January 12, 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
On January 6, 2020, news broke that the Boston Public Schools has shared over 130 BPS students’ information with Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) has put out this call to action where you can find more info, sign their petition, and register to participate in upcoming teach-ins. https://actionnetwork.org/forms/join-us-in-making-schools-safe-from-ice
Please donate to support this remarkable person and Cosecha leader — who was just detained violently by ICE — and his family. The money will go towards hiring a lawyer and support for the family. Donate here!
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.
In another instance of the arbitrary cruelty of the court system, Sherrie’s trial was rescheduled on jury selection day to 1/26. You can read the full update from FANG Collective here. Sherrie and their comrades were initially arrested for resisting ICE in Bristol County in September. Follow FANG Collective for more updates on their case as they emerge.
Wednesday, January 15 at 10am, Room 428
The MA Legislature has the opportunity to stop corporations from profiting off families’ pain with exorbitant call rates (S. 1372) and to strengthen visitation policies (S. 1379/H. 2047) to ensure folks behind bars can stay connected with their people. Families for Justice As Healing (FJAH) will lead this lobby day. RSVP here so we can keep in touch with details.
Can’t make the Lobby Day? Make calls and send emails!
Tell the committee on Children and Families to report out favorably on S1379/H2047:
Tell the Public Safety Committee to report out favorably on S1372
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!
Tuesday, January 14. Hearing @ 10:30am; Rally @ 1pm. Massachusetts State House
Show up to demonstrate your support for ending the rent control ban in MA! We need as many people as possible to show up for a hearing on a bill to repeal the rent control ban in MA (H 3.924) and a rally in front of the State House steps to support the fight against displacement. It is time to allow MA cities and towns to choose the protections from eviction and displacement that make sense for residents.
Turnout is especially important for the rally to demonstrate a groundswell of support. Please help boost attendance by sharing the Facebook event. #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.
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 08:00 PM
From SURJ National, join this webinar with Hilary Moore and James Tracy, authors of "No Fascist USA!". This book tells the story of the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and highlights tactical lessons we can apply to fighting white supremacy today. Register here! if you plan to join, shoot us an email over at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can follow up about your experience :).
Starts Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 6:30 PM
A 5-week course for action planning, community, and skill-building to confront systemic anti-racism and anti-oppression. This course will focus on bridging a deep understanding of personal and structural racism into commitments and a solid plan to move forward. Sign up here!
Can't make it? Sign up for another session starting on March 4th here!
Sunday, January 26th 2-4pm at the Center for Marxist Education
This meetup is meant to hold space for anyone who wants to fight against oppression and discuss its effects on their lives in a community setting. Through the art of active listening in pairs, small, and whole group, we create a safe space and break down the oppressive system through our close-knit relationships. Our usual format for the meetings consists of share outs of our experiences, struggles, and successes, our reflections on our activist work, as well as the sharing of knowledge, resources, and theories. Main topics of the group meetings vary monthly and serve as a framework to expand the discussions of intersectionality of other oppressions--looking forward to seeing you there!
Join a 4-week (Feb. 18-March 10) study group using a reparations lens to think about redistributing individual and collective wealth, with a focus on the Boston Ujima Project.
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.
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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We can do this.