July 28, 2019
Sunday, August 4
Gather: BPL steps in Copley
#DeeperThanWater, Black and Pink Boston, and over a dozen other endorsing organizations call on us to recognize that all cages are connected & to oppose wardens, jailers, prison profiteers, and ICE collaborators.
We march against the American Correctional Association’s conference, which is the largest gathering of jailers in the country. We oppose these racist, fascist, xenophobic institutions and demand freedom for our people. Learn more about the ACA and their role in oppression 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.
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
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.
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.
Momentum (who has incubated/supported IfNotNow, Cosecha, Sunrise and others) is hosting the second ever Black Momentum training led by and for Black organizers from across the US this August in Durham, NC. They need to raise $20,000 in tuition and travel scholarships to ensure that participants can attend regardless of their resources so please give as you are able!
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.
Send your postcards to Governor Charlie Baker and the MA Parole board demanding clemency for women in MA who are elderly, chronically ill, enduring 10+ years, and/or criminalized survivors of violence. Sign up to stay connected through this form.
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 (email@example.com)
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? Fill out the form and if you have questions email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
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.
Saturday, August 17th at 10AM - 2:30PM -- CLVU Office, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
The SURJ Housing Justice Action Partnership is seeking canvassers to support City Life/Vida Urbana’s anti-displacement work. Canvassers help City Life learn about what housing issues are happening locally, and spread the word about City Life so people can connect with housing justice organizing work and legal support. Folks from the Housing Justice group will be helping train/mentor this group of canvassers alongside City Life staff/volunteers. We think it will be a great way to get folks deeper involved in SURJ and in local housing justice work! If you are interested in attending the canvass or if you'd like to learn more, please reach out to Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 $4,100 for the Grahams' fundraiser, and your support is greatly appreciated! Please donate here if you can. Thank you!
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.