unchained is a program dedicated to the collective leadership, healing, and creative expression of women and non-gender conforming people of color who are impacted by incarceration. They currently have people on the waiting list for their programs, so give today so they can bring more women and GNC folks into their work!

SUPPORT PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE

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! Note your donation is for Participatory Defense in the "additional info" line. Ongoing need is $75 per week, and any amount helps! Donate here.

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!

Boston Ujima Project        

Ujima, Solidarity Economics, & Reparations 101

Workshop - Saturday, May 11, 1-4pm
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St, Floor 5 in the Blue Room

Ujima is an ecosystem-based approach to community economic development. Our model democratically centers control with Boston’s working class communities and communities of color - those most impacted by and least consulted with about economic development projects in our city. Ujima uses a democratic process to invest in and shift resources toward businesses that meet our collective community standards as part of a reparations framework of wealth and power redistribution.

  1. Invest in Ujima today: find instructions in this pdf file.
  2. RSVP for the workshop through this google form

Public Ed

May 1: Boston Public school Committee Meeting

6 pm, Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St, Roxbury [Dudley Square]

BPS will vote on the next Superintendent. Come support BPS students, teachers and families.

Fund Our Future Day of Action

Thursday, May 16
Lobby Day: 1-5pm
Rally: 5pm
Massachusetts State House

This is a critical event as the State House has three bills pending to address education funding and ONLY the Promise Act includes funding for low income students. Members of SURJB Public Ed Action Partnership will be there. Look for more info next week on how to find us.

Organize for the Promise Act

Know anyone in Wellesley, Weston, or Wayland that is interested in equity in Public Education?

Please have them contact Tonya Tedesco (tonyatedesco@gmail.com). In conjunction with BEJA & MEJA, we are doing suburban outreach to win support for the Promise Act.

Immigration Justice

Golden Stairs Immigration Center

Support the GoFundMe campaign of activist attorneys who are building a nonprofit to centralize their pro bono legal services for vulnerable, low-income immigrants and asylum seekers. Their missions is to assist asylum seekers, stop deportations and family separation, and provide access to counsel for non-citizens who would never otherwise be able to afford these vital services.

QUEER MUSLIMS OF BOSTON ANNUAL RAMADAN IFTAR

Queer Muslims of Boston (QMOB) is requesting funding for their Annual Ramadan Iftar in May, a time for the community to come together and enjoy good company during the holy month. QMOB needs to raise $850 for the event, and we hope that SURJ can pool $300 towards that total. To donate please Venmo Sophie at "@Sophie-Hadingham" with the subject line "Queer Muslim Iftar".

CALL-IN TO SUPPORT ICE DETAINEES

While February's 70 person strong 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 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.

Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network

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.

Join: bit.ly/joinBIJAN | Donate: beyondbondboston.org
Share: bit.ly/BIJANflyer | Host: bit.ly/BIJANhousing

Movement for Black Lives

BLM Boston Campaign 21

BLM Boston regularly works to coordinate financial support for Black women and children fleeing abuse and/or experiencing housing insecurity. Become a monthly donor to BLMB to help them create a pool of resources for urgent needs! PAYPAL for one-time donations is m4blmboston@gmail.com.

VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER

Thursday May 2 at 5:30 PM in front of First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St in Jamaica Plain.

Educate Yourself

Community Change Inc.
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.

Knapsack Anti-Racism Group

Knapsack is a multiracial group hosted by Community Change Inc that is committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation.

White People Challenging Racism

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

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