January 5, 2020
The executive branch of the US government assassinated top ranked Iranian General Soleimani in Baghdad this past week. This is yet another exercise of the US' racialized, capitalist empire, and we call on white anti-racists to oppose war with Iran! US empire is not worth Iranian lives, and working people in the US do not deserve to die to further our empire.
Catalyst Project’s study guide: “No War-No Sanctions” - A study group curriculum to support action to stop war on Iran. In it you’ll find incredible resources on social movements in Iran, history of US intervention in Iran, information about recent politics and questions for reflecting and discussing.
Statement from Justice Before Peace - Justice Before Peace is a Black & POC-led anti-militarist organization designed to challenge the military-industrial complex. Please share!
MPower Change petition to Congress against war with Iran - MPower Change is a grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the U.S., who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.
Press release from CAIR Washington State - Iranian-Americans Illegally Detained In Mass At US Border
SURJB Prison Abolition and Immigration Justice groups both signed on to support Sherrie Andre, a local, Indigenous leader facing trial for their activism against ICE in Bristol County. We strongly encourage people to register and show up for one or both dates! We must support our people.
Here's how else you can support Sherrie:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Lift the Ban on Rent Control: MA State House Hearing + Action!
Tuesday, January 14. Hearing @ 10:30am; Rally @ 1pm. Massachusetts State House
25 years ago, big real estate and their friends in the State House destroyed #rentcontrol in Massachusetts. JOIN US on January 14th for a landmark State House hearing on a bill to repeal the rent control ban (H. 3924) sponsored by State Reps. Mike Connolly and Nika Elugardo. You can read the bill here and SIGN THE PLEDGE for rent control here! YOUR PRESENCE at the hearing in the state house at 10:30 and at the rally at 1pm on the front stairs will help demonstrate the groundswell of support! #LiftTheBanMA #RentControlMA
The Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston is organizing to demand bold changes to the city's affordable housing policy to address the crisis of displacement faced by working class communities. 13% affordability is not enough. We need private developers to include 1/3 affordable housing to help our communities thrive, at lower rents & prices we can truly afford. Learn more about the coalition and sign up here for email updates on the campaign.
The SURJ Housing Justice Action Partnership is seeking canvassers to support City Life/Vida Urbana’s anti-displacement work on the third Saturday of every month. Canvassers help CLVU 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. If you are interested in attending a canvass or if you'd like to learn more, please reach out to Brian at email@example.com.
Kim San Mak, a Cambodian American resident of Lowell, Massachusetts was detained during the last ICE raid on October 3, 2019. Mr. Mak, along with other Cambodian Americans detained, is now facing deportation to Cambodia, expected to happen any day now. We are asking for community support to make calls to the Suffolk County District Attorney, Rachael Rollins, and her office, asking for their support for Kim San Mak. Please make a call to the DA's office and share the script with your networks.
Folks are raising money for Vilma, a Catholic Latina immigrant and a Brighton resident whose husband has been held in ICE detention for over three months. Without his support, she urgently needs the support of her community to pay her family's hospital bills and taxes. Any amount helps! Please pass the word along to Brighton-based neighbors even if you can't give.
SIM DACA Renewal Fund
The SIM DACA fund is being created to provide economic support to DACA recipients in MA. Applicants have to pay $495 in fees for their renewal application. Many members of our community, including DACA folks, live paycheck to paycheck and often are not able to pay for the application fees. We are asking our community to help the DACA recipients here in MA who are part of our community with any monetary support for their DACA renewal application.
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.
Thanks to everyone who supported SURJ Boston's fundraiser for CCI! We raised over $5,500. We didn't reach our goal, though we learned some things for next time. If you'd still like to donate, you can do so.
Wednesday January 8th, 7:00pm - 9:15pm
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge
This is an opportunity to learn, listen and share around how patriarchy affects us all, to gain clarity on how we talk about patriarchy, deepen our vocabulary and understanding. This event is a great opportunity for those seeking new awareness and also for those well-versed in this struggle against patriarchy to share, find validation and continue to grow.
Sunday, January 12, 12:30pm
At a Jamaica Plain home (address given upon RSVP)
In a participatory and educational fashion, we'll explore our class backgrounds and positions and how these have affected choices and opportunities we've had and not had and decisions we've made and not made. This is a potluck so bring food to share if you can; hot and cold beverages will be provided. Bring friends; please request that they RSVP. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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