July 21, 2019
Monday July 22, 6:00-7:30 PM
Join Massachusetts Jobs with Justice tomorrow for our Summer Education Series, open to all! This workshop will answer all your questions about what you, your coworkers, and your boss can and can't do on the job.
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
Straight pride parade organizers Mark Sahady, John Hugo, and Chris Bartley are known white supremacists who are using "straight pride" as they have used gun rights, "free speech," abortion, immigration and other "culture war" issues to thinly cover for their attempts to build a white supremacist, fascist movement.
Here is more information:
Good summary and rundown of Straight Pride organizers ties to organized fascists, ThinkProgress, 2019.
ThinkProgress 2018, background on Resist Marxism of which Sahady is a key organizer and links to attacks in Charlottesville.
Antifash Gordon Twitter Thread laying out history of Straight Pride organizers
Tuesday July 23, 6:00-7:30 PM
Join us as we pass out our Know Your Rights packets to local businesses and stores on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. Stay organized and defend our neighbors!
Brockton & Quincy Delegations. Thursday, July 25th 12-1 PM
Join constituents to demand Rep. Lynch do his part to end the detention camps! We will gather outside the offices and then go in together.
We continue to urge the Boston Police Department to end its involvement in CVE, including the Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP) program that treats Somali Diaspora youth as potential "extremists." Raise Your Voice: (1) sign the petition to stop YPIP and (2) Tweet or post a facebook message -- using #StopYPIP -- if you believe Boston should not treat our communities as national security threats based on religion, race, or where we're from.
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.
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We’re going to finish the first phase of the clemency campaign strong! Join our postcard writing party:
Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lucy Parsons Center, 358 Centre St #A, JP
We’ll provide everything you need, and a representative from the National Council will update us on the campaign progress.
It's also not too late to sign up to send postcards! 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 (email@example.com) and Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org) so they can keep track.
Need Postcards to Mail?
We have #FreeHer postcards that you can use for the final 3 weeks! All proceeds will go to theNational Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Please email Ash at email@example.com if you would like some! Pay by cash or venmo (@ash-trull) and they can deliver anywhere in JP or coordinate a pick-up in other parts of town. We have A LOT so help so help us get these postcards into Charlie Baker's and the Parole Board's mailbox this month; buy some to share with your friends, base group, organization, co-workers, etc! Prices are:
Call for Quilters!
Are you a quilter? A later phase of the clemency campaign above will need many quilters to support making giant quilt with patches for each woman enduring incarceration. If you’re interested, email Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking to feed the movement? Families for Justice As Healing is asking allies to provide meals to support their participatory defense meetings, where people fighting cases get together to plan their legal defenses and find community support. These meetings are based on the model of Mothers in Charge, a Black woman-led organization in PA.
SURJB is seeking meal captains to:
Interested in participating in meal coordination or a part of the meal? Fill out this google form
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!
Black and Pink’s mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQ+/HIV+ people through advocacy, support, and organizing.
These drop ins welcome any kind of abolitionist energy, whether reading and entering mail into the database, writing letters, playing cards, or chatting. Formerly incarcerated and court involved people especially encouraged to attend. Cis, straight and/or free world allies are welcome!
Wednesday, July 24, 4PM-6PM
Come support Fund Our Future and enjoy some free pizza by coming to our phone banking party! We will be calling and writing to our legislators to encourage their support on the Promise and Cherish acts.
SURJ Public Ed's partner BEJA (Boston Education Justice Alliance) is requesting that folks call these reps to support the Promise and the Cherish Act if they live in their district. We need to fund our public schools and colleges by passing these bills this spring – in time for local communities to include the funding in the next academic year’s budget and in time for public college students to avoid tuition and fee hikes this fall. Students can’t afford to wait. More information is here and a phone script for calling is here.
Chyna Tyler of South End/Lower Roxbury
Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov (617) 722-2450
Michael Moran of Allston/Brighton/parts of Brookline
Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov (617) 722-2014
Aaron Michlewitz of Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, parts of Chinatown
Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov (617) 722-2990
Liz Miranda of Dorchester, Uphams Corner, Fields Corner
email@example.com (617) 722-2430
*supports the Promise Act (k-12) but not the Cherish Act (higher-ed)
Kevin Honan, parts of Brighton
Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov (617) 722-2470
*supports the Promise Act (k-12) but not the Cherish Act (higher-ed)
Know anyone in Wellesley, Weston, or Wayland that is interested in equity in Public Education? Please have them contact Tonya Tedesco (firstname.lastname@example.org). In conjunction with BEJA & MEJA, we are doing suburban outreach to win support for the Promise Act.
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Thursday, August 1, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain.
Monthly vigil in support of Black Lives Matter
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.
The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the BRA), will be updating their Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) over the next few months and we need YOU to sign the petition to demand a stronger IDP for Boston that includes one third affordable units and a redefinition of "affordable" that makes units truly affordable. Sign the petition here!
We are continuing to raise funds for the Grahams, who have been organizing with City Life/Vida Urbana to fight an unjust eviction. They have now settled their case and plan to move out; we thank them for putting up a fight against housing displacement! Our goal is now to raise a total of $10,000 to cover their attorney fees (which were higher than originally expected) as well as a donation they plan to make to City Life/Vida Urbana to support other families who are fighting displacement in Boston. We still need to raise around $4,000 for the Grahams' fundraiser, and your support is greatly appreciated! Please donate here if you can. Thank you!
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.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.