May 12, 2019
This Mother’s Day help bring Black Mamas home! National Bail Out is running it’s 3rd annual Black Mama’s Bail Out, helping get Black mothers and caretakers free. DONATE TODAY!
This is just one step in fighting to end cash bail and is a powerful act of solidarity towards the vision of prison abolition. Do you know what cash bail is and how it works? Check out this resource from National Bail Out: https://nationalbailout.org/blackcodes/. Find out more about this Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists at http://nationalbailout.org/.
Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), a grassroots organization of young folks fighting for immigrant rights and currently working with Movimiento Cosecha to get driver's licenses for all, is being targeted by right wing trolls posting hateful comments and reviews on their Facebook page. Here’s what you can do to support them:
1. "Like" the SIM Facebook page.
2. Don't fight with the haters directly. NOT worth it.
3. "Like" or "Love" the videos on SIM's page, especially the ones with many negative comments. Post your own positive comments on the videos.
4. Post a positive review of SIM by clicking on Reviews on the sidebar and then saying "Yes" to recommending SIM and then write something positive
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 email@example.com.
Monday May 13, 7-8:30pm
100R Warren St Upstairs, not wheelchair accessible
Join Families for Justice as Healing for an info session about how to be involved with our campaign to #FreeHer! Learn about the women we're working to bring home, how, and why! Meet lead organizers and find out how to plug in.
Families for Justice as Healing is proud to lead the Massachusetts effort as part of the National Council of the Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Clemency Campaign!
The first phase of the Clemency Campaign is now until July 31. We will be mobilizing our communities to send 1 postcard per week asking Governor Baker to release women who:
We are also sending postcards to the parole board since they have decision making power. If you commit to do this PLEASE email Ruckus (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ashley (email@example.com) so they can keep track.
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
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.
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 May 18th. @10:00 for Tenant Organizing Meeting, @11:30 am for the canvass until 1:30 pm for debrief and lunch. The Housing Justice group is recruiting volunteers to join City Life/Vida Urbana’s canvassing work to help City Life learn about what housing issues are happening locally and spread the word about City Life so people can connect with organizing work and legal support at City Life's weekly meetings. If you are interested in getting involved with canvassing, email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fernando Dalfior and Brad Cangiamila bought 18 Brent Street in Dorchester this past March. They immediately issued eviction notices to EVERYONE in the building. Clearly, they're trying to flip this whole apartment building just to maximize their own profit. And we won't stand for it. Please sign this petition to help the Brent Street families save their homes!
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.
Thursday, May 16
Lobby Day: 1-5pm
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 soon on how to find us.
Know anyone in Wellesley, Weston, or Wayland that is interested in equity in Public Education? Please have them contact Tonya Tedesco (email@example.com). In conjunction with BEJA & MEJA, we are doing suburban outreach to win support for the Promise Act.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website
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We can do this.