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SURJ Boston Launching Prison Abolition Base Group!

Base Groups are the entryway to becoming a SURJ Boston member by participating in small, welcoming groups that orient people to our values, strategy, and organization over four months, and mobilizes people to collectively take action with our partner organizations.

In the next month (or so) SURJB will be launching a Base Group that is themed primarily towards Prison Abolition work and theory. If this is an issue you feel strongly about, and would like to join, please be sure to share that in the “interests and identities” section of the signup form here.

And to anyone else who would like to join a Base Group this February / March, but hasn’t had the opportunity to complete the application form, now is the time as spaces are filling up! The signup deadline for this round is January 31st but we advise folks to sign up sooner to improve the likelihood a space will still be available in February.

Fund the Movement!

LIBERATION GAMES 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.

Documenting Violence in Boston's Origin Story

Monica Cannon-Grant has some exciting news to share -- we have commissioned a documentary about Violence in Boston's origin story! This exciting project is going to launch some exciting, huge news about Violence in Boston. We need to raise $8,000 before January 30th. Please donate what you can and share this pool with your networks! This fundraiser needs about $6,000 more --donate on PayPal here!!

Get Involved

Immigration Justice

JOIN US: MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE FROM ICE

February 4, 6:00pm
9A Hamilton Place, Boston MA 02108
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. For registration and additional info: bit.ly/noiceinbps

#DontDeportStudents

Despite protests, student Shahab Dehghani was deported from Logan Airport earlier this week, the latest in a series of similar deportations targeting Iranian students. Please read this article sharing stories from some of the students who have been deported and follow Muslim Justice League on Facebook for further information.

Activist Afternoons Data Entry for the MA TPS Committee

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!

Free Baido: Legal Fees and Family Support

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!

BIJAN Fundraiser- Help Support Vilma

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.

Prison Abolition

Update on Sherrie Andre

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.

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.

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!

Housing Justice

CHANGE THE INCLUSIONARY DEVELOPMENT POLICY (IDP) AND WIN TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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.

Canvass Monthly with City Life/Vida Urbana

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 brian@mutualaid.info.

Confronting White Supremacists

Support the River City Medic CollectivE

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.

No Fascist USA! Webinar

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 surj-boston-action@googlegroups.com so we can follow up about your experience :).

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

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.

The Watering Hole

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.

Get Educated

SURJ Brunch - Fight Voter Suppression by writing postcards to those targeted for removal from voter rolls

February 9, 12:30pm
We'll have materials and experienced leaders walk us through writing postcards to inform people whose names are on lists to remove them from the voter rolls. Bring a black pen and your most legible handwriting. Potluck so bring food to share if you can. Hot and cold beverages provided. Please RSVP to Amelie Ratliff at amelie.ratliff@gmail.com for the address.

Confronting Systemic Racism

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 for another session starting on March 4th here!

Anti-Oppression Meetup

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!

Redistribution + Investment Study Group

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.

Understanding Islam Introductory Course

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 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

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