Get Involved

Public Education

📋 ✊ We have an ask from SIM (Student Immigration Movement), and Unafraid Educators: Help fight to ensure that BPS has a transparent policy around sharing student information with ICE. They are trying to protect immigrant students in BPS (Boston Public Schools). They have three steps you can take!

  1. Sign and share the petition at bit.ly/NoICEinBPS. We are hoping to get 2,000 signatures by March 18th. We have less than 400 to go! Spread the word!
  2. Come to the School Committee meeting on March 18th! We want a huge turn out to show the district that they need to adopt a stronger policy. Sign up at bit.ly/schoolcommittee318.
    Testify at the School Committee meeting on 3/18!

Lastly, please sign the Boston Education Justice Alliance BEJA pledge demanding that all Boston Public Schools have a baseline budget to assure funding for essentials such as clean water, libraries, teachers, counselors, nurses, etc. if you haven’t yet.

Housing Justice

☎️ Keep Up the Calls for the Tenant Protection Act!

Want to get involved and hear more about SURJ Boston's efforts to support the Tenant Protection Act and rent control? Sign up here! The committee vote on the Tenant Protection Act has been postponed until March 31st, so there are still a few weeks left to call your legislators (find their contact information here)! Read more from Right to the City Boston and find out more information about calling! Remember to report that you called to track our efforts.

📋 We Got 1,000 Signatures for #OurSuffolkDowns! Let's get 1,200!

Sign PUEBLO East Boston’s petition demanding an emergency meeting with Mayor Walsh! The PUEBLO East Boston Coalition’s demands are for 50% of units at a truly affordable rate of 30% area median income (AMI) and a community benefits agreement that a portion of profits are used for affordable housing and environmental reparations. Sign the petition and share on social media! #OurSuffolkDowns #NuestroSuffolkDowns

✊ 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.

Prison Abolition

📋 FREE RAYMOND GAINES

Sign this petition to demand a retrial for Raymond Gaines who was wrongfully convicted of 1st degree murder and armed robbery in 1975. He has been wrongfully imprisoned for 44 years, stolen from his family, loved ones, and community.

✊ Court Support for Sherrie Andre

Monday, 3/9 at 8:30 am
75 North 6th Street, New Bedford

Sherrie Andre is a long time indigenous leader of color who could face jail time for their direct, nonviolent action against the ICE detention center in Bristol County. Please turn up and support them as they continue to present their defence on Monday.

💵 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!

Immigration Justice

✊ DRIVING LICENSES FOR ALL PHONE BANK

Sunday, March 8, 4:00 PM
Workbar Central Square, Cambridge MA

Come phonebank with us at Activist Afternoons 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 here http://bit.ly/dff_signup so that we'll be able to contact you with more information.

💵 WELCOME THY HOME!

With support from his family and community, Thy Chea returned home on 2/26 after an 18-month fight against the Department of Homeland Security for a wrongful deportation. Support AARW in raising money for his resettlement back to the US! Learn more about his story and contribute here.

✊ Milk with Dignity Tour

Join Massachusetts Jobs with Justice! on Tuesday, March 17 at 6 PM for a 1.5 hour presentation with farmworker leaders from Vermont’s dairy industry. Learn more about Milk with Dignity, the current Hannaford campaign, and how to get involved!

✊ #LearnWithoutFear: Show up for the School Committee meeting!

Support SIM and Unafraid Educators BTU by showing up on Wednesday, March 18th at the school committee meeting to show your support for a policy that keeps all students safe. They will be delivering their petition and testifying to ensure that Boston Public Schools regulates the information they share with BPD. Learn more and sign up here!

💵 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.

Childcare

✊ Volunteer with the Greater Boston Childcare Collective

GBCC supports local racial justice and intersectional organizing by providing free childcare during meetings, events, and actions so that caregivers and children can fully participate. We provide care for groups being led by folks most impacted by oppression and who are on the front lines of their movements. Find out more information about GBCC here and on Facebook.

The GBCC Planning Team is looking for people who want to volunteer as a carer and for those interested in volunteering as a member of the GBCC Planning Team. The Planning Team does all the behind-the-scenes work of partner relationship building, care coordinating, and future planning. As we enter our fourth year of existence, we want to grow our network, Planning Team, and sustainability. Join us if you are invested in racial justice and enjoy caring for kids!

Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form if you'd like to become a volunteer carer.

Contact Morgan at morganch93@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more about joining the GBCC Planning Team or with any questions.

Movement for Black Lives

Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

Join the Vigil in Support of BLM that has taken place every month since December 2015. The purpose of the vigils is to create:

The Vigil takes place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. There will be a speaker, a reading of names, a silent standout in witness of of black lives lost and an announcements period.

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

SURJ National Webinars

SURJ National has a great slate of webinars coming up, if you choose to attend any let us know! We'd love to be in touch, you can just reply to this email.

Registration is required for all.

SURJ Electoral Strategy for Chapters

Tomorrow, March 9th, 8-9pm EST

Join this call for chapters to get involved in SURJs electoral strategy around the country! This will be a chance to hear how your chapter can get involved in moving your family, friends, and members to vote for racial justice.

A Black Queer Feminist Lens Gets Us All Free with Charlene Carruthers

Wednesday, March 11, 8-9:30pm EST

Join Charlene Carruthers, a strategist, writer and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation, for a conversation with SURJ. Charlene is the founding national director of BYP100, founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. The call will highlight the importance of applying a Black queer feminist lens to all of our movement work, including the work of SURJ. Join us for this conversation as we celebrate National Women’s History Month.

Sheriffs, White Supremacy & Organizing for Collective Liberation

Wednesday, April 1, 8-9:30pm EST

Join this conversation about the role of sheriffs in upholding white supremacy and the strategic need to run local campaigns that can hold them accountable, or kick them out of office in our work for collective liberation. Our guest speakers are from Political Research Associates and Sheriffs for Trusting Communities.

Community Change, Inc.

Join Community Change, Inc. and Network for Social Justice for AROS 2.0

May 8th and 9th

Looking to build your anti-racist organizing skills?
Committed to working with white people on racial justice?
Want to take action towards racial justice but not sure how?
Want to learn how to talk with other white folks about racism?

This 2.5 day training program is designed to help you become a better organizer for racial and social justice in your community. For more information and to register, contact Fran at fran@communitychangeinc.org

Get Educated

Anti-Oppression Meet up

Sunday, March 8, 2:30 - 5:00 PM
Democracy Center (Rosa Parks Room)
45 Mt Auburn St., Cambridge

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!

Understanding Islam Introductory Course

Wednesdays, March 18 - April 15 (4 sessions, no class April 8), 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.

SURJ Brunch with CCI trainer Donna Bivens on Desegregation and the Busing Crisis in Boston

Sunday, May 3, 12:30 PM

Save the date! Community Change Inc. trainer Donna Bivens has been leading educational sessions on the history of racism in Boston for decades. She's looked particularly at the Busing Crisis and she'll engage with us in unpacking the history of that era and what it means for us today.

Contact Amelie Ratliff to RSVP and for location info at amelie.ratliff@gmail.com.

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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