January 19, 2020
February 1, 4:30-11:30 PM
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The purpose of this annual fundraising event is to have fun while putting resources into organizing and movement building for collective liberation. Ticket sales, cash bar, and all other proceeds support local radical organizations. What can you bet on this year? A game room with dozens of games to choose from to play with your friends or new comrades, the always riveting poker tournament, the triumphant return of the dominoes tournament, food from the Olio Culinary Collective, and of course a dance party! The event is always family friendly. Spread the word! And remember to like our Facebook Page to get all of the updates.
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
January 20, 12:00-2:30pm
St. Stephen's Youth Programs, 419 Shawmut Ave., 02118
Join the Student Immigrant Movement, the Unafraid Educators, and youth from the St. Stephen's Youth Programs for a teach-in that will get you caught up on what has been happening to Boston Public Schools' students, the work that has been done around this for the past two years, and how to stay involved through upcoming action steps. REGISTER NOW & SIGN THE PETITION.
January 26, 4:00-5:45pm
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA
MA TPS Committee members need help organizing their data and contact lists. From 4-5:45 they will enter the sign in sheets, letters, and other contact information into a google form. Please bring a laptop and RSVP here!
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!
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.
The Department of Corrections wants to build a new women’s prison at Bay State Correctional Center. We need $50 million to build our communities not to build new cages! Join formerly incarcerated women of the Community vs Cages Coalition to bring pressure to the government agency reviewing applications to design this new prison.
Designer Selection Board Meeting: Wednesday Jan 22, 8:30am at 1 Ashburton Pl 21st Floor Conference Room One
Can’t make it? Participate in a tweet storm Tuesday, Jan 21- follow @SurjBoston for sample tweets
January 25, 2:00-4:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury
In 1989, Chuck Stuart murdered his wife and falsely accused a Black man of the crime. Following the murder, the Suffolk County DA and the Boston Police Department waged a campaign of terror against black men - placing an extra 100 officers on the streets and performing upward of 150 “stop and frisk” searches per day. The City of Boston has never reckoned or repaired the harm done to its Black communities. Join Families for Justice as Healing Saturday January 25th, 2-4:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry 10 Putnam St, Roxbury for a community conversation on policing, prosecution, reckoning and releasing people from prison.
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.
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!
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.
The River City Medic Collective is holding an emergency fundraiser ahead of Monday's pro-gun/armed rally in Richmond, VA, which members of violent white supremacist groups are likely to attend. The River City Medic Collective is a collective of trained street medics, EMTs, paramedics, wilderness first responders, herbalists, and other health care providers dedicated to showing up in solidarity with marginalized communities and providing care during times of unrest when emergency services might not be readily available. Donate to the fundraiser here.
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.
January 28, 6:00-7:30 PM
This month, the topic of the Watering Hole is white supremacy and imperialism in the Middle East. Please find more details and RSVP here if you would like to attend.
4 Wednesdays (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26), 7:00-9:00 PM
Boston Workers Circle, 6 Webster St., Brookline
Understanding Islam: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective on the Essence of Islam, the Diversity of the Muslim World, and its Relationship with the West. This course is designed to bring an alternative voice, and a glimpse of the wider, sweeping, story of the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. Islam is the fastest growing faith in the world. Hayat will answer questions such as: Who are we? What do Muslims find so appealing in Islam? What do we believe? What underlies Islamic culture and community? What is our experience with non-Muslims?
Lecture and discussion based. Each session will include a presentation, interspersed with time for questions and answers. Find out more and register here.
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.