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MEETING WITH BPDA FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WE NEED

Tuesday August 6, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Asian American Resource Workshop
42 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is holding meetings across the city to get input on changes to the IDP, the policy that sets the requirement for affordability in new private developments. Seven community organizations are co-hosting this meeting to share community needs and solutions for affordable housing! Come and support communities that are speaking out for higher requirements of affordability and redefining of income levels. Don't forget to also sign the petition to demand a stronger IDP that includes requiring developers to make one third of new units truly affordable.

SUPPORT NEW BEGINNINGS!

New Beginnings Reentry Services is a Boston-based nonprofit that supports and empowers formerly incarcerated women and non-binary individuals as they navigate the challenges of reentering their communities. New Beginnings is starting a Women’s Voices Project/Movement that will focus on barriers women face once released. This fundraiser would allow New Beginnings to begin this program and further serve their community via counseling and support services. As they grow, they hope to establish a house for an 18 month residential program.

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

SUMMER EDUCATION SERIES: WHO'S GOT THE POWER?

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. 375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.
August 5, 6:00-7:30 pm.

Join us for our Summer Education Series, open for all! In this workshop we will learn some tools to help strategize and build community POWER! This workshop will be lead by Tarshia Green Williams, the Workers' Rights Coordinator at Massachusetts Jobs with Justice.

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

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.

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Solidarity and Reparations        

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.

Confronting White Supremacy

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

Immigration Justice

DRIVING LICENSES FOR ALL PHONE BANK

Thursday August 8
145 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Come phonebank with us to help all Massachusetts residents, regardless of immigration status, access the basic right of a driver's license! Please bring a laptop/tablet/other internet device, and sign up here.

SANCTUARY IN THE STREETS: MASS INCARCERATION AND DETENTION

Monday, August 5th, 6-8PM
The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St. Northampton, MA
This month's general assembly of Sanctuary in the Streets with be drawing connections between Mass Incarceration and Immigrant Detention. We will also talk about concrete ways we can stop criminalization and detention and organize to pass drivers licenses for all regardless of immigration status.

FUNDRAISING FOR BLACK MOMENTUM TRAINING

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!

Muslim Justice League

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.  

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 BIJAN | Donate to BIJAN | Share BIJAN| Host someone thru BIJAN

Prison Abolition

Call for Quilters!

Are you a quilter? A later phase of the clemency campaign will need many quilters to support making giant quilt with patches for each woman enduring incarceration. If you’re interested, email Ashley (ashley.tartarilla@gmail.com).

SIGN UP TO BE A MEAL CAPTAIN FOR FJAH PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE!

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 rachelbish91@gmail.com.

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!

BLACK & PINK VOLUNTEER DROP IN

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!

Public Education

make calls for 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  
liz.miranda@mahouse.gov (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)

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.

Movement for Black Lives

GOT LINKED IN? ADD BLACK LIVES MATTER BOSTON!

Black Lives Matter Boston needs more connections to make a company profile. Add them on LinkedIn by clicking here.

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.

Housing Justice

DONATE TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST EVICTIONS

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!

Canvass for city Life/Vida Urbana

Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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 brian@mutualaid.info.

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