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Confronting White Supremacy

Join the counterprotests of the Straight Pride Parade, organized by known white supremacists and fascists, on 8/31.


9am-12pm, Boston City Hall

Fight Supremacy will be a stationary rally before the scheduled Straight Pride Parade at city hall, featuring speakers, music, and performances. This event will not be a direct confrontation and is led by Violence in Boston, Inc. and Black Lives Matter Boston and Cambridge.


11am-3pm, Copley Square

Straight Pride is Hate Pride will be a directly confrontational action during the Straight Pride Parade and will be a mobile action organized by a Solidarity Against Hate Boston. The goal will be to peacefully disrupt this white supremacist, fascist organizing.

Here is more information about local white supremacists:

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

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

Summer Education Series: Let’s Talk, Communicating Our Cause!

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice, 375 Centre St., JP. 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Join us for our Summer Education Series, open for all! In this session we'll learn to communicate in a way that cuts through the clutter of information bombarding us on a daily basis to leave an impression and build power!

Anti-Racist Organizing in Northern New England Symposium

Join the AROS Northern New England Planning Team for a convening of organizers, activists, leaders, and educators committed to the movement for racial justice in Northern New England. This is a unique opportunity to get to know each other, share strategies, learn about policy issues, and strengthen our efforts.

See the Facebook event and flyer for more details.

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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Puerto Rican Solidarity

Noche Bohemias

Friday, 8/23, 7 pm
The City School, 614 Columbia Ave, Dorchester (Ramsey St entrance)

The upcoming event is a fundraiser to support the 100th Birthday of a great liberation fighter Lolita Lebron. Bohemia Performers include guitarists, singers, poetry and spoken word in company of great people, fun and enthusiasm. Appetizers and beverages will be available. Email Dorotea with any questions.


Saturday, 9/21, 7pm
Snowden Auditorium University Dr N, Boston, Massachusetts 02122

The monologue "Lolita" is a posthumous tribute to the revolutionary leader and former political prisoner Lolita Lebrón. Even though Lolita passed away only about three years ago, there are still many young people and adults who are unfamiliar with the revolutionary legacy this famous Puerto Rican and independence leader left us.  

Housing Justice

Join the fight for a stronger Inclusionary Development Policy!

Monday, August 19th at 11 AM - 1 PM
Boston City Hall

Join us as we deliver over 1,000 postcards from residents across Boston demanding more true affordability in private developments! We need BOLD SOLUTIONS that rise up to the crises we are facing. Make the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) match Community Need and Boston Residents’ Real Incomes to truly tackle the affordability and displacement crisis. Facebook event here. If you haven't signed the petition for a stronger IDP already, what are you waiting for? Click here and sign!


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!

Action Alert: Rally to support Jamaica Plain tenants facing eviction!

When: Saturday, 8/24/19, 2-3pm

Where: 280 Hyde Park Avenue (13 min walk from Forest Hills train station)

What: Rally led by tenants at 253-261 and 280 Hyde Park Ave. fighting no-fault evictions.  Torrington Properties recently bought these buildings and have been evicting tenants one by one at no-fault.  Torrington owns property in Arlington as well and we are keeping connected to them as well.  We are fighting to keep people in their homes! Please reach out to Brian at  brian@mutualaid.info if you can make it!!

Solidarity and Reparations        


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.

Immigration Justice


The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is in the process of reviewing and updating the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP), the policy that determines how much affordable housing is required in private developments. Join us as we deliver over 1,000 postcards from residents across Boston demanding more true affordability in private developments! Add your voice! Sign the petition TODAY.


Monday, Aug 19, 10am at the JFK Building

Join us as we rally outside of Elizabeth Warren's headquarters, demanding that our elected officials and presidential candidates commit to ending all detention and deportation until Congress passes just and humane immigration reform! After the kickoff, continue with us on our 70-mile solidarity pilgrimage toward the Stratford detention center in Dover, NH.


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 so that we'll be able to contact you with more information.


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


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. Donate today to help us reach $1000 this month!

Donate Retired Cellphones!

Our friend Jude Glaubman is collecting retired cell phones for women leaving incarceration. If you have phones in usable condition to donate, get in touch with Jude at jglaubman@thecouncil.us

Call for Quilters!

Are you a quilter? We need quilter to support the national, state-by-state effort for women to receive clemency. The quilts will need to be completed by the end of September. Each quilt will feature the names of women seeking clemency in their state. If you’re interested, email Ashley (ashley.tartarilla@gmail.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 rachelbish91@gmail.com.


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

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.

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